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Enclaves of the Rich and Ready for Retirement

By Margaret Collins - 2012-07-31T18:40:19Z

Photograph by Bob Krist/Corbis

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Population: 1,638
Median home value: $1,000,000+
Mean retirement income: $107,896

Kiawah is a fairly young town, incorporated in 1988. The gated community has more than 10 miles of beach that includes a nesting habitat for sea turtles, according to the town's website. The island, home to bobcats, river otters and osprey, has its own wildlife website. Golf is big -- there are four courses. Among the top 10 towns, Kiawah has the third-highest percentage of residents 65 or older, at 39.2 percent.