These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In South Carolina For 2018


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

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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 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in South Carolina for 2018:

  1. Northlake (Homes For Sale)
  2. Pinopolis (Homes For Sale)
  3. India Hook (Homes For Sale)
  4. Sullivan’s Island (Homes For Sale)
  5. Blythewood (Homes For Sale)
  6. Isle of Palms (Homes For Sale)
  7. Springdale (Homes For Sale)
  8. Folly Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Due West (Homes For Sale)
  10. Pine Ridge (Homes For Sale)

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:

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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 2012-2016 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 – 141 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 141, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in South Carolina. Top of that list — Northlake.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in South Carolina.

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1. Northlake


Population: 4,086
Median Income: $68,333 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $172,800 (13th Best)
More on Northlake: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Pinopolis


Population: 1,303
Median Income: $101,328 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $309,600 (7th Best)
More on Pinopolis: Data| Homes For Sale

3. India Hook


Population: 4,192
Median Income: $68,077 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $155,600 (19th Best)
More on India Hook: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Sullivan’s Island


Population: 2,049
Median Income: $118,214 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,218,400 (2nd Best)
More on Sullivan’s Island: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Blythewood


Population: 2,612
Median Income: $85,658 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $265,100 (9th Best)
More on Blythewood: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Isle Of Palms


Population: 4,320
Median Income: $92,222 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $777,200 (3rd Best)
More on Isle Of Palms: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Springdale


Population: 2,740
Median Income: $51,622 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $137,100 (28th Best)
More on Springdale: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Folly Beach

Folly Beach, SC

Population: 2,732
Median Income: $92,529 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $530,400 (5th Best)
More on Folly Beach: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

9. Due West


Population: 1,360
Median Income: $51,250 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $103,800 (54th Best)
More on Due West: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Pine Ridge


Population: 2,138
Median Income: $75,268 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $150,700 (21st Best)
More on Pine Ridge: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Shell Point


Population: 2,343
Median Income: $65,705 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $155,000 (20th Best)
More on Shell Point: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Quinby


Population: 1,192
Median Income: $58,750 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $127,200 (33rd Best)
More on Quinby: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Travelers Rest


Population: 4,903
Median Income: $52,684 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $155,800 (18th Best)
More on Travelers Rest: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Roebuck


Population: 2,546
Median Income: $52,482 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $129,900 (31st Best)
More on Roebuck: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Chapin


Population: 1,566
Median Income: $53,063 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $132,400 (29th Best)
More on Chapin: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Surfside Beach


Population: 4,195
Median Income: $47,933 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $253,000 (10th Best)
More on Surfside Beach: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Newport


Population: 3,493
Median Income: $59,362 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $171,500 (14th Best)
More on Newport: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Lyman


Population: 3,378
Median Income: $53,430 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $114,200 (43rd Best)
More on Lyman: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Kiawah Island


Population: 1,543
Median Income: $137,250 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $1,283,200 (1st Best)
More on Kiawah Island: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Seabrook Island


Population: 1,726
Median Income: $95,114 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $611,500 (4th Best)
More on Seabrook Island: Data| Homes For Sale

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 20 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. City View

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In South Carolina

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Northlake 4,086 $68,333 $172,800
2 Pinopolis 1,303 $101,328 $309,600
3 India Hook 4,192 $68,077 $155,600
4 Sullivan’s Island 2,049 $118,214 $1,218,400
5 Blythewood 2,612 $85,658 $265,100
6 Isle Of Palms 4,320 $92,222 $777,200
7 Springdale 2,740 $51,622 $137,100
8 Folly Beach 2,732 $92,529 $530,400
9 Due West 1,360 $51,250 $103,800
10 Pine Ridge 2,138 $75,268 $150,700
11 Shell Point 2,343 $65,705 $155,000
12 Quinby 1,192 $58,750 $127,200
13 Travelers Rest 4,903 $52,684 $155,800
14 Roebuck 2,546 $52,482 $129,900
15 Chapin 1,566 $53,063 $132,400
16 Surfside Beach 4,195 $47,933 $253,000
17 Newport 3,493 $59,362 $171,500
18 Lyman 3,378 $53,430 $114,200
19 Kiawah Island 1,543 $137,250 $1,283,200
20 Seabrook Island 1,726 $95,114 $611,500
21 Ninety Six 2,000 $38,702 $79,400
22 Elgin 1,525 $56,875 $143,100
23 Hollywood 4,971 $52,440 $197,800
24 Inman 2,189 $30,758 $99,800
25 Bamberg 3,456 $40,404 $80,500
26 North Hartsville 3,152 $44,583 $112,100
27 Stateburg 1,764 $79,444 $159,100
28 Hampton 2,693 $35,278 $93,800
29 Chesterfield 1,426 $41,477 $114,700
30 Meggett 1,512 $58,750 $364,500
31 Loris 2,547 $37,222 $150,700
32 St. Matthews 2,034 $36,750 $120,700
33 Golden Grove 3,118 $62,528 $99,900
34 Mayo 1,393 $62,917 $70,400
35 Landrum 2,461 $36,204 $111,700
36 Hardeeville 4,789 $44,682 $290,500
37 Williamston 4,093 $40,285 $97,400
38 Liberty 3,254 $35,216 $94,400
39 Johnsonville 1,800 $48,226 $113,800
40 South Congaree 2,272 $44,205 $121,600
41 Prosperity 1,151 $34,063 $132,100
42 Dalzell 3,443 $42,536 $115,600
43 Startex 1,362 $35,197 $60,900
44 Duncan 3,283 $32,439 $96,500
45 Edgefield 4,730 $28,850 $92,300
46 St. George 2,159 $35,938 $129,700
47 Dunean 3,748 $30,243 $86,400
48 Lincolnville 1,053 $32,708 $98,400
49 Lakewood 2,821 $41,637 $102,300
50 Ridgeville 1,944 $47,500 $91,900
51 Lesslie 2,234 $62,176 $164,700
52 Pendleton 3,107 $23,910 $119,800
53 Kingstree 3,232 $19,073 $115,600
54 Holly Hill 1,725 $21,164 $107,400
55 Burne 2,767 $41,635 $116,100
56 Manning 4,060 $26,211 $96,800
57 Winnsboro 3,376 $29,553 $150,200
58 Awendaw 1,331 $40,714 $177,700
59 Ridgeland 4,116 $37,841 $138,300
60 Warrenville 1,173 $29,950 $64,400
61 Belton 4,296 $29,329 $90,200
62 Jackson 1,559 $48,618 $90,200
63 Pelzer 1,225 $34,178 $59,700
64 Lake Secession 1,225 $35,089 $167,500
65 Johnston 2,287 $31,046 $89,900
66 Joanna 1,213 $39,271 $53,400
67 Mullins 4,553 $29,078 $67,900
68 Woodruff 4,127 $36,221 $81,700
69 Pickens 3,166 $35,516 $113,200
70 Utica 1,604 $43,864 $63,800
71 Barnwell 4,623 $25,625 $107,200
72 Eureka Mill 1,415 $30,980 $60,100
73 Bonneau Beach 2,310 $42,059 $148,000
74 Latta 1,369 $24,038 $81,000
75 Arial 2,384 $35,217 $106,800
76 Kershaw 2,357 $36,161 $89,100
77 Irwin 1,639 $37,025 $77,500
78 Walhalla 4,263 $30,973 $103,400
79 Inman Mills 1,592 $33,424 $90,500
80 Varnville 2,258 $30,417 $88,800
81 Privateer 2,571 $28,143 $126,300
82 Honea Path 3,683 $24,460 $81,200
83 Cowpens 1,772 $24,542 $89,700
84 Springdale 2,355 $37,273 $60,300
85 Pacolet 2,369 $35,670 $69,800
86 Santee 1,184 $30,288 $113,200
87 Branchville 1,209 $41,688 $79,500
88 Murphys Estates 1,376 $40,880 $83,800
89 Wilkinson Heights 2,411 $24,487 $72,600
90 Brookdale 4,174 $19,652 $78,900
91 New Ellenton 2,350 $33,319 $81,600
92 Pamplico 1,186 $40,000 $81,300
93 Whitmire 1,444 $30,408 $43,800
94 Westminster 2,482 $31,510 $107,500
95 Summerton 1,013 $23,295 $102,100
96 Mccormick 2,645 $26,563 $87,600
97 Clearwater 4,679 $28,994 $102,100
98 Saluda 3,618 $24,694 $80,400
99 Edisto 2,366 $25,294 $69,200
100 South Sumter 2,313 $31,331 $53,200

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