10 Best Places To Raise A Family In South Carolina For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in South Carolina have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in South Carolina.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in South Carolina? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to South Carolina, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about South Carolina and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in South Carolina anyways?

To give you the places in South Carolina which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Palmetto State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of South Carolina, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For South Carolina, that meant a total of 35 cities.

Read on to see why Newberry is where all the families are headed, while North Charleston is probably a place made for singles.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In South Carolina For 2019

Newberry, SC

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 10,257
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 30.8%
More on Newberry: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newberry is a city in Newberry County, South Carolina, United States, in the Piedmont 43 miles northwest of Columbia. The charter was adopted in 1894. The population was 10,277 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Newberry County; at one time it was called Newberry Courthouse.

Lexington, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 20,653
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 33.3%
More on Lexington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lexington is the largest town in and the county seat of Lexington County, South Carolina, United States. Lexington is a suburb of the state’s capital and second-largest city, Columbia. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2016 population is 24,905, and it is the second-largest municipality in the Columbia, South Carolina metropolitan area.

Conway, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 21,534
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Fayetteville
Households with kids: 22.5%
More on Conway: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Conway is a city in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 16,317 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Horry County and is part of the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area. It is the home of Coastal Carolina University.

Fort Mill, SC

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 14,451
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 42.2%
More on Fort Mill: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fort Mill, also known as Fort Mill Township, is a town in York County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is a suburb of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina and is located north of Rock Hill. As of 2015, approximately 13,662 people live inside the town’s corporate limits with a total of 36,119 people residing within the entire township. Some businesses and residents in the Indian Land community of neighboring Lancaster County often use Fort Mill as their city address as it is the nearest incorporated area, but the official town boundary is located only in York County.

Aiken, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 30,277
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 21.9%
More on Aiken: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Founded in 1835, the city of Aiken was named after William Aiken, the president of the South Carolina Railroad. The town is the county seat of Aiken County, South Carolina, United States, which was formed in 1871 from parts of Orangeburg, Lexington, Edgefield, and Barnwell counties. With Augusta, Georgia, it is one of the two largest cities of the Central Savannah River Area. It is part of the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area. Aiken is home to the University of South Carolina Aiken. The population was 30,296 at the 2013 census. Aiken was recognized with the All-America City Award in 1997 by the National Civic League.

Gaffney, SC

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 12,756
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 18.3%
More on Gaffney: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Gaffney is a town in and the seat of Cherokee County, South Carolina, United States, in the Upstate region of South Carolina. Gaffney is known as the “Peach Capital of South Carolina”. The population was 12,539 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 12,597 in 2014. It is the principal city of the Gaffney, South Carolina, Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Cherokee County and which is further included in the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area.

Rock Hill, SC

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 70,764
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 27.9%
More on Rock Hill: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina, United States and the fifth-largest city in the state. It is also the fourth-largest city of the Charlotte metropolitan area, behind Charlotte, Concord, and Gastonia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 66,154. In 2016, the population had increased to 72,937.

Review Of Rock Hill by HomeSnacks User

Rock Hill is a beautiful city south of Charlotte. The downtown area isn’t crazy alive, but it is beautiful, and there a variety of shops and restaurants to pick from. The schools are great, as is the four year institution there, Winthrop University.

Favorite place is Amelie’s, the French bakery. There’s not much bad to be quite honest. There isn’t as much to do as I would like, but there’s always something.

Beaufort, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,413
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Jacksonville
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Beaufort: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Chartered in 1711, it is the second-oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston. The city’s population was 12,361 in the 2010 census. It is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bluffton, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,164
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Jacksonville
Households with kids: 35.1%
More on Bluffton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bluffton is a Lowcountry town in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is primarily located around U.S. Route 278, between Hilton Head Island and Interstate 95. The town’s original one square mile area, now known as Old Town, is situated on a bluff along the May River. The population was counted by the 2010 census at 12,893. Bluffton is the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina with a population over 2,500, growing 882.7% between the 2000 and 2010 census. Bluffton is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina by land area. The town is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bluffton is known for its eclectic Old Town district and natural views of the May River. It has been called “the last true coastal village of the South.”

Review Of Bluffton by HomeSnacks User

Bluffton is a coastal community with a very rich history. It’s just a few minutes drive from Hilton Head Island and not much further to drive to Savannah GA. The weather is just about perfect year round. The people are friendly, kind, and genuine. There is a fantastic artists colony here in Old Town Bluffton and there are more restaurants than you could get to in a year. The life style is centered around the outdoors and there is never of lack of things to do. The growth is amazing here, more people moving in every day, and businesses being built and opened constantly. If you want to work there is always somewhere that will hire you.

Old Town Bluffton is historic, beautiful and full of small artists studios to browse in.

Charleston, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 131,204
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 100
Closest Major City: Fayetteville
Households with kids: 19.9%
More on Charleston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Charleston is the oldest and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and the principal city in the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina’s coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Charleston had an estimated population of 134,385 in 2016. The estimated population of the Charleston metropolitan area, comprising Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties, was 761,155 residents in 2016, the third-largest in the state and the 78th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

Review Of Charleston by HomeSnacks User

people are not there and very polite. Very clean city with beautiful beaches. i go there at least twice a year.

the beahes are beautiful. The air is very clean and the city is clean. the atmosphere is amazing there. a lot of happy hour and great food to eat

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In South Carolina

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in South Carolina ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles South Carolina according to the data:

  1. North Charleston
  2. North Myrtle Beach
  3. Cayce

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In South Carolina

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Newberry, SC 10,257 63
2 Lexington, SC 20,653 52
3 Conway, SC 21,534 63
4 Fort Mill, SC 14,451 57
5 Aiken, SC 30,277 75
6 Gaffney, SC 12,756 55
7 Rock Hill, SC 70,764 54
8 Beaufort, SC 13,413 70
9 Bluffton, SC 17,164 52
10 Charleston, SC 131,204 91
11 Greenville, SC 64,061 84
12 Mauldin, SC 24,813 60
13 Florence, SC 37,840 58
14 Columbia, SC 132,236 79
15 Greer, SC 28,587 60
16 Clemson, SC 15,375 38
17 Simpsonville, SC 20,741 39
18 Orangeburg, SC 13,215 51
19 Sumter, SC 40,286 67
20 Mount Pleasant, SC 80,661 32
21 Greenwood, SC 23,148 63
22 Anderson, SC 27,011 49
23 Irmo, SC 11,950 47
24 Goose Creek, SC 41,040 30
25 Summerville, SC 49,122 55
26 Hanahan, SC 21,729 38
27 North Augusta, SC 22,268 49
28 Port Royal, SC 12,218 42
29 Easley, SC 20,521 42
30 Forest Acres, SC 10,466 52
31 West Columbia, SC 17,056 39
32 Myrtle Beach, SC 30,760 59
33 Cayce, SC 13,668 57
34 North Myrtle Beach, SC 15,510 46
35 North Charleston, SC 108,186 38

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