These Are The 10 Richest Cities In South Carolina


We analyzed over 95 places in South Carolina to determine where the 1% live.

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Five Forks, Lake Murray of Richland, Boiling Springs: 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.

Five Forks in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $113,405 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.6%.

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.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 95 places in South Carolina with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Palmetto State:

  1. Five Forks
  2. Lake Murray Of Richland
  3. Boiling Springs
  4. Tega Cay
  5. Mount Pleasant
  6. Hilton Head Island
  7. Mauldin
  8. Simpsonville
  9. Lexington
  10. Fort Mill

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in South Carolina? That would be Marion.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In South Carolina

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think 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 2010-2014 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 95 places with more than 5,000 people in South Carolina, we ranked each place from 1 to 95 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, Five Forks, crowned the “Richest Place In South Carolina”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 95 places.

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1. Five Forks


Population: 16,173
Median Income: 11340500.0%
Poverty Level: 1.6%
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

2. Lake Murray Of Richland


Population: 5,475
Median Income: 10474700.0%
Poverty Level: 2.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

3. Boiling Springs


Population: 8,542
Median Income: 6348000.0%
Poverty Level: 7.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

4. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,224
Median Income: 11429400.0%
Poverty Level: 1.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

5. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,379
Median Income: 7620200.0%
Poverty Level: 8.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

6. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,497
Median Income: 6843700.0%
Poverty Level: 10.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%

7. Mauldin

Mauldin, South Carolina

Source: Flickr Mike Kalasnik

Population: 23,985
Median Income: 5661900.0%
Poverty Level: 6.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

8. Simpsonville

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Source: Producerrealty

Population: 19,219
Median Income: 5591000.0%
Poverty Level: 6.9%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

9. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,007
Median Income: 6116600.0%
Poverty Level: 10.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

10. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Source:

Population: 12,068
Median Income: 6110000.0%
Poverty Level: 9.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In South Carolina

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 SC, according to data:

Poorest: Marion
2nd Poorest: Abbeville
3rd Poorest: Chester
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In South Carolina


City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Five Forks 1 16,173 $113,405 1.6% 4.7%
Lake Murray of Richland 2 5,475 $104,747 2.2% 5.7%
Boiling Springs 3 8,542 $63,480 7.0% 4.7%
Tega Cay 4 8,224 $114,294 1.7% 6.9%
Mount Pleasant 5 72,379 $76,202 8.3% 6.2%
Hilton Head Island 6 38,497 $68,437 10.3% 5.9%
Mauldin 7 23,985 $56,619 6.0% 6.6%
Simpsonville 8 19,219 $55,910 6.9% 6.4%
Lexington 9 19,007 $61,166 10.9% 5.4%
Fort Mill 10 12,068 $61,100 9.2% 6.4%
Lake Wylie 11 9,640 $76,378 6.2% 9.4%
Oak Grove 12 10,344 $47,804 9.6% 6.3%
James Island 13 11,451 $62,301 8.4% 9.6%
Goose Creek 14 38,545 $62,107 10.1% 9.3%
Powdersville 15 7,513 $47,829 10.5% 6.5%
Port Royal 16 11,264 $46,643 11.7% 4.9%
Irmo 17 11,518 $55,829 14.1% 6.5%
Wade Hampton 18 19,586 $45,993 10.7% 6.2%
North Augusta 19 21,832 $50,771 10.2% 8.9%
Bluffton 20 13,979 $64,217 11.9% 9.8%
Hanahan 21 18,999 $49,871 13.2% 6.9%
Beaufort 22 12,702 $46,915 17.2% 4.0%
Seven Oaks 23 15,906 $47,341 12.4% 7.4%
Taylors 24 23,490 $48,871 14.6% 6.8%
Forest Acres 25 10,533 $51,974 12.5% 9.4%
Aiken 26 29,980 $53,489 15.5% 8.5%
Summerville 27 44,717 $55,290 11.0% 10.7%
Murrells Inlet 28 8,027 $51,035 11.1% 10.3%
Sangaree 29 8,782 $53,387 13.0% 10.1%
Centerville 30 6,749 $46,130 5.1% 11.6%
Charleston 31 125,458 $52,971 19.5% 7.4%
Little River 32 9,273 $42,775 14.4% 7.0%
Greer 33 26,626 $44,111 15.3% 7.3%
Lugoff 34 8,039 $56,596 9.1% 14.4%
Camden 35 6,931 $47,962 18.4% 8.6%
Red Bank 36 9,128 $47,796 16.4% 9.2%
Garden City 37 8,824 $40,373 12.8% 7.6%
Ladson 38 15,369 $49,359 12.5% 11.9%
North Myrtle Beach 39 14,485 $45,780 16.3% 8.8%
Fountain Inn 40 8,031 $46,989 8.4% 14.1%
Red Hill 41 14,565 $41,291 24.4% 6.0%
Easley 42 20,242 $40,453 13.3% 10.2%
Greenville 43 60,670 $41,147 19.2% 9.7%
Laurel Bay 44 6,404 $40,634 10.4% 13.4%
West Columbia 45 15,623 $40,931 21.0% 8.9%
Cayce 46 12,944 $43,186 25.9% 8.5%
Moncks Corner 47 8,711 $44,828 16.3% 12.7%
Florence 48 37,512 $43,007 18.6% 12.1%
Rock Hill 49 68,185 $40,718 19.2% 11.5%
Burton 50 6,173 $42,515 13.4% 14.5%
Socastee 51 20,496 $37,634 19.9% 10.2%
Dentsville 52 14,122 $37,339 14.2% 12.4%
Belvedere 53 5,504 $39,375 20.0% 10.7%
Woodfield 54 9,484 $36,963 19.7% 10.6%
Columbia 55 131,331 $41,454 23.7% 11.7%
North Charleston 56 102,143 $39,446 20.0% 11.8%
Valley Falls 57 5,886 $37,572 25.7% 9.7%
Clover 58 5,321 $45,668 17.4% 16.1%
Seneca 59 8,147 $37,983 17.1% 13.9%
Myrtle Beach 60 28,455 $37,064 23.4% 11.2%
Newberry 61 10,259 $32,759 24.7% 10.0%
Piedmont 62 5,396 $39,868 17.5% 15.2%
Sumter 63 40,819 $39,072 17.5% 14.5%
St. Andrews 64 21,298 $33,575 20.0% 12.4%
York 65 7,913 $37,423 23.0% 12.5%
Clemson 66 14,254 $33,632 47.2% 7.6%
Welcome 67 5,972 $31,100 19.4% 14.2%
Laurens 68 9,136 $27,449 20.6% 12.0%
Conway 69 18,645 $35,479 33.1% 11.0%
Spartanburg 70 37,216 $34,092 23.5% 13.7%
Gaffney 71 12,565 $29,943 25.4% 13.4%
Anderson 72 26,798 $28,987 26.2% 12.1%
Berea 73 14,230 $29,964 26.9% 13.5%
Bennettsville 74 8,928 $24,511 31.6% 11.3%
Gantt 75 14,630 $30,154 25.5% 14.9%
Clinton 76 8,525 $28,268 36.2% 12.5%
Union 77 8,191 $26,689 23.2% 16.8%
Sans Souci 78 7,743 $27,813 31.6% 13.6%
Georgetown 79 9,110 $26,364 29.8% 13.6%
Lancaster 80 8,801 $29,602 29.5% 15.5%
Orangeburg 81 13,790 $28,967 30.4% 14.5%
Dillon 82 6,731 $26,882 35.9% 13.4%
Hartsville 83 7,857 $29,276 28.1% 19.4%
Central 84 5,170 $24,581 44.4% 12.1%
Walterboro 85 5,339 $24,120 32.9% 13.3%
Lake City 86 6,720 $29,431 28.4% 24.3%
Homeland Park 87 6,574 $25,651 25.4% 18.9%
Parker 88 11,987 $29,164 31.7% 17.0%
Greenwood 89 23,296 $24,760 31.8% 14.9%
Batesburg-Leesville 90 5,242 $26,797 32.7% 20.7%
Cheraw 91 5,809 $22,779 36.7% 15.4%
Darlington 92 6,232 $25,966 34.6% 24.4%
Chester 93 5,543 $22,639 32.2% 22.2%
Abbeville 94 5,207 $19,869 37.5% 17.3%
Marion 95 6,833 $21,687 39.7% 25.3%

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