These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In South Carolina For 2019


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 2019:

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

If you live in one of these small towns like Pinopolis, 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:

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 – 137 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 137, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in South Carolina. Top of that list — Pinopolis.

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

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,339
Median Income: $99,779 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $290,800 (7th Best)
More on Pinopolis: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,117
Median Income: $73,421 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $166,000 (14th Best)
More on India Hook: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,251
Median Income: $68,081 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $173,000 (13th Best)
More on Northlake: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,050
Median Income: $120,850 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,248,900 (2nd Best)
More on Sullivan’s Island: Data | Homes For Sale

Folly Beach, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,712
Median Income: $85,476 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $577,500 (5th Best)
More on Folly Beach: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,864
Median Income: $87,827 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $280,400 (8th Best)
More on Blythewood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,333
Median Income: $102,656 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $805,900 (3rd Best)
More on Isle Of Palms: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,716
Median Income: $52,691 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $139,300 (27th Best)
More on Springdale: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,965
Median Income: $51,250 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $154,900 (17th Best)
More on Travelers Rest: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,145
Median Income: $73,421 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $153,500 (18th Best)
More on Pine Ridge: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,239
Median Income: $70,227 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $131,700 (29th Best)
More on Quinby: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,588
Median Income: $53,611 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $130,800 (31st Best)
More on Chapin: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,412
Median Income: $53,077 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $110,300 (47th Best)
More on Due West: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,411
Median Income: $56,927 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $122,300 (37th Best)
More on Lyman: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,954
Median Income: $42,202 (40th Best)
Median Home Value: $82,100 (84th Best)
More on Ninety Six: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,453
Median Income: $63,811 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $141,600 (22nd Best)
More on Shell Point: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,232
Median Income: $50,490 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $248,500 (9th Best)
More on Surfside Beach: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,488
Median Income: $143,988 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $1,382,200 (1st Best)
More on Kiawah Island: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,780
Median Income: $63,854 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $187,400 (11th Best)
More on Newport: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,386
Median Income: $49,865 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $139,000 (28th Best)
More on Roebuck: 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. Calhoun Falls
  2. Blackville
  3. Allendale

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 Pinopolis 1,339 $99,779.0 $290,800.0
2 India Hook 4,117 $73,421.0 $166,000.0
3 Northlake 4,251 $68,081.0 $173,000.0
4 Sullivan’s Island 2,050 $120,850.0 $1,248,900.0
5 Folly Beach 2,712 $85,476.0 $577,500.0
6 Blythewood 2,864 $87,827.0 $280,400.0
7 Isle Of Palms 4,333 $102,656.0 $805,900.0
8 Springdale 2,716 $52,691.0 $139,300.0
9 Travelers Rest 4,965 $51,250.0 $154,900.0
10 Pine Ridge 2,145 $73,421.0 $153,500.0
11 Quinby 1,239 $70,227.0 $131,700.0
12 Chapin 1,588 $53,611.0 $130,800.0
13 Due West 1,412 $53,077.0 $110,300.0
14 Lyman 3,411 $56,927.0 $122,300.0
15 Ninety Six 1,954 $42,202.0 $82,100.0
16 Shell Point 2,453 $63,811.0 $141,600.0
17 Surfside Beach 4,232 $50,490.0 $248,500.0
18 Kiawah Island 1,488 $143,988.0 $1,382,200.0
19 Newport 3,780 $63,854.0 $187,400.0
20 Roebuck 2,386 $49,865.0 $139,000.0
21 Seabrook Island 1,689 $102,250.0 $629,200.0
22 Elgin 1,550 $52,000.0 $140,400.0
23 Stateburg 1,778 $86,726.0 $181,100.0
24 North Hartsville 2,993 $50,083.0 $103,700.0
25 St. Matthews 2,269 $42,284.0 $125,100.0
26 Inman 2,435 $31,464.0 $102,300.0
27 Williamston 4,088 $40,825.0 $105,900.0
28 Chesterfield 1,424 $47,708.0 $113,600.0
29 Bamberg 3,373 $37,931.0 $79,100.0
30 Golden Grove 3,314 $60,368.0 $102,500.0
31 Landrum 2,475 $40,461.0 $119,400.0
32 Meggett 1,241 $57,813.0 $356,300.0
33 Warrenville 1,093 $38,333.0 $60,600.0
34 Mayo 1,050 $65,450.0 $77,300.0
35 Liberty 3,200 $35,986.0 $87,400.0
36 Pendleton 3,135 $31,705.0 $116,100.0
37 Prosperity 1,294 $34,625.0 $139,600.0
38 Loris 2,578 $35,208.0 $140,300.0
39 Duncan 3,327 $39,250.0 $97,900.0
40 Latta 1,278 $29,605.0 $91,000.0
41 Awendaw 1,298 $43,507.0 $161,800.0
42 Kingstree 3,150 $20,000.0 $109,000.0
43 Dunean 3,714 $28,866.0 $82,800.0
44 Lesslie 2,706 $63,382.0 $163,700.0
45 Inman Mills 1,341 $33,750.0 $78,300.0
46 Pickens 3,151 $34,351.0 $114,700.0
47 South Congaree 2,408 $43,400.0 $126,200.0
48 Hampton 2,633 $31,316.0 $99,100.0
49 Dalzell 3,415 $36,788.0 $128,200.0
50 Joanna 1,367 $42,143.0 $51,900.0
51 Winnsboro 3,303 $31,867.0 $145,800.0
52 Lake Secession 1,108 $35,159.0 $207,700.0
53 Honea Path 3,645 $27,214.0 $85,300.0
54 Ridgeville 2,154 $42,750.0 $96,400.0
55 Woodruff 4,140 $34,291.0 $94,600.0
56 Burne 2,771 $42,857.0 $122,300.0
57 Johnsonville 1,823 $48,667.0 $100,600.0
58 Kershaw 2,375 $36,815.0 $86,600.0
59 Johnston 2,476 $35,432.0 $100,300.0
60 Jackson 1,810 $50,385.0 $92,800.0
61 Holly Hill 1,602 $26,010.0 $112,900.0
62 St. George 2,335 $36,799.0 $129,000.0
63 Startex 1,276 $29,286.0 $57,900.0
64 Manning 4,015 $27,612.0 $95,200.0
65 Pamplico 1,068 $38,438.0 $108,800.0
66 Lincolnville 1,271 $37,143.0 $117,400.0
67 Utica 1,602 $43,125.0 $59,400.0
68 Cowpens 1,855 $28,700.0 $95,400.0
69 Brookdale 4,708 $21,168.0 $83,500.0
70 Elgin 3,321 $39,250.0 $113,700.0
71 Privateer 2,099 $26,973.0 $139,900.0
72 Wellford 2,519 $40,833.0 $80,400.0
73 Santee 1,001 $26,950.0 $122,500.0
74 Arial 2,248 $32,444.0 $106,700.0
75 Murphys Estates 1,423 $41,979.0 $85,000.0
76 Pageland 2,695 $34,913.0 $95,400.0
77 Varnville 1,894 $31,382.0 $83,200.0
78 Belton 4,268 $28,775.0 $96,500.0
79 Mccormick 2,622 $31,655.0 $80,600.0
80 Barnwell 4,552 $27,054.0 $98,600.0
81 Whitmire 1,623 $31,437.0 $41,200.0
82 Irwin 1,522 $38,182.0 $79,400.0
83 Walhalla 4,259 $28,750.0 $96,800.0
84 Edgefield 4,738 $23,487.0 $104,000.0
85 Eureka Mill 1,464 $29,853.0 $64,200.0
86 Bonneau Beach 2,476 $45,532.0 $143,800.0
87 Wilkinson Heights 1,765 $23,688.0 $80,300.0
88 South Sumter 2,217 $30,125.0 $49,300.0
89 Pelzer 1,304 $33,267.0 $61,200.0
90 Westminster 2,477 $32,328.0 $99,400.0
91 East Gaffney 2,980 $35,000.0 $59,900.0
92 Turbeville 1,021 $28,370.0 $108,900.0
93 Winnsboro Mills 1,613 $29,500.0 $51,900.0
94 Saluda 3,605 $26,802.0 $84,800.0
95 Pacolet 2,578 $34,938.0 $65,900.0
96 Ravenel 2,620 $48,824.0 $150,900.0
97 Mccoll 2,157 $25,968.0 $51,500.0
98 Ridgeland 4,073 $31,909.0 $131,700.0
99 Gaston 1,490 $40,664.0 $80,800.0
100 Mullins 4,469 $24,310.0 $68,700.0

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