These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In South Carolina For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in South Carolina have the most for people looking to make the move to South Carolina.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is South Carolina a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in South Carolina.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Palmetto State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of South Carolina, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 45 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Palmetto State for 2018:

  1. Charleston County (Photos)
  2. Dorchester County (Photos)
  3. York County (Photos)
  4. Beaufort County (Photos)
  5. Edgefield County (Photos)
  6. Greenville County (Photos)
  7. Richland County (Photos)
  8. Lancaster County (Photos)
  9. Lexington County (Photos)
  10. Calhoun County

Charleston County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in South Carolina. And you might want to avoid Dillon County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move South Carolina, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in South Carolina and the best places to raise a family in South Carolina.

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How do you determine which South Carolina county is the best?

To give you the best county in South Carolina, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in South Carolina across each of the criteria from one to 45, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In South Carolina’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Palmetto State.

Read on to see why Charleston County is the best county, while Dillon County is probably in contention for being the worst county in South Carolina.

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1. Charleston County

Charleston, SC

Biggest Place: Charleston
Population: 380,673
Median Income: $54,931 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $252,700 (24th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (3rd best)
More on Charleston County: PhotosData

2. Dorchester County

North Charleston, SC

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: North Charleston
Population: 148,517
Median Income: $56,345 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $169,700 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (3rd best)
More on Dorchester County: PhotosData

3. York County

Clover, SC

Biggest Place: Rock Hill
Population: 245,606
Median Income: $56,482 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $166,700 (26th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (9th best)
More on York County: PhotosData

4. Beaufort County

Beaufort, SC

Biggest Place: Hilton Head Island
Population: 175,316
Median Income: $59,227 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $273,000 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (2nd best)
More on Beaufort County: PhotosData

5. Edgefield County

Johnston, SC

Biggest Place: North Augusta
Population: 26,388
Median Income: $48,114 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $119,300 (42nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (6th best)
More on Edgefield County: PhotosData

6. Greenville County

Fountain Inn, SC

Biggest Place: Greenville
Population: 482,191
Median Income: $51,595 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $160,900 (29th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (1st best)
More on Greenville County: PhotosData

7. Richland County

Cayce, SC

Biggest Place: Columbia
Population: 401,743
Median Income: $50,899 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $151,500 (32nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (15th best)
More on Richland County: PhotosData

8. Lancaster County

Lancaster, SC

Biggest Place: Lancaster
Population: 83,704
Median Income: $46,852 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $157,700 (31st best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (27th best)
More on Lancaster County: PhotosData

9. Lexington County

Batesburg-Leesville, SC

Biggest Place: Columbia
Population: 277,702
Median Income: $55,412 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $143,900 (34th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (5th best)
More on Lexington County: PhotosData

10. Calhoun County

Cameron, SC

Biggest Place: St. Matthews
Population: 14,886
Median Income: $42,779 (18th best)
Median Home Price: $98,500 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (15th best)
More on Calhoun County: Data

There You Have It – The Best Counties In South Carolina To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in South Carolina can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in South Carolina according to the data:

  1. Dillon County
  2. Allendale County
  3. Clarendon County

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In South Carolina

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Charleston County 1 380,673 $54,931 $252,700
Dorchester County 2 148,517 $56,345 $169,700
York County 3 245,606 $56,482 $166,700
Beaufort County 4 175,316 $59,227 $273,000
Edgefield County 5 26,388 $48,114 $119,300
Greenville County 6 482,191 $51,595 $160,900
Richland County 7 401,743 $50,899 $151,500
Lancaster County 8 83,704 $46,852 $157,700
Lexington County 9 277,702 $55,412 $143,900
Calhoun County 10 14,886 $42,779 $98,500
Spartanburg County 11 294,229 $45,219 $124,900
Berkeley County 12 199,081 $54,484 $160,900
Anderson County 13 192,709 $43,518 $130,300
Saluda County 14 20,113 $41,458 $93,300
Pickens County 15 120,722 $43,531 $124,900
Aiken County 16 165,146 $46,454 $134,000
Mccormick County 17 9,806 $41,029 $120,800
Newberry County 18 37,750 $39,841 $100,600
Kershaw County 19 63,090 $46,328 $120,600
Georgetown County 20 60,804 $45,299 $165,400
Cherokee County 21 56,274 $35,719 $90,400
Abbeville County 22 24,951 $34,652 $88,100
Laurens County 23 66,442 $39,848 $86,500
Union County 24 27,928 $34,953 $74,500
Hampton County 25 20,296 $31,734 $75,500
Chester County 26 32,435 $34,319 $89,300
Florence County 27 138,575 $42,523 $126,100
Sumter County 28 107,682 $40,777 $108,900
Oconee County 29 75,375 $41,818 $151,100
Horry County 30 300,418 $44,746 $162,100
Orangeburg County 31 89,731 $34,763 $91,200
Greenwood County 32 69,881 $37,631 $109,700
Fairfield County 33 23,025 $33,798 $96,300
Bamberg County 34 15,057 $32,321 $65,200
Chesterfield County 35 46,083 $35,733 $79,100
Barnwell County 36 21,917 $34,787 $76,600
Colleton County 37 37,884 $33,918 $85,800
Marlboro County 38 27,702 $32,601 $63,300
Lee County 39 18,189 $31,169 $68,100
Marion County 40 31,975 $30,562 $73,400
Williamsburg County 41 32,816 $28,494 $68,100
Darlington County 42 67,689 $34,773 $84,700
Clarendon County 43 34,056 $34,106 $87,200
Allendale County 44 9,589 $24,817 $53,700
Dillon County 45 31,273 $30,955 $65,800

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