Best Cities For Singles In South Carolina For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in South Carolina have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in South Carolina.

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Are you trying to find love in South Carolina?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in South Carolina, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Palmetto State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

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

These are the best cities for singles in South Carolina for 2020:

  1. Clemson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Greenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Columbia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Summerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. North Charleston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. West Columbia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Orangeburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Cayce (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Charleston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hilton Head Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in South Carolina? Clemson ranks as the best place for singles in South Carolina if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in south carolina? That would be Florence.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in south carolina or the safest places to live in south carolina.

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In South Carolina For 2020

Clemson, SC

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Population: 15,966
Median Age: 24.1
Married households: 7.0%
Households with kids: 18.6%
More on Clemson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Clemson is a city in Pickens and Anderson counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Clemson is home to Clemson University; in 2015, the Princeton Review cited the town of Clemson as ranking #1 in the United States for "town-and-gown" relations with its resident university. The population of the city was 13,905 at the 2010 census.

Clemson is part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area. Most of the city is in Pickens County, which is part of the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. A small portion is in Anderson County, which is part of the Anderson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Greenville, SC

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Population: 65,727
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 22.6%
More on Greenville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenville is the largest city in and the seat of Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The city's mayor is Knox White, who has been in that position since December 1995. With an estimated population of 67,453 as of 2016, it is the sixth-largest city in the state. The population of the surrounding area was 400,492 as of 2010, making it the third-largest urban area in South Carolina as well as the fastest growing. Greenville is the largest city in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The MSA had a population of 884,975 in 2016, making it the largest in South Carolina and the third largest in The Carolinas.

Columbia, SC

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Population: 133,352
Median Age: 28.3
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 24.4%
More on Columbia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Columbia is the capital and second largest city of the U.S. state of South Carolina, with a population estimate of 134,309 as of 2016. The city serves as the county seat of Richland County, and a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. It is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area, which had a population of 767,598 as of the 2010 United States Census, growing to 817,488 by July 1, 2016, according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates. The name Columbia is a poetic term used for the United States, originating from the name of Christopher Columbus.

Review Of Columbia by HomeSnacks User

Columbia is an affordable city to live, but as it is the capital of the state, it does lack in tourist aspects. Columbia has a growing art and and music life, but it is a bit disconnected between different areas of the downtown region. Crime happens in all areas of the city.

Riverbanks Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country, so it is our tourism claim to fame. I am also quite proud of our library system.

Summerville, SC

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Population: 50,894
Median Age: 35.5
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 34.4%
More on Summerville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Summerville is a town in the U.S. state of South Carolina situated mostly in Dorchester County with small portions in Berkeley and Charleston counties. It is part of the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of Summerville at the 2010 census was 43,392, and the estimated population was 44,719 as of July 1, 2013.

North Charleston, SC

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Population: 109,886
Median Age: 32.5
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 30.6%
More on North Charleston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

North Charleston is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, with incorporated areas in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. On June 12, 1972, the city of North Charleston was incorporated and was rated as the ninth-largest city in South Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, North Charleston had a population of 97,471, growing to an estimated population of 108,304 in 2015, and with a current area of more than 76.6 square miles. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, for use by the U.S. Census Bureau and other U.S. Government agencies for statistical purposes only, North Charleston is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston urban area. North Charleston is one of the state's major industrial centers and is the state's top city in gross retail sales.

West Columbia, SC

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Population: 17,296
Median Age: 39.9
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 19.1%
More on West Columbia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

West Columbia is a city and commuter town in the suburban eastern sections of Lexington County, South Carolina, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population was 14,988. It is a part of the greater Columbia, SC metropolitan statistical area.

Orangeburg, SC

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Population: 13,120
Median Age: 29.9
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 26.0%
More on Orangeburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Orangeburg, also known as The Garden City, is the principal city in and the county seat of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, United States. The population of the city was 13,964 according to the 2010 United States census. The city is located 37 miles southeast of Columbia, on the north fork of the Edisto River in the Piedmont area.

Cayce, SC

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Population: 13,621
Median Age: 31.7
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 23.1%
More on Cayce: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cayce is a city in Lexington and Richland counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina, along the Congaree River. The population was 12,528 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Charleston, SC

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Population: 133,762
Median Age: 34.7
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 21.5%
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

I noticed very little crime while I was there, and the education is superb!! From colleges to elementary schools, the education in first rate with lots of real world experience. I Love this place!

What stands out to me is the classic Southern Charm of the place. Everything is peaceful and quiet. And the beauty stands out. The entire city is just beautiful!! The coast is also super nice along with the history of the area.

Hilton Head Island, SC

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Population: 39,820
Median Age: 57.3
Married households: 4.0%
Households with kids: 16.6%
More on Hilton Head Island: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Lowcountry resort town and barrier island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is 20 miles northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles southwest of Charleston. The island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663 identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named "Hilton's Head" after himself. The island features 12 miles of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination. In 2004, an estimated 2.25 million visitors pumped more than $1.5 billion into the local economy. The year-round population was 37,099 at the 2010 census, although during the peak of summer vacation season the population can swell to 150,000. Over the past decade, the island's population growth rate was 32%. Hilton Head Island is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 207,413 in 2015.

Review Of Hilton Head Island by HomeSnacks User

The place is gorgeous and use to be wonderful. I moved away because the corruption and drugs are unbelievable. The hospital is horrible and tourist are lulled into believing they are safe. SC poverty is horrible and shootings in HHI and Bluffton are common. Theft is extremely high because of drugs.Stay out of Horry, Beaufort and Jasper counties if you visit South Carolina.

Charleston is fun but watch yourself at night. Do not go in the summer, the heat is horrible. The beach on Hilton Head is nice but stay off it at night; a 16 yr old girl was murdered,rapes are common and a 15 yr old shot an 18 yr old at Coligny beach, a woman was just found shot in the Target parking lot.Greenville is a pretty town and has many artists and the crime is lower. Myrtle Beach is fun but very dangerous from drug crime.

How do you determine which city is best for singles in south carolina anyways?

To give you the places in south carolina which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of south carolina, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For south carolina, that meant a total of 39 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Clemson is the talk of the town while Florence is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in south carolina for 2020

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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in south carolina according to the data:

  1. Florence
  2. Fort Mill
  3. Easley

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In South Carolina

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Clemson, SC 15,966 24.1
2 Greenville, SC 65,727 33.9
3 Columbia, SC 133,352 28.3
4 Summerville, SC 50,894 35.5
5 North Charleston, SC 109,886 32.5
6 West Columbia, SC 17,296 39.9
7 Orangeburg, SC 13,120 29.9
8 Cayce, SC 13,621 31.7
9 Charleston, SC 133,762 34.7
10 Hilton Head Island, SC 39,820 57.3
11 North Myrtle Beach, SC 15,862 58.3
12 Rock Hill, SC 71,903 33.6
13 Goose Creek, SC 41,339 32.0
14 Gaffney, SC 12,526 35.8
15 Myrtle Beach, SC 31,783 44.0
16 Hanahan, SC 22,963 34.0
17 Port Royal, SC 12,446 24.9
18 Bluffton, SC 18,835 37.0
19 Spartanburg, SC 37,370 35.0
20 Greer, SC 29,717 33.9
21 Forest Acres, SC 10,433 40.4
22 Mauldin, SC 25,009 38.3
23 Mount Pleasant, SC 83,700 41.2
24 Conway, SC 22,661 35.6
25 Aiken, SC 30,464 48.7
26 Irmo, SC 12,087 38.2
27 James Island, SC 12,010 43.4
28 Greenwood, SC 23,230 34.5
29 Beaufort, SC 13,336 34.9
30 North Augusta, SC 22,603 40.1
31 Lexington, SC 21,040 36.5
32 Simpsonville, SC 21,423 38.0
33 Sumter, SC 39,964 32.4
34 Newberry, SC 10,289 37.2
35 Moncks Corner, SC 10,169 35.2
36 Anderson, SC 27,129 37.3
37 Easley, SC 20,784 42.6
38 Fort Mill, SC 15,924 35.0
39 Florence, SC 37,802 38.8

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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One thought on “Best Cities For Singles In South Carolina For 2020

  1. Where in South Carolina would you believe a single over 65 would thrive and be safe

    I thought Rock Hill or Travelers Rest.

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