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:
- Northlake (Homes For Sale)
- Pinopolis (Homes For Sale)
- India Hook (Homes For Sale)
- Sullivan’s Island (Homes For Sale)
- Blythewood (Homes For Sale)
- Isle of Palms (Homes For Sale)
- Springdale (Homes For Sale)
- Folly Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Due West (Homes For Sale)
- 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:
- 10 Best Places To Live In South Carolina
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In South Carolina
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina
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.
3. India Hook
4. Sullivan’s Island
6. Isle Of Palms
8. Folly Beach
9. Due West
10. Pine Ridge
11. Shell Point
13. Travelers Rest
16. Surfside Beach
19. Kiawah Island
20. Seabrook Island
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:
- Calhoun Falls
- City View
For more South Carolina reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In South Carolina
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In South Carolina
- 10 Safest Places In South Carolina
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In South Carolina
- 10 Worst Places To Live In South Carolina
Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In South Carolina
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