Best Small Towns In South Carolina For 2020


We used science and data to determine which small towns in South Carolina are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in South Carolina.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in South Carolina, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Palmetto State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in South Carolina based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in South Carolina ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in South Carolina for 2020.

What’s the best small town in South Carolina? Northlake is the best small town in South Carolina based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Northlake, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Palmetto State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In South Carolina For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,793
Median Income: $76,947 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $182,300 (12th Best)
More on Northlake: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 4,345
Median Income: $112,287 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $814,400 (3rd Best)
More on Isle Of Palms: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,247
Median Income: $105,000 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $286,800 (7th Best)
More on Pinopolis: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,275
Median Income: $86,184 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $175,400 (14th Best)
More on India Hook: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,148
Median Income: $135,577 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,575,900 (1st Best)
More on Sullivan’s Island: Data | Homes For Sale

Folly Beach, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,647
Median Income: $86,660 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $537,000 (5th Best)
More on Folly Beach: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,148
Median Income: $90,444 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $273,300 (8th Best)
More on Blythewood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,733
Median Income: $53,924 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,000 (27th Best)
More on Springdale: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,481
Median Income: $64,881 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $145,800 (24th Best)
More on Lyman: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,694
Median Income: $67,961 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $179,100 (13th Best)
More on Shell Point: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,171
Median Income: $62,589 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $162,500 (17th Best)
More on Pine Ridge: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,525
Median Income: $143,750 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $1,411,600 (2nd Best)
More on Kiawah Island: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,233
Median Income: $64,167 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $134,300 (32nd Best)
More on Quinby: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,312
Median Income: $53,852 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $270,000 (9th Best)
More on Surfside Beach: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,361
Median Income: $53,188 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $99,700 (66th Best)
More on Due West: Data | Homes For Sale

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In South Carolina

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 144 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 144, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in South Carolina. Top of that list — Northlake. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in South Carolina.

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in South Carolina are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in South Carolina:

  1. Blackville
  2. Calhoun Falls
  3. Catawba

For more south carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In South Carolina

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Northlake, SC 3,793 $76,947.0 $182,300.0
2 Isle Of Palms, SC 4,345 $112,287.0 $814,400.0
3 Pinopolis, SC 1,247 $105,000.0 $286,800.0
4 India Hook, SC 4,275 $86,184.0 $175,400.0
5 Sullivan’s Island, SC 2,148 $135,577.0 $1,575,900.0
6 Folly Beach, SC 2,647 $86,660.0 $537,000.0
7 Blythewood, SC 3,148 $90,444.0 $273,300.0
8 Springdale, SC 2,733 $53,924.0 $140,000.0
9 Lyman, SC 3,481 $64,881.0 $145,800.0
10 Shell Point, SC 2,694 $67,961.0 $179,100.0
11 Pine Ridge, SC 2,171 $62,589.0 $162,500.0
12 Kiawah Island, SC 1,525 $143,750.0 $1,411,600.0
13 Quinby, SC 1,233 $64,167.0 $134,300.0
14 Surfside Beach, SC 4,312 $53,852.0 $270,000.0
15 Due West, SC 1,361 $53,188.0 $99,700.0
16 Ninety Six, SC 1,839 $46,010.0 $84,900.0
17 Seabrook Island, SC 1,694 $106,058.0 $639,500.0
18 Newport, SC 4,194 $73,322.0 $198,700.0
19 Roebuck, SC 2,352 $52,868.0 $149,600.0
20 Chapin, SC 1,755 $58,958.0 $136,100.0
21 North Hartsville, SC 2,588 $51,076.0 $118,500.0
22 Warrenville, SC 1,004 $50,938.0 $64,800.0
23 Meggett, SC 1,211 $70,000.0 $342,200.0
24 Elgin, SC 1,705 $55,000.0 $138,900.0
25 Lesslie, SC 2,809 $62,333.0 $163,400.0
26 Landrum, SC 2,534 $45,417.0 $124,800.0
27 Chesterfield, SC 1,512 $51,000.0 $116,400.0
28 Golden Grove, SC 3,335 $58,047.0 $116,000.0
29 Stateburg, SC 1,611 $84,706.0 $157,700.0
30 Prosperity, SC 1,281 $37,232.0 $131,500.0
31 Oakland, SC 1,140 $42,500.0 $101,000.0
32 Mayo, SC 1,416 $54,601.0 $79,200.0
33 Inman, SC 2,694 $32,194.0 $97,500.0
34 St. Matthews, SC 2,410 $39,130.0 $115,300.0
35 Murphys Estates, SC 1,696 $51,875.0 $108,000.0
36 Pendleton, SC 3,158 $30,234.0 $128,300.0
37 Bamberg, SC 3,317 $38,093.0 $76,100.0
38 Awendaw, SC 1,308 $44,048.0 $142,900.0
39 Belvedere, SC 4,925 $41,282.0 $87,000.0
40 Latta, SC 1,377 $31,667.0 $96,700.0
41 Williamston, SC 4,130 $42,132.0 $104,500.0
42 Dalzell, SC 3,795 $54,107.0 $123,300.0
43 Duncan, SC 3,375 $39,167.0 $96,200.0
44 Liberty, SC 3,185 $40,039.0 $93,400.0
45 Winnsboro, SC 3,280 $30,730.0 $155,800.0
46 Hampton, SC 2,608 $32,917.0 $108,600.0
47 St. George, SC 2,581 $36,888.0 $130,600.0
48 Johnsonville, SC 1,596 $53,750.0 $105,000.0
49 Woodruff, SC 4,164 $36,534.0 $101,500.0
50 Loris, SC 2,625 $32,763.0 $143,400.0
51 South Congaree, SC 2,395 $44,777.0 $125,300.0
52 Dunean, SC 3,605 $29,329.0 $82,100.0
53 Honea Path, SC 3,687 $32,372.0 $88,000.0
54 Joanna, SC 1,329 $41,862.0 $51,500.0
55 Kingstree, SC 3,122 $28,277.0 $102,600.0
56 Jackson, SC 1,953 $50,000.0 $93,500.0
57 Ridgeville, SC 2,135 $39,063.0 $109,800.0
58 Wellford, SC 2,561 $46,304.0 $96,300.0
59 Pamplico, SC 1,091 $37,721.0 $120,500.0
60 Pickens, SC 3,153 $35,962.0 $119,600.0
61 Fort Lawn, SC 1,012 $39,545.0 $92,900.0
62 Eureka Mill, SC 1,527 $29,938.0 $78,000.0
63 Burne, SC 2,718 $52,269.0 $134,100.0
64 Arial, SC 2,030 $32,278.0 $109,100.0
65 Manning, SC 3,984 $31,674.0 $96,000.0
66 Lake Secession, SC 1,050 $32,969.0 $160,100.0
67 Holly Hill, SC 1,359 $27,452.0 $137,500.0
68 Kershaw, SC 2,021 $38,750.0 $87,000.0
69 Slater-Marietta, SC 2,009 $44,453.0 $91,100.0
70 Varnville, SC 1,877 $30,896.0 $77,500.0
71 Elgin, SC 3,610 $44,095.0 $119,300.0
72 East Gaffney, SC 2,944 $37,011.0 $64,900.0
73 Inman Mills, SC 1,306 $35,921.0 $77,000.0
74 Santee, SC 1,003 $31,125.0 $137,500.0
75 New Ellenton, SC 2,158 $39,563.0 $79,800.0
76 Johnston, SC 2,221 $35,000.0 $109,900.0
77 Cowpens, SC 1,782 $26,763.0 $96,200.0
78 Bishopville, SC 3,122 $22,667.0 $103,000.0
79 Bonneau Beach, SC 1,870 $49,222.0 $160,800.0
80 Saluda, SC 3,613 $26,853.0 $83,000.0
81 Cane Savannah, SC 1,035 $49,313.0 $117,100.0
82 Belton, SC 4,309 $30,991.0 $94,700.0
83 Lakewood, SC 2,644 $45,486.0 $98,600.0
84 Ravenel, SC 2,655 $54,333.0 $211,000.0
85 Barnwell, SC 4,502 $26,250.0 $104,100.0
86 Wilkinson Heights, SC 1,546 $23,826.0 $82,400.0
87 Pageland, SC 2,684 $34,258.0 $105,900.0
88 Mccormick, SC 2,654 $28,889.0 $74,900.0
89 Andrews, SC 2,981 $33,365.0 $87,300.0
90 Brookdale, SC 4,588 $27,860.0 $80,500.0
91 Whitmire, SC 1,561 $31,139.0 $34,800.0
92 South Sumter, SC 2,294 $26,954.0 $57,200.0
93 Edgefield, SC 4,735 $26,685.0 $100,200.0
94 Startex, SC 1,437 $28,365.0 $57,000.0
95 Westminster, SC 2,512 $34,000.0 $93,900.0
96 Pacolet, SC 2,456 $38,136.0 $65,700.0
97 Mcbee, SC 1,002 $31,932.0 $66,400.0
98 Ridgeland, SC 3,948 $28,797.0 $151,400.0
99 Mullins, SC 4,429 $29,003.0 $70,200.0
100 Arcadia, SC 4,073 $28,877.0 $32,600.0

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.