Richest Cities In South Carolina For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in South Carolina.

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Want to know where you can live the South Carolina dream in some of the richest places in the state? You've come to the right place.

Yes, HomeSnacks has created a list of the top ten richest places to live in The Palmetto State for 2020 and listed them below. Incidentally, this is our sixth time ranking this southern charm, so believe us when we say that South Carolina's richest places are the creme de la creme. To identify South Carolina's richest places we looked at the latest Census data from the American Community Survey for 65 South Carolina cities with 5,000 residents. We then looked at a places median income and their unemployment and poverty rate and assigned each a score.

Now, if you want to live in South Carolina's richest places, you're going to have to bring home the bacon. The median income for many in the top ten will require that you have a solid job and the highest paying jobs in South Carolina are in healthcare and engineering. But don't worry, finding a job in one of the top ten richest places shouldn't be difficult because the unemployment rate in many of these places is below the national average.

So, want to know where South Carolina's 'one percenters' live? HomeSnacks suggests that you read on.

Many of South Carolina's richest places are also the state's safest. Heck, South Carolina notables like Jesse Jackson and Vanna White have been singing the praises of places like Greenville and Myrtle Beach for years. But, there can only be one one number one richest place in The Palmetto State.

So, what's the richest place in South Carolina for 2020? According to the data, that would be Mount Pleasant.

To see a list of where the rest of South Carolina's royalty live, take a look below.

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 2020

Mount Pleasant, SC

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Population: 83,700
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $97,176
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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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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Population: 12,010
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $78,688
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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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

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Population: 18,835
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,695
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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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.

Fort Mill, SC

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Population: 15,924
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $81,401
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
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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.

Simpsonville, SC

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Population: 21,423
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $67,456
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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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.

Tega Cay, SC

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Population: 9,954
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $123,564
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
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Lexington, SC

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Population: 21,040
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $68,219
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.6%
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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.

Mauldin, SC

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Population: 25,009
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $65,737
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
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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.

Hanahan, SC

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Population: 22,963
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $65,329
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 12.2%
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Population: 5,119
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $54,981
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.9%
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How We Determined The Richest Places In South Carolina For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 65 places with more than 5,000 people in South Carolina, we ranked each place from 1 to 65 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 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 65 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In South Carolina For 2020

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: Union

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In South Carolina

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mount Pleasant 3.0 $97,176
2 James Island 3.0 $78,688
3 Bluffton 4.33 $74,695
4 Fort Mill 6.0 $81,401
5 Simpsonville 8.0 $67,456
6 Tega Cay 9.33 $123,564
7 Lexington 9.67 $68,219
8 Mauldin 11.0 $65,737
9 Hanahan 13.0 $65,329
10 Hollywood 13.0 $54,981
11 Greer 13.67 $57,630
12 Forest Acres 14.0 $64,926
13 Hilton Head Island 14.0 $73,972
14 Goose Creek 14.67 $65,884
15 Moncks Corner 15.0 $56,423
16 Travelers Rest 17.33 $49,028
17 Charleston 17.33 $64,599
18 Hardeeville 18.67 $57,328
19 Summerville 19.0 $59,306
20 Irmo 19.33 $63,713
21 North Myrtle Beach 20.0 $57,930
22 Greenville 22.67 $53,571
23 Aiken 24.67 $54,050
24 Fountain Inn 25.0 $62,904
25 Camden 25.33 $47,554
26 Easley 25.33 $47,411
27 Beaufort 25.67 $49,583
28 North Augusta 26.33 $56,811
29 West Columbia 27.67 $45,082
30 Cayce 28.33 $50,545
31 Florence 30.67 $48,091
32 Seneca 32.33 $38,158
33 Rock Hill 32.33 $46,792
34 Port Royal 32.67 $43,878
35 York 36.67 $39,021
36 Clover 37.33 $44,337
37 Columbia 37.67 $45,663
38 North Charleston 38.0 $41,316
39 Clemson 38.67 $42,021
40 Batesburg-Leesville 39.0 $45,294
41 Myrtle Beach 41.33 $40,525
42 Anderson 42.33 $31,897
43 Spartanburg 43.0 $38,325
44 Conway 43.0 $39,957
45 Sumter 43.33 $39,329
46 Gaffney 47.0 $30,114
47 Laurens 47.67 $36,228
48 Central 48.33 $28,214
49 Newberry 49.0 $32,492
50 Greenwood 49.67 $32,029
51 Lake City 50.33 $32,179
52 Clinton 51.0 $30,707
53 Dillon 51.0 $36,125
54 Darlington 51.67 $28,515
55 Walterboro 54.33 $30,359
56 Hartsville 55.0 $31,806
57 Orangeburg 55.67 $27,881
58 Marion 55.67 $34,561
59 Chester 56.0 $25,871
60 Lancaster 58.0 $30,933
61 Georgetown 58.33 $30,972
62 Bennettsville 59.33 $30,008
63 Union 59.67 $27,180
64 Cheraw 60.67 $29,444
65 Abbeville 64.0 $23,493

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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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