10 Richest Cities In South Carolina For 2019


We analyzed 63 places in South Carolina to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in South Carolina.

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Mount Pleasant, James Island, Bluffton: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in South Carolina. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Palmetto State.

Mount Pleasant in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $90,454 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 5.4%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in South Carolina share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 63 places in South Carolina with more than 5,000 people.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in South Carolina.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about South Carolina:

The 10 Richest Cities In South Carolina For 2019

Mount Pleasant, SC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 80,661
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $90,454
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is the fourth largest municipality and largest town in South Carolina, and for several years was one of the state’s fastest-growing areas, doubling in population between 1990 and 2000. The population was 67,843 at the 2010 census, and the estimated population in 2014 was 77,796. Mount Pleasant is the third largest city in the Charleston – North Charleston – Summerville metropolitan area, behind Charleston and North Charleston.

James Island, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,908
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Income: $75,345
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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James Island is a town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is located in the central and southern parts of James Island. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, James Island is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area.

Bluffton, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,164
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $70,222
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
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Bluffton is a Lowcountry town in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is primarily located around U.S. Route 278, between Hilton Head Island and Interstate 95. The town’s original one square mile area, now known as Old Town, is situated on a bluff along the May River. The population was counted by the 2010 census at 12,893. Bluffton is the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina with a population over 2,500, growing 882.7% between the 2000 and 2010 census. Bluffton is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina by land area. The town is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bluffton is known for its eclectic Old Town district and natural views of the May River. It has been called “the last true coastal village of the South.”

Review Of Bluffton by HomeSnacks User

Bluffton is a wonderful place to live or just visit. The people are friendly and helpful. Everyone is warm and welcoming. There is so much to do and see here. There is an artist’s colony in Old Town with dozens of small galleries. The food is southern, but so diverse, and includes everything from BBQ to French pastries. It’s just a 20 minute drive south to beautiful Savannah GA or head east to spend the day at the beaches on gorgeous Hilton Head Island.

Old Town Bluffton, for the art exhibits and the history of the area.

Lexington, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,653
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $65,019
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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Lexington is the largest town in and the county seat of Lexington County, South Carolina, United States. Lexington is a suburb of the state’s capital and second-largest city, Columbia. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2016 population is 24,905, and it is the second-largest municipality in the Columbia, South Carolina metropolitan area.

Tega Cay, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,464
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $121,623
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.0%
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Forest Acres, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,466
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Median Income: $62,008
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
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Fort Mill, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,451
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $71,436
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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Fort Mill, also known as Fort Mill Township, is a town in York County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is a suburb of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina and is located north of Rock Hill. As of 2015, approximately 13,662 people live inside the town’s corporate limits with a total of 36,119 people residing within the entire township. Some businesses and residents in the Indian Land community of neighboring Lancaster County often use Fort Mill as their city address as it is the nearest incorporated area, but the official town boundary is located only in York County.

Hilton Head Island, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 39,666
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Income: $72,569
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 10.9%
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Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Lowcountry resort town and barrier island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles (153 km) southwest of Charleston. The island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663 identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named “Hilton’s Head” after himself. The island features 12 miles (19 km) of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination. In 2004, an estimated 2.25 million visitors pumped more than $1.5 billion into the local economy. The year-round population was 37,099 at the 2010 census, although during the peak of summer vacation season the population can swell to 150,000. Over the past decade, the island’s population growth rate was 32%. Hilton Head Island is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 207,413 in 2015.

Review Of Hilton Head Island by HomeSnacks User

The place is gorgeous and use to be wonderful. I moved away because the corruption and drugs are unbelievable. The hospital is horrible and tourist are lulled into believing they are safe. SC poverty is horrible and shootings in HHI and Bluffton are common. Theft is extremely high because of drugs.Stay out of Horry, Beaufort and Jasper counties if you visit South Carolina.

Charleston is fun but watch yourself at night. Do not go in the summer, the heat is horrible. The beach on Hilton Head is nice but stay off it at night; a 16 yr old girl was murdered,rapes are common and a 15 yr old shot an 18 yr old at Coligny beach, a woman was just found shot in the Target parking lot.Greenville is a pretty town and has many artists and the crime is lower. Myrtle Beach is fun but very dangerous from drug crime.

Simpsonville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 20,741
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Income: $58,857
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Simpsonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Simpsonville is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. It is part of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,238 at the 2010 census, up from 14,352 in 2000. The population had risen to an estimated 20,736 as of 2015. Simpsonville is part of the “Golden Strip”, along with Mauldin and Fountain Inn, an area which is noted for having low unemployment due to a diversity of industries including Para-Chem, Kemet, Sealed Air and Milliken.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,083
Rank Last Year:
Median Income: $51,784
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.3%
More on Hollywood: Real Estate | Data

How We Determined The Richest Places In South Carolina For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In South Carolina
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 63 places with more than 5,000 people in South Carolina, we ranked each place from 1 to 63 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Mount Pleasant, crowned the “Richest City In South Carolina For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 63 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In South Carolina For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in South Carolina, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in South Carolina.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in South Carolina, according to data:

Poorest: Abbeville
2nd Poorest: Cheraw
3rd Poorest: Central

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

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Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In South Carolina

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mount Pleasant 2.33 $90,454
2 James Island 3.83 $75,345
3 Bluffton 5.17 $70,222
4 Lexington 6.67 $65,019
5 Tega Cay 7.5 $121,623
6 Forest Acres 9.0 $62,008
7 Fort Mill 9.5 $71,436
8 Hilton Head Island 9.83 $72,569
9 Simpsonville 10.5 $58,857
10 Hollywood 11.0 $51,784
11 Hanahan 11.0 $61,221
12 Mauldin 12.0 $65,539
13 Charleston 15.17 $61,367
14 Goose Creek 15.67 $64,204
15 Moncks Corner 15.67 $50,840
16 Greer 16.33 $51,913
17 Fountain Inn 17.5 $52,820
18 Summerville 18.33 $57,825
19 North Myrtle Beach 19.0 $54,283
20 Aiken 21.0 $53,433
21 Greenville 21.5 $48,984
22 Irmo 21.67 $59,470
23 Beaufort 23.5 $47,452
24 Easley 24.83 $47,280
25 Camden 25.67 $43,838
26 North Augusta 26.0 $51,863
27 Seneca 27.33 $39,483
28 Hardeeville 27.83 $52,705
29 West Columbia 28.67 $42,045
30 Cayce 28.83 $46,383
31 Port Royal 29.67 $46,475
32 Florence 30.5 $47,008
33 Rock Hill 32.0 $44,296
34 York 34.17 $35,896
35 North Charleston 34.5 $39,944
36 Clover 34.83 $46,940
37 Clemson 35.83 $39,746
38 Columbia 37.0 $43,650
39 Spartanburg 40.0 $37,369
40 Myrtle Beach 40.33 $39,006
41 Sumter 40.33 $38,562
42 Anderson 40.5 $32,655
43 Gaffney 44.17 $30,058
44 Laurens 44.33 $34,517
45 Conway 44.67 $37,362
46 Newberry 44.67 $35,645
47 Clinton 46.33 $29,393
48 Dillon 48.17 $38,344
49 Walterboro 50.33 $28,929
50 Greenwood 51.0 $30,273
51 Lancaster 51.67 $32,371
52 Darlington 52.0 $27,489
53 Union 52.67 $28,087
54 Orangeburg 53.0 $27,564
55 Bennettsville 53.5 $31,537
56 Chester 53.67 $23,919
57 Lake City 54.67 $30,158
58 Hartsville 55.83 $28,070
59 Marion 56.0 $31,725
60 Georgetown 57.33 $31,273
61 Central 57.33 $26,623
62 Cheraw 60.5 $24,504
63 Abbeville 61.67 $22,165

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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