These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In South Carolina


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in South Carolina (in which to live):

  1. Arcadia Lakes
  2. Briarcliffe Acres
  3. Ridgeway
  4. Six Mile
  5. Rockville
  6. Mcclellanville
  7. Parksville
  8. Smoaks
  9. Little Mountain
  10. Reidville

If you live in one of these small towns like Arcadia Lakes, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in South Carolina.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In South Carolina

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 107 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 107, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in South Carolina. Top of that list — Arcadia Lakes.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in South Carolina.

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1. Arcadia Lakes


Population 2014: 909
Median Income: $91,607
Median Home Price: $299,600
Crime Per 100k: 2,127

2. Briarcliffe Acres


Population 2014: 496
Median Income: $88,889
Median Home Price: $535,400
Crime Per 100k: 2,127

3. Ridgeway

Ridgeway, South Carolina

Source: Http://Ridgewaysc.Org

Population: 403
Median Income: $41,250
Median Home Price: $209,000
Crime Per 100k: 3,735

4. Six Mile


Population 2014: 895
Median Income: $57,083
Median Home Price: $156,700
Crime Per 100k: 4,323

5. Rockville


Population 2014: 172
Median Income: $51,875
Median Home Price: $361,100
Crime Per 100k: 2,127

6. Mcclellanville


Population 2014: 365
Median Income: $65,833
Median Home Price: $333,700
Crime Per 100k: 2,127

7. Parksville


Population 2014: 133
Median Income: $46,250
Median Home Price: $125,000
Crime Per 100k: 4,157

8. Smoaks


Population 2014: 190
Median Income: $56,944
Median Home Price: $113,500
Crime Per 100k: 5,033

9. Little Mountain


Population 2014: 259
Median Income: $50,000
Median Home Price: $187,500
Crime Per 100k: 3,657

10. Reidville


Population 2014: 723
Median Income: $58,036
Median Home Price: $131,900
Crime Per 100k: 5,490

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 10 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. Windsor
  2. Elko
  3. Lowndesville

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In South Carolina

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Arcadia Lakes 1 909 $91,607 $299,600 2,127
Briarcliffe Acres 2 496 $88,889 $535,400 2,127
Ridgeway 3 403 $41,250 $209,000 3,735
Six Mile 4 895 $57,083 $156,700 4,323
Rockville 5 172 $51,875 $361,100 2,127
Mcclellanville 6 365 $65,833 $333,700 2,127
Parksville 7 133 $46,250 $125,000 4,157
Smoaks 8 190 $56,944 $113,500 5,033
Little Mountain 9 259 $50,000 $187,500 3,657
Reidville 10 723 $58,036 $131,900 5,490
Cameron 11 479 $47,917 $149,000 3,257
Pelion 12 779 $55,625 $130,600 3,741
Edisto Beach 13 581 $65,729 $546,900 19,324
Summit 14 477 $55,000 $117,000 6,049
Hemingway 15 728 $34,327 $107,500 6,772
Harleyville 16 940 $42,721 $109,600 4,323
Cope 17 192 $80,769 $70,400 6,534
Mcconnells 18 314 $38,125 $137,500 5,683
Trenton 19 201 $56,667 $130,800 4,601
Aynor 20 755 $37,500 $162,100 5,144
Gilbert 21 728 $53,075 $129,600 5,831
Ruby 22 317 $34,821 $97,300 5,741
Jefferson 23 873 $38,646 $96,700 6,461
Lowrys 24 271 $70,250 $91,900 6,161
Silverstreet 25 229 $46,016 $107,400 5,936
Greeleyville 26 682 $19,412 $104,700 3,893
Monetta 27 278 $26,000 $86,000 6,387
Brunson 28 421 $38,250 $63,600 6,881
Cottageville 29 925 $36,607 $101,600 2,849
Bethune 30 303 $39,583 $88,300 6,251
Cordova 31 197 $26,607 $77,500 7,308
Reevesville 32 219 $35,625 $111,100 6,110
Springfield 33 517 $51,250 $77,500 6,537
Campobello 34 563 $45,000 $93,500 6,619
Lodge 35 162 $43,750 $85,000 6,482
Nichols 36 448 $27,708 $85,000 5,915
Elloree 37 756 $40,795 $76,200 6,791
Hickory Grove 38 379 $51,250 $82,100 6,751
Bowman 39 875 $28,854 $90,700 6,948
Atlantic Beach 40 242 $17,292 $134,400 6,280
Mcbee 41 1,021 $33,295 $72,400 3,497
Hodges 42 104 $45,000 $85,000 4,496
Lake View 43 1,007 $26,143 $59,700 3,939
Mount Croghan 44 180 $56,250 $57,200 6,811
Scranton 45 767 $20,592 $65,400 461
Rowesville 46 424 $34,740 $90,300 7,258
Yemassee 47 939 $39,531 $111,900 6,472
Ridge Spring 48 986 $30,982 $76,900 7,209
Swansea 49 859 $32,500 $90,000 4,817
Luray 50 91 $41,250 $76,300 7,093
Bonneau 51 360 $28,750 $96,400 6,654
Starr 52 170 $38,750 $106,300 6,328
Pinewood 53 538 $30,227 $83,300 7,426
North 54 786 $24,554 $74,100 4,388
Stuckey 55 734 $30,556 $62,900 7,659
Norris 56 705 $32,574 $84,500 6,829
Wagener 57 486 $26,528 $56,200 4,284
Fort Lawn 58 842 $25,592 $82,400 3,559
Plum Branch 59 101 $21,923 $65,000 7,702
Sharon 60 428 $35,417 $103,100 6,853
Lamar 61 806 $27,143 $67,000 7,519
Society Hill 62 743 $39,740 $69,500 6,943
Norway 63 317 $21,042 $65,700 7,475
Tatum 64 104 $49,688 $58,000 7,355
Donalds 65 450 $35,625 $82,900 7,345
Clio 66 650 $30,192 $59,200 5,007
Salley 67 400 $22,560 $76,800 7,475
Heath Springs 68 874 $27,361 $82,300 7,471
Livingston 69 126 $25,625 $60,000 7,362
Richburg 70 335 $34,375 $84,400 7,269
Cross Hill 71 732 $43,681 $52,900 7,360
Scotia 72 198 $27,500 $95,000 7,296
Lockhart 73 500 $35,139 $34,300 7,871
Salem 74 135 $38,750 $133,300 6,183
Woodford 75 110 $32,917 $72,100 7,121
Olar 76 490 $36,167 $49,100 7,560
Olanta 77 790 $29,219 $74,800 7,582
Lane 78 571 $32,750 $53,300 7,979
Chesnee 79 744 $18,630 $70,700 3,587
Coward 80 510 $33,333 $60,000 2,800
Ward 81 89 $20,625 $79,000 6,822
Ehrhardt 82 393 $21,369 $67,500 2,662
Gray Court 83 810 $35,438 $62,800 7,548
Paxville 84 308 $42,321 $50,000 8,126
Central Pacolet 85 256 $23,409 $55,500 8,125
Lynchburg 86 348 $28,424 $58,100 7,681
Perry 87 189 $33,194 $45,000 7,842
Eutawville 88 349 $28,250 $83,300 7,339
Mayesville 89 560 $22,109 $50,400 8,109
West Union 90 321 $28,182 $52,000 7,870
Gifford 91 404 $35,833 $55,700 8,302
Eastover 92 569 $23,017 $84,500 7,702
Patrick 93 343 $33,542 $40,700 7,912
Waterloo 94 317 $22,473 $23,200 8,476
West Pelzer 95 801 $23,833 $71,600 10,225
Carlisle 96 487 $25,469 $56,900 7,951
Jonesville 97 951 $16,507 $63,900 8,024
Kline 98 242 $30,781 $72,300 7,568
Vance 99 125 $21,944 $50,000 8,494
Hilda 100 605 $24,688 $64,900 7,816

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