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 the best places to live in South Carolina or the most expensive.

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

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.

1. Abbeville

Abbeville, South Carolina

Population: 5,259
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 54
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Abbeville: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

2. Greenwood

Greenwood, South Carolina

Population: 23,206
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 56
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Greenwood: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Seneca

Seneca, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,092
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 68
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Seneca: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

4. Central

Central, South Carolina

Population: 5,082
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 70
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Central: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

5. Anderson

Anderson, South Carolina

Population: 26,626
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 72
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Anderson: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. North Augusta


Population: 21,224
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 93
Housing: 80
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 90
More on North Augusta: Homes For Sale | 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.

7. Clemson

Clemson, South Carolina

Population: 13,904
Services: 94
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 95
Housing: 97
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 95
More on Clemson: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

8. Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 29,494
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 93
Housing: 98
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 90
More on Aiken: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Chester

Chester, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,622
Services: 97
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 101
Housing: 44
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 110
More on Chester: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Bennettsville

Bennettsville, South Carolina

Population: 9,088
Services: 97
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 101
Housing: 49
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 110
More on Bennettsville: Homes For Sale | Data
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. 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.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In South Carolina

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

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