These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In South Carolina For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest places to live in South Carolina.

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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 cities and 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.

So where is the cheapest place to live in South Carolina? That would be Dillon.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in South Carolina for 2019:

  1. Dillon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Bennettsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Fountain Inn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Laurens (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Newberry (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Union (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Mauldin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Marion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Tega Cay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Easley (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Port Royal (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 Most Affordable Places To Live In The Palmetto State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In South Carolina
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

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.

The place with the lowest cost of living in South Carolina according to the data is Dillon.

The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In South Carolina For 2019

Dillon, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,540
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.7x (15th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 74.2x (3rd cheapest)
More on Dillon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Dillon comes in at $38,344 and the median home value is $105,300 for 2019.

Bennettsville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 8,493
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.3x (2nd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.6x (34th cheapest)
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.

The median income in Bennettsville comes in at $31,537 and the median home value is $73,200 for 2019.

Fountain Inn, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,455
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.5x (4th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 72.8x (5th cheapest)
More on Fountain Inn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fountain Inn is a city in Greenville and Laurens counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 7,799 at the 2010 census, up from 6,017 in 2000. It is part of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The median income in Fountain Inn comes in at $52,820 and the median home value is $129,800 for 2019.

Laurens, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,931
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 9)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.5x (6th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.3x (35th cheapest)
More on Laurens: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurens is a city in Laurens County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 9,139 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Laurens County.

The median income in Laurens comes in at $34,517 and the median home value is $85,900 for 2019.

Newberry, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,257
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.5x (5th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 50.9x (37th cheapest)
More on Newberry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newberry is a city in Newberry County, South Carolina, United States, in the Piedmont 43 miles (69 km) northwest of Columbia. The charter was adopted in 1894. The population was 10,277 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Newberry County; at one time it was called Newberry Courthouse.

The median income in Newberry comes in at $35,645 and the median home value is $88,600 for 2019.

Union, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,926
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.7x (12th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 47.8x (45th cheapest)
More on Union: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The city of Union is the county seat of Union County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 8,393 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Union Micropolitan Statistical Area (population 28,961 according to 2010 Census), an (MSA) which includes all of Union County and which is further included in the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area (population 1,266,995 according to the 2010 Census).

The median income in Union comes in at $28,087 and the median home value is $76,500 for 2019.

Mauldin, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,813
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.3x (3rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 69.1x (7th cheapest)
More on Mauldin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mauldin is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 15,224 at the 2000 census, 22,889 in 2010, and an estimated 25,135 in 2015. It is a principal city of the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The median income in Mauldin comes in at $65,539 and the median home value is $153,700 for 2019.

Marion, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,590
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.5x (36th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.4x (18th cheapest)
More on Marion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marion is a city in Marion County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 6,711 at the 2016 census. It is the county seat of Marion County. It is named for Francis Marion, a Brigadier General from South Carolina in the American Revolutionary War.

The median income in Marion comes in at $31,725 and the median home value is $111,500 for 2019.

Tega Cay, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,464
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.5x (7th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 95.9x (1st cheapest)
More on Tega Cay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Tega Cay comes in at $121,623 and the median home value is $306,600 for 2019.

Easley, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,521
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.1x (23rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 67.3x (9th cheapest)
More on Easley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Easley is a city in Pickens County (with parts extending into Anderson County) in the State of South Carolina. It is a principal city of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. Most of the city lies in Pickens County, with only a very small portion of the city in Anderson County.

The median income in Easley comes in at $47,280 and the median home value is $148,000 for 2019.

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 most affordable places to live in south carolina for 2019.

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

  1. Port Royal
  2. Bluffton
  3. Charleston

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places To Live In South Carolina

Rank City CheapScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Dillon 15.67 6,540 2.7x 74.2x
2 Bennettsville 18.0 8,493 2.3x 53.6x
3 Fountain Inn 19.0 8,455 2.5x 72.8x
4 Laurens 21.33 8,931 2.5x 53.3x
5 Newberry 22.0 10,257 2.5x 50.9x
6 Union 22.33 7,926 2.7x 47.8x
7 Mauldin 22.67 24,813 2.3x 69.1x
8 Marion 23.0 6,590 3.5x 61.4x
9 Tega Cay 23.67 9,464 2.5x 95.9x
10 Easley 23.67 20,521 3.1x 67.3x
11 North Augusta 24.33 22,268 2.9x 67.2x
12 Clover 26.0 5,731 2.7x 55.9x
13 Lake City 26.33 6,697 2.8x 46.7x
14 Greer 26.33 28,587 3.0x 62.4x
15 Forest Acres 26.33 10,466 3.0x 69.6x
16 Florence 26.67 37,840 3.4x 64.9x
17 Cayce 27.0 13,668 2.6x 54.1x
18 York 27.0 8,001 3.7x 58.7x
19 Chester 27.0 5,446 3.1x 43.8x
20 Greenwood 27.0 23,148 3.1x 47.1x
21 Simpsonville 27.33 20,741 2.6x 60.4x
22 Seneca 27.33 8,199 3.7x 64.5x
23 Lexington 27.67 20,653 2.7x 64.8x
24 Fort Mill 28.0 14,451 3.1x 77.1x
25 Irmo 28.33 11,950 2.1x 55.1x
26 Walterboro 28.33 5,143 3.8x 53.7x
27 Darlington 28.67 6,075 3.2x 45.4x
28 Clinton 29.33 8,538 2.7x 39.7x
29 Spartanburg 29.67 37,384 3.2x 50.6x
30 Gaffney 30.33 12,756 3.6x 49.5x
31 Camden 31.0 7,000 3.5x 56.8x
32 Moncks Corner 31.67 9,759 3.3x 59.4x
33 Aiken 31.67 30,277 3.3x 61.1x
34 Abbeville 32.33 5,103 3.5x 40.7x
35 Goose Creek 32.33 41,040 2.7x 54.5x
36 Hanahan 33.0 21,729 3.4x 62.7x
37 Rock Hill 33.33 70,764 3.2x 50.2x
38 James Island 34.0 11,908 3.5x 69.0x
39 Sumter 34.67 40,286 3.7x 50.4x
40 West Columbia 34.67 17,056 3.2x 47.6x
41 Cheraw 35.0 5,702 4.6x 46.7x
42 Conway 35.0 21,534 4.0x 52.0x
43 Summerville 35.0 49,122 3.3x 55.8x
44 Hartsville 35.33 7,694 3.9x 45.0x
45 Anderson 36.0 27,011 3.8x 47.1x
46 Lancaster 37.67 8,948 3.7x 45.0x
47 Beaufort 38.0 13,413 4.4x 55.2x
48 Central 38.33 5,161 4.0x 40.4x
49 Orangeburg 38.33 13,215 4.4x 40.8x
50 Columbia 39.0 132,236 3.9x 49.7x
51 Greenville 39.33 64,061 5.2x 56.6x
52 Georgetown 40.0 8,960 5.1x 45.7x
53 North Myrtle Beach 42.0 15,510 4.9x 56.4x
54 Hilton Head Island 42.67 39,666 6.3x 62.9x
55 Myrtle Beach 43.0 30,760 4.6x 46.3x
56 Clemson 44.0 15,375 5.2x 46.5x
57 North Charleston 44.67 108,186 3.9x 42.0x
58 Mount Pleasant 45.0 80,661 4.6x 61.7x
59 Charleston 45.67 131,204 4.7x 54.1x
60 Bluffton 45.67 17,164 3.5x 48.2x
61 Port Royal 48.0 12,218 4.6x 42.2x

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