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worst place to live - 11/18/2007
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Jenn
Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach is by far the worst place I have ever lived. Thier is no substance to it at all, and looking to get out of here very soon. Very dirty, trashy, full of crime and just an incredibly boring city. It would be the last place to raise a family, and I would feel that children would not be safe living here. Look at the statistics, and in fact heard today that as far as mid size cities -- it was the number one worst place to live. I am tired of looking at the "eagles" stores on every corner, and seeing a bunch of drunks hanging out in every part of town. The beaches are nothing to look at either, and even they have gone to pits. The only good thing is the "Carolina Opry", and maybe a few select restaurants in North Myrlte. Other than that, it is a pathetic town. I am sorry that I came here to live in the first place.

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Cathy

re: worst place to live - 11/18/2007 - 7/26/2009
I feel very strongly about if you don't like where you live, then move. It's not that hard. It is a recreational town, a beach town, vacation spot, etc. Didn't you check this out before you moved to Myrtle Beach? People do ask for opinions on this site and you have every right to give yours. I'm not being mean, just wondering why you live there, when clearly you hate it. Same goes for Tyler too. I don't know what you read saying it was the worst city to live. It is in the top 10 cities to retire. Great restaurants, 32 golf courses, fantastic climate, and entertainment. I'm sorry you are so unhappy.


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Randy

re: worst place to live - 11/18/2007 - 11/28/2010
We have lived in MB for three years, and like everywhere else, it has it's pluses and minuses. we love the beaches and the many terrific restaurants. my kids all finished high school here and are all doing well in College. Entertainment varies from the Branson like reviews, which we aren't that into, to our small but terrific symphony, which we love. There are also several small theater companies, an aquarium, and there are always lot's of local festivals, some better than others. There is almost always something going on at Coastal Carolina University as well.We are a rapidly growing area with some growing pains. Lots of traffic during tourist season, and increased crime during that time as well. Road expansion going on continually to keep up. On the other hand, more of a small town feel in the winter months. We do have quite a few tacky beachwear outlets, but they make quite a contribution to the local economy. We do have beach bums, mostly harmless old alcoholics stuck in the sixties. Anyone who says there is nothing to do is delusional. So again, a mixed bag, but all in all an enjoyable place to live.


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John

re: worst place to live - 11/18/2007 - 8/27/2011
There are worse places. We've bee stuck in the middle of Missouri for the last 10 years as of Sept 21st. Moving back to Myrtle Beach within the year. Believe me, even with the tourists and beach tackiness ( you just have to know where/when to go) it beats this place hands down. And, irony of ironies, I was raised in the Midwest. You'd think this place would be heaven for me.


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Donald

re: worst place to live - 11/18/2007 - 6/21/2011
I fninally go someone to agree with me


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Tyler

re: worst place to live - 11/18/2007 - 4/15/2009
Jenn is spot-on. The only good thing about Myrtle Beach is the prospect of leaving it. So glad I no longer have to see Wings or Eagles stores on every other block. What a dump.


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George
Myrtle Beach, SC

Golf - 3/26/2014

Myrtle beach is the golf mecca of the world. So many wonderful and challenging courses you could play a different course every week for at least (2) years. Besides golf there are many Theaters that have big name entertainers and varity shows to keep you entertained in the evening.

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Amy
Myrtle Beach, SC

The Absolute Truth - 2/12/2013

About Myrtle Beach is it depends on the type of person you are. If you are retired, have plenty of money to spend on a home or condo, and you don't have to work, this place is perfect for you. However, don't move here if you are a young professional trying to make your way to the top. The county/city jobs are left for those "that know someone" and go by the "good ole boy" system. There are mostly just entertainment business jobs locally - in which your hours are cut extremely in the fall and winter months. There's a terrible amount of drugs, crime, etc here. And this is coming from someone that was born and raised in Conway, SC. I have lived here my entire life, and I'm trapped here. There isn't one day that goes by that I don't wish that I could leave. I'm bound because my husband has a son that lives here and my parents own land out in Conway, and I'd never leave them. I'm their only child and will remain here to care for them. My career has not advanced, despite my efforts. The work and the money is just not there. I deal with some of the most incredibly ridiculous people I've ever met in my life. Even in the Winter months, it's a complete rat race. The taxes are over-priced, you can't enjoy the beach as they are over-crowded and employees are treated like "servants" here. Most people can't afford rent, are on some kind of welfare from the government and don't really try to find jobs - even if they had one perfectly good one right in front of them. Contractors in the area are lazy, try getting one to come out to your house to fix something - and if they do, they make off with your money, and you never see them again. It's just a low class place to live, if you ask me. If you aren't rich, can't stay in one very small section of town that's for the "rich" and you try to live a nice middle-class life, work hard and want to have something for your children, retirement and be able to afford basic every day living - do NOT move here. I work in the apartment industry and talk to folks almost every single day that are looking to re-locate for a better life. Think again. This is my home-town and I'm supposed to love it here and have great pride and respect. However, I do not. There are strip clubs and bars on every single corner and the city of Myrtle Beach drains the pockets of the tourists in taxes and nothing goes back to the place at all. There is no real "inner city", no where to enjoy any kind of culture - and most people are drunken washed up drug addicts that live pay check to pay check in order to purchase weed. Seriously not a place I'd want to live forever, raise children, or expect to earn a decent living!

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Paul
Norwalk, CT

PLANTATION POINT - 11/9/2012

Whatever you do do not buy a house in this development. To put it short and sweet a helicopter business opened up next door, and right next to that is a sewerage plant which smells real bad and I was told when the wind blows towards the development it smells real bad and especilly when it get hot the smell hangs in the area. I drove to it which is one street over and the smell was like I just took a dump in the toilet.

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Tom
Conway, SC

Great beach! - 6/22/2012

The beach is great here and home prices are low.

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John Frobb
Wappingers Falls, NY

MYRTLE BEACH SC - 5/30/2012

Myrtle Beach is an EXCELLENT vacation spot. Plenty to do like golfing, mini golfing, swimming in the ocean, arcades, museums, amusement parks, water parks. Definately go check out Myrtle Beach.

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GE
Myrtle Beach, SC

Very laid back - 10/1/2011

Very laid back town. Mostly tourists and retirees. No true city center or culture. Nice beaches. Low cost of living.

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Howie
Naples, FL

10 on Crime? - 10/29/2010

A 10/10 in crime? I grew up in Indianapolis and there was something going on daily with crime. I also have lived in Naples, FL and Holly Springs, NC. Since living here, I have experienced, nor seen, any excessive crime that would make it worse to live here than any other city. We can't stay home and are always out and about. Sure there is crime here, being it's the lowest paid 'big' county in the nation. But there are spots, that for someone with intelligence, could plainly see to avoid. It's still overall, with kids, the best place we've lived. Wow, something different to do everyday.

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LJ
Magnolia, DE

Finally Had To Move - 9/6/2010

Sadly, we had to sell our condo in Myrtle Beach as quickly as we purchased it because we had no idea the crime there so excessive. My husband and I kept trying to convince ourselves that we were safe in spite of all the stats hitting us in the face shouting--HELLLOOO? We subsequently learned that the police had been called to our area over 1000 times in the previous 2 years and there have been 105 violent crimes right near our community! The police keep insisting that the crime stats were "skewed" and kept blaming it on the tourists who come in and out of the city. We just weren't going to buy that anymore. We have lived in many resort areas---Western Florida, Hawaii, the Jersey Shore,etc. and there was never any such crime problem with or without tourists around. Sorry, but if you're afraid to be in your own home or to park your car in your own lot or leave your house after dark-it's time to say "enough is enough". What more needs to be said when Sperling rates your city a "10" on a crime scale from 1 to 10?

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Jim
Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach SC - Very Affordable Costal Living - 6/25/2010

Myrtle Beach SC is a very affordable place to live near the beach. If you've always wanted to live near the ocean and enjoy the beach lifestyle without having to pay major money to do so, then Myrtle Beach, SC could be just what your looking for. My wife and I moved to Myrtle Beach SC 4 years ago and we love it, the cost of everything from gas to housing to food is FAR CHEAPER than any other area of the country we have lived in.

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Bp
Myrtle Beach, SC

Quality of LIfe - 6/4/2010

I too was drawn to Myrtle Beach for it's affordable housing and lack of snow. However if you are struggling as I am then forget it, you won't find a better life here. There are no "Quality" jobs and there is no health care. I've been looking for 6 months and I was reduced to taking a job with a company that offers minimum wage with no health care. On top on that they treat their employees like dirt. People work out in the hot sun for hours and when they do get their ONE break its outside in the heat. There isn't even a refrigerator to store their water or food. Oh sure the company lets them buy over priced unhealthy food provided to them on the premises [while making min. wage] but even that becomes impossible when it gets busy as the lines are long and our breaks are only 30 minutes. They also charge us to wear their uniform and the one that really slays me..they charge us for a cup of ice. As to health care..if you are single, no kids and can't afford health care you are SOL in SC. You are a tax libility and you deserve to die. I have never seen so many toothless people in one place in my life. On the news they call the first 100 days of summer in Myrtle Beach .. the one hundred days of death..this is in tribute to the number of drunk drivers on the road during this time. DON'T go out at night until September. And yes there are "Gentlemen Clubs" and areas known for prostitution. I currently live in affordable housing and I get to listen to the drunks every night. Ahh then there is the traffic.. glorious traffic.. the roads here a awful..no escape from it.. June to September.. lots and lots of traffic. Go south..go way north of Myrtle Beach [to NC at least it's a democratic state and there is hope]but whatever you do don't live in Myrtle Beach!!

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Justin
Myrtle Beach, SC

Nice place to live. Close to Charlotte and Charles - 3/2/2010

I have read alot of peoples comments about Myrtle Beach. MOST ARE PUT ON BY OBVIOUSLY IGNORANT PEOPLE. Look you do not move to Myrtle Beach and expect to make 100k, well maybe if you already have money and are opening businesses(like myself). I am an entrereneur from Charlotte, NC. I lived on the fabulous Lake Norman in the town of Cornelius. A very highend area. My partner and I moved to myrtle beach to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you are expecting Miami, you should probably go to Miami! The summers are great here! Great weather. I was swimming in the ocean the 2nd week of November. This winter has been cold everywhere so I do not have enough experience here with winter weather. I live in Market Commons. but I lived of Highway 15 for a couple months which is a little sketch. The crime here is really not bad, unlike charlotte which had a murder the first 13 days of 2009. Cost of living- I live in an upscale area, I only pay about $900 a month, my condo on lake norman, I paid $1800 a month. I am only 1 mile from the water here. The culture- This is the south. Enough said! We love fried foods and meat! I mean MB is a major Vacation town so if you come looking for sheik shopping and world class resturants by emerils go to Miami. If you looking for an affordable place to take a nice family vacation or have dreamed of owning your own small business then maybe Myrtle is for you. Its not Miami, but its not the Jersey shore either, were just somewhere in the middle. Bad Place to live?- Look if you move here and hate it, then move back to whater Jersey slum, Pennslyvania Mountain, or Ohio farm you came from. Simple as that. Dont move here on a wim without doing research about the job market and say the MB sucks,Your just dumb for not figuring out a career arangement before you moved!!! Ther are some bad places to eat, but there are also alot of good places. Brook Green Gardens is a great place for a day date, the state park is great for getting some serenity. So in close, you should research any move you make. During the winter my business dropped 66%, I barely make enough to cover overhead, but during the months of April to October, I make alot of money(COLD HARD CASH)

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steve
Myrtle Beach, SC

Relocated to Myrtle Beach from south Jersey - 2/4/2010

We have been traveling to Myrtle Beach for over 3 years before moving here Feb. 09. We love MB. The cost of living is very inexpensive compared with Jersey. The people are very friendly. It is a slower lifestyle and the weather is great. It is difficult finding good labor for house/yard projects. Requires trial & error.

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LJ
Magnolia, DE

Taste the Good Life! - 12/13/2009

For years I had dreamed of buying a condo in Myrtle Beach, but with my main concern being safety, I kept putting my plans on hold because of the crime stats and reviews I would read. But as I continued visiting and talking to people and getting to know the city better and better, I finally decided to buy a condo located near "Broadway at the Beach". I have found the South Carolinians to be just about the nicest people on Earth, and I am blessed and grateful to have found a condo for under $50,000! Where else can you buy anything near the beach for that price? I have lived at the Jersey Shore and Florida, and I have also traveled to Hawaii and many of the islands, but this beats it all! With its mild weather year round, Myrtle Beach is both a cozy winter retreat as well as a charming summer resort. The fabulous restaurants, shops, and cultural events along with the beautiful beaches and the State Park enhance the city's charm. Don't live your life in fear or put your dreams on hold because of a few negative reviews. Some people would do nothing but complain even if they lived in Heaven. So come down and see for yourself. Make my home yours!

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LJ
Magnolia, DE

Enjoy Life! - 12/13/2009

For years I had dreamed of buying a condo in Myrtle Beach, but with my main concern being safety, I kept putting my plans on hold because of the crime stats and reviews I would read. But as I continued visiting and talking to people and getting to know the city better and better, I finally decided to buy a condo located near "Broadway at the Beach". I have found the South Carolinians to be just about the nicest people on Earth, and I am blessed and grateful to have found a condo for under $50,000! Where else can you buy anything near the beach for that price? I have lived at the Jersey Shore and Florida, and I have also traveled to Hawaii and many of the islands, but this beats it all! With its mild weather year round, Myrtle Beach is both a cozy winter retreat as well as a charming summer resort. The fabulous restaurants, shops, and cultural events along with the beautiful beaches and the State Park enhance the city's charm. Don't live your life in fear or put your dreams on hold because of a few negative reviews. Some people would do nothing but complain even if they lived in Heaven. So come down and see for yourself. Make my home yours!

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LJ
Magnolia, DE

Enjoying the Beach - 12/13/2009

For years I had dreamed of buying a condo in Myrtle Beach, but with my main concern being safety, I kept putting my plans on hold because of the crime stats and reviews I would read. But as I continued visiting and talking to people and getting to know the city better and better, I finally decided to buy a condo located near "Broadway at the Beach". I have found the South Carolinians to be just about the nicest people on Earth, and I am blessed and grateful to have found a condo for under $50,000! Where else can you buy anything near the beach for that price? I have lived at the Jersey Shore and Florida, and I have also traveled to Hawaii and many of the islands, but this beats it all! With its mild weather year round, Myrtle Beach is both a cozy winter retreat as well as a charming summer resort. The fabulous restaurants, shops, and cultural events along with the beautiful beaches and the State Park enhance the city's charm. Don't live your life in fear or put your dreams on hold because of a few negative reviews. Some people would do nothing but complain even if they lived in Heaven. So come down and see for yourself. Make my home yours!

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LJ
Magnolia, DE

My Charming Second Home - 12/13/2009

For years I had dreamed of buying a condo in Myrtle Beach, but with my main concern being safety, I kept putting my plans on hold because of the crime stats and reviews I would read. But as I continued visiting and talking to people and getting to know the city better and better, I finally decided to buy a condo located near "Broadway at the Beach". I have found the South Carolinians to be just about the nicest people on Earth, and I am blessed and grateful to have found a condo for under $50,000! Where else can you buy anything near the beach for that price? I have lived at the Jersey Shore and Florida, and I have also traveled to Hawaii and many of the islands, but this beats it all! With its mild weather year round, Myrtle Beach is both a cozy winter retreat as well as a charming summer resort. The fabulous restaurants, shops, and cultural events along with the beautiful beaches and the State Park enhance the city's charm. Don't live your life in fear or put your dreams on hold because of a few negative reviews. Some people would do nothing but complain even if they lived in Paradise. So come down and see for yourself. Make my home yours!

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G.W.
Myrtle Beach, SC

MRTLE BEACH UNEMPLOYMENT - 12/1/2009

The statistics shown by Sperling Views is totally incorrect. The unemployment rate in Myrtle Beach is NOT 27%. It is 10.6, app. the same as the rest of the country.

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lindsay
Myrtle Beach, SC

too much traffic! - 9/21/2009

there is way too much traffic here, tourists are here year round almost. it takes forever to get even just a few miles down the road.

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Bill
Myrtle Beach, SC

the WORST town we've ever lived in - Stay Away!! - 3/22/2009

We have lived in myrtle beach for 5 years now and each spring, more and more people move to this town and contribute to the decline of the culture and general class level of this quickly declining town. Fake-ness runs rampant and people will use you for anything they can if you have something they want. I have never, in my life, seen such a violating town anywhere in the country. People have no respect or dignity as you can often see people driving around (even with kids in the car) while doing drugs and acting erratically. Low cost of living? Not actually. The cost of living vs wages earned ratio has been unfavorable since 2005. food here is more expensive than in NY where wages are CONSIDERABLY higher. Car tax, school tax Crime is out of control and there are far too little police to control the situation. South Carolina needs to get the payroll for their law enforcement in line with the severity of their job.. $30,000 starting pay is laughable and i'm suprized they can convince any to do the job for that! I made $44,000 to run a retail store! One of my assistant managers (female) was punched in the face while walking on the beach by a homeless man that was looking to go to jail for the night (TRUE STORY!). A city police friend of ours had 138 DUI's in one year..THATS JUST ONE OFFICER! can you imagine..?? Families please stay away! Poeple in the area find it funny to wager on the time in which it will take for marriages and relationships to fall apart from the time you move here. <- true story! no culture, out of control crime, drugs, prostitution, and 15% unemployment (as of march 2009), over populated schools<- some of the worst in the country - lead to a very unstable environment. We urge you to reconsider this place before bringing your family. Girls in college - BUY THE BIGGEST CAN OF MACE YOU CAN FIND. Take a good look around the next time you vacation here! We are finally leaving this sh!t hole town.. about 5 years too late!

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Andrea
East Setauket, NY

try Long Island for expensive - 1/23/2009

Right on Michael, Im living on Long Island, NY and looking to get OUT. Someone posted something about 1500 for a 2bedroom? Try 1500 for 1 bdr. A master's degree and specialized training and licenses still dont get you anywhere- and you live with your PARENTS!

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