These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In South Carolina For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in South Carolina go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in South Carolina definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in South Carolina where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Palmetto State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 61 largest places in South Carolina, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in South Carolina for 2018:

  1. Abbeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Greenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Seneca (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Central (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Anderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. North Augusta (Homes For Sale)
  7. Clemson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Aiken (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Chester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bennettsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Mount Pleasant (the most expensive place in South Carolina) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about South Carolina and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Palmetto State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In South Carolina
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in South Carolina to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 61 places in South Carolina that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Abbeville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,259
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 54
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Abbeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Abbeville is a city in Abbeville County, South Carolina, United States, 86 miles west of Columbia and 45 miles south of Greenville. Its population was 5,237 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Abbeville County. Settled by French Huguenot settlers, it was named, along with the county, for the French town of the same name.

Greenwood, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,206
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 56
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Seneca, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,092
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 68
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Seneca: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Seneca is a city in Oconee County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 8,102 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Seneca Micropolitan Statistical Area, an which includes all of Oconee County and which is further included in the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area.

Central, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,082
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 70
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Central: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Central is a town in Pickens County, South Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,159, roughly 3,000 of which were considered permanent residents. Contrary to its name, it is not near the center of South Carolina. It received its name from its geographic location, being the halfway or central point between Atlanta and Charlotte along the former Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway line. The primary campus of Southern Wesleyan University is located east of the downtown area.

Anderson, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,626
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 72
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Anderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Anderson is a city in and the county seat of Anderson County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 26,686 at the 2010 census, and the city was the center of an urbanized area of 75,702. It is one of the principal cities in the Greenville-Anderson–Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 824,112 at the 2010 census. It is further included in the larger Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area, with a total population of 1,266,995, at the 2010 census. Anderson is just off Interstate 85 and is 120 miles from Atlanta and 140 miles from Charlotte.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,224
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 93
Housing: 80
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 90
More on North Augusta: Real Estate | Data

North Augusta is a city in Aiken and Edgefield counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina, on the north bank of the Savannah River. The population was 21,348 at the 2010 census. The city is included in the Central Savannah River Area and is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.

Clemson, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,904
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 97
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Clemson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clemson is a city in Pickens and Anderson counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Clemson is home to Clemson University; in 2015, the Princeton Review cited the town of Clemson as ranking #1 in the United States for “town-and-gown” relations with its resident university. The population of the city was 13,905 at the 2010 census.

Clemson is part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area. Most of the city is in Pickens County, which is part of the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. A small portion is in Anderson County, which is part of the Anderson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Aiken, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 29,494
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 93
Housing: 98
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 90
More on Aiken: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Founded in 1835, the city of Aiken was named after William Aiken, the president of the South Carolina Railroad. The town is the county seat of Aiken County, South Carolina, United States, which was formed in 1871 from parts of Orangeburg, Lexington, Edgefield, and Barnwell counties. With Augusta, Georgia, it is one of the two largest cities of the Central Savannah River Area. It is part of the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area. Aiken is home to the University of South Carolina Aiken. The population was 30,296 at the 2013 census. Aiken was recognized with the All-America City Award in 1997 by the National Civic League.

Chester, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,622
Services: 97
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 101
Housing: 44
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 110
More on Chester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chester is a small rural city in Chester County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 5,607 at the 2010 census, down from 6,476 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Chester County.

Bennettsville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,088
Services: 97
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 101
Housing: 49
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 110
More on Bennettsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bennettsville is a city located in the U.S. state of South Carolina on the Great Pee Dee River. As the county seat of Marlboro County, Bennettsville is noted for its historic homes and buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries – including the Bennettsville Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. South Carolina Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in South Carolina, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in South Carolina according to the data:

  1. Mount Pleasant
  2. Greenville
  3. Charleston

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In South Carolina

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Abbeville 7.0 5,259 94 103 95
2 Greenwood 7.5 23,206 94 103 95
3 Seneca 8.75 8,092 94 103 95
4 Central 9.33 5,082 94 103 95
5 Anderson 9.75 26,626 94 103 95
6 North Augusta 11.17 21,224 98 91 93
7 Clemson 13.08 13,904 94 103 95
8 Aiken 13.42 29,494 98 91 93
9 Chester 26.17 5,622 97 100 101
10 Bennettsville 26.33 9,088 97 100 101
11 Cheraw 26.5 5,835 97 100 101
12 Marion 28.33 6,924 98 104 97
13 Lancaster 28.5 8,542 97 100 101
14 Lake City 28.58 6,691 98 104 97
15 Darlington 28.67 6,291 102 111 98
16 Dillon 28.83 6,742 98 104 97
17 York 29.58 7,787 97 100 101
18 Batesburg-Leesville 30.08 5,220 102 111 98
19 Georgetown 30.33 9,184 98 104 97
20 Clover 30.33 5,135 97 100 101
21 Newberry 30.58 10,268 102 111 98
22 Hartsville 30.75 7,829 102 111 98
23 Rock Hill 31.17 66,264 97 100 101
24 Orangeburg 31.67 13,910 102 111 98
25 Sumter 32.08 40,533 102 111 98
26 Florence 32.25 36,961 98 104 97
27 Cayce 32.42 12,584 102 111 98
28 West Columbia 32.67 15,194 102 111 98
29 Conway 33.33 17,466 98 104 97
30 Laurens 33.58 9,151 106 110 105
31 Union 33.58 8,362 106 110 105
32 Clinton 33.58 8,543 106 110 105
33 Irmo 33.92 11,221 102 111 98
34 Gaffney 34.0 12,473 106 110 105
35 Myrtle Beach 34.17 27,433 98 104 97
36 Fort Mill 34.33 10,912 97 100 101
37 Walterboro 34.42 5,382 102 116 98
38 Columbia 34.75 129,757 102 111 98
39 Camden 34.92 6,852 102 111 98
40 Lexington 35.17 17,900 102 111 98
41 Fountain Inn 35.33 7,474 106 110 105
42 Forest Acres 35.75 10,436 102 111 98
43 Spartanburg 35.83 37,333 106 110 105
44 Tega Cay 35.83 7,595 97 100 101
45 North Myrtle Beach 36.08 13,926 98 104 97
46 Easley 37.58 20,046 106 110 105
47 Port Royal 37.67 10,805 102 116 98
48 Moncks Corner 37.75 8,053 102 108 107
49 Beaufort 37.83 12,522 102 116 98
50 Greer 38.0 25,507 106 110 105
51 North Charleston 38.17 98,150 102 108 107
52 Bluffton 38.33 12,186 102 116 98
53 Simpsonville 38.83 18,331 106 110 105
54 Hilton Head Island 38.83 37,420 102 116 98
55 Mauldin 39.5 22,849 106 110 105
56 Hanahan 39.58 18,052 102 108 107
57 Goose Creek 40.08 36,536 102 108 107
58 Summerville 40.33 42,864 102 108 107
59 Charleston 41.08 120,903 102 108 107
60 Greenville 41.42 59,261 106 110 105
61 Mount Pleasant 41.58 67,963 102 108 107

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