These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In South Carolina For 2018


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.

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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. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. West Columbia (Photos)
  2. Clemson (Photos)
  3. Greenville (Photos)
  4. Orangeburg (Photos)
  5. Cayce (Photos)
  6. Columbia (Photos)
  7. North Charleston (Photos)
  8. Conway (Photos)
  9. Rock Hill (Photos)
  10. Hanahan (Photos)

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 Fort Mill.

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.

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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 2011-2015 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 38 cities.

Read on to see why West Columbia is the talk of the town while Fort Mill is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. West Columbia

West Columbia, Sc

Population: 15,947
Median Age: 38.4
Married households: 28.5%
Households with kids: 19.0%
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.

2. Clemson

Clemson, Sc

Population: 15,008
Median Age: 23.1
Married households: 31.5%
Households with kids: 17.7%

3. Greenville

Greenville, Sc

Population: 62,776
Median Age: 34.0
Married households: 34.1%
Households with kids: 23.9%
Greenville (/rinvl/; locally /rinvl/) 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.

4. Orangeburg

Orangeburg, Sc

Population: 13,478
Median Age: 28.3
Married households: 25.8%
Households with kids: 27.8%
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.

5. Cayce

Cayce, Sc

Population: 13,684
Median Age: 32.1
Married households: 32.0%
Households with kids: 24.6%
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.

6. Columbia

Columbia, Sc

Population: 132,537
Median Age: 28.2
Married households: 29.7%
Households with kids: 25.0%
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.

7. North Charleston

North Charleston, Sc

Source: Public domain

Population: 106,113
Median Age: 32.2
Married households: 34.8%
Households with kids: 31.6%
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 (198.5 km2). 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.

8. Conway

Conway, Sc

Population: 20,631
Median Age: 31.2
Married households: 36.4%
Households with kids: 27.4%
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.

9. Rock Hill

Rock Hill, Sc

Population: 70,251
Median Age: 33.4
Married households: 37.4%
Households with kids: 32.0%
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 (all located in North Carolina, unlike Rock Hill). As of the 2010 Census, the population was 66,154. In 2016, the population had increased to 72,937.

10. Hanahan

Hanahan, Sc

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,710
Median Age: 34.6
Married households: 44.1%
Households with kids: 34.2%

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles 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 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. Fort Mill
  2. Bluffton
  3. North Augusta

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In South Carolina

City Rank Population Median Age
West Columbia 1 15,947 38.4
Clemson 2 15,008 23.1
Greenville 3 62,776 34.0
Orangeburg 4 13,478 28.3
Cayce 5 13,684 32.1
Columbia 6 132,537 28.2
North Charleston 7 106,113 32.2
Conway 8 20,631 31.2
Rock Hill 9 70,251 33.4
Hanahan 10 20,710 34.6
Charleston 11 129,888 34.0
Gaffney 12 12,859 38.5
Myrtle Beach 13 30,106 41.1
Forest Acres 14 10,571 43.8
Spartanburg 15 37,570 35.4
Lexington 16 20,315 36.7
Greenwood 17 23,260 33.5
Anderson 18 27,206 37.3
James Island 19 11,844 44.8
Newberry 20 10,338 33.6
Beaufort 21 13,074 33.3
Summerville 22 47,919 35.6
Goose Creek 23 40,553 31.3
Mauldin 24 24,723 37.6
Greer 25 27,739 33.8
Simpsonville 26 20,183 38.8
Easley 27 20,464 41.0
Irmo 28 11,851 37.5
Sumter 29 40,760 34.7
Hilton Head Island 30 39,651 54.3
Florence 31 38,221 39.1
Aiken 32 30,403 46.2
Mount Pleasant 33 77,907 39.3
North Myrtle Beach 34 15,201 57.3
Port Royal 35 11,891 25.0
North Augusta 36 22,310 40.1
Bluffton 37 15,765 35.1
Fort Mill 38 13,181 37.8

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