These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In South Carolina


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:

  1. Abbeville
  2. Greenwood
  3. Chester
  4. Bennettsville
  5. Cheraw
  6. Seneca
  7. Darlington
  8. Central
  9. Clinton
  10. Laurens

So listen up Mount Pleasant as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Palmetto State

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.

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1. Abbeville

Abbeville, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,259
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 95
Housing: 54
Transportation: 81
Utiltiies: 95

2. Greenwood

Greenwood, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,206
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 95
Housing: 56
Transportation: 81
Utiltiies: 95

3. Chester

Chester, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,622
Services: 97
Groceries: 100
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 44
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 110

4. Bennettsville

Bennettsville, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,088
Services: 97
Groceries: 100
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 49
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 110

5. Cheraw

Cheraw, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,835
Services: 97
Groceries: 100
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 50
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 110

6. Seneca

Seneca, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,092
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 95
Housing: 68
Transportation: 81
Utiltiies: 95

7. Darlington

Darlington, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,291
Services: 102
Groceries: 111
Healthcare: 98
Housing: 51
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 98

8. Central

Central, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,082
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 95
Housing: 70
Transportation: 81
Utiltiies: 95

9. Clinton

Clinton, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,543
Services: 106
Groceries: 110
Healthcare: 105
Housing: 51
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 98

10. Laurens

Laurens, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,151
Services: 106
Groceries: 110
Healthcare: 105
Housing: 51
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 98

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In South Carolina

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Abbeville 1 5,259 94 103 95
Greenwood 2 23,206 94 103 95
Chester 3 5,622 97 100 101
Bennettsville 4 9,088 97 100 101
Cheraw 5 5,835 97 100 101
Seneca 6 8,092 94 103 95
Darlington 7 6,291 102 111 98
Central 8 5,082 94 103 95
Clinton 9 8,543 106 110 105
Laurens 10 9,151 106 110 105
Union 11 8,362 106 110 105
Marion 12 6,924 98 104 97
Gaffney 13 12,473 106 110 105
Anderson 14 26,626 94 103 95
Lake City 15 6,691 98 104 97
Dillon 16 6,742 98 104 97
Lancaster 17 8,542 97 100 101
Batesburg-Leesville 18 5,220 102 111 98
North Augusta 19 21,224 98 91 93
Newberry 20 10,268 102 111 98
Hartsville 21 7,829 102 111 98
Fountain Inn 22 7,474 106 110 105
York 23 7,787 97 100 101
Spartanburg 24 37,333 106 110 105
Georgetown 25 9,184 98 104 97
Orangeburg 26 13,910 102 111 98
Clover 27 5,135 97 100 101
Sumter 28 40,533 102 111 98
Cayce 29 12,584 102 111 98
Rock Hill 30 66,264 97 100 101
West Columbia 31 15,194 102 111 98
Easley 32 20,046 106 110 105
Clemson 33 13,904 94 103 95
Florence 34 36,961 98 104 97
Aiken 35 29,494 98 91 93
Greer 36 25,507 106 110 105
Irmo 37 11,221 102 111 98
Walterboro 38 5,382 102 116 98
Conway 39 17,466 98 104 97
Simpsonville 40 18,331 106 110 105
Moncks Corner 41 8,053 102 108 107
North Charleston 42 98,150 102 108 107
Mauldin 43 22,849 106 110 105
Columbia 44 129,757 102 111 98
Camden 45 6,852 102 111 98
Myrtle Beach 46 27,433 98 104 97
Lexington 47 17,900 102 111 98
Fort Mill 48 10,912 97 100 101
Forest Acres 49 10,436 102 111 98
Hanahan 50 18,052 102 108 107
Port Royal 51 10,805 102 116 98
Greenville 52 59,261 106 110 105
Goose Creek 53 36,536 102 108 107
Summerville 54 42,864 102 108 107
North Myrtle Beach 55 13,926 98 104 97
Beaufort 56 12,522 102 116 98
Bluffton 57 12,186 102 116 98
Tega Cay 58 7,595 97 100 101
Charleston 59 120,903 102 108 107
Hilton Head Island 60 37,420 102 116 98
Mount Pleasant 61 67,963 102 108 107

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