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:
- Charleston County (Photos)
- Dorchester County (Photos)
- York County (Photos)
- Beaufort County (Photos)
- Edgefield County (Photos)
- Greenville County (Photos)
- Richland County (Photos)
- Lancaster County (Photos)
- Lexington County (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
Biggest Place: North Charleston
Median Income: $56,345 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $169,700 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (3rd best)
More on Dorchester County: Photos | Data
3. York County
Biggest Place: Hilton Head Island
Median Income: $59,227 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $273,000 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (2nd best)
More on Beaufort County: Photos | Data
10. Calhoun County
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:
- Dillon County
- Allendale County
- Clarendon County
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Detailed List Of The Best Counties In South Carolina