Where are the best places in the state of South Carolina?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Palmetto State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in South Carolina.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 60 places in South Carolina, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Mount Pleasant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Tega Cay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mauldin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lexington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Forest Acres (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Simpsonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Clemson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Charleston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hanahan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fort Mill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Mount Pleasant if you’re thinking of moving to South Carolina — it’s the best the Palmetto State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in South Carolina.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Columbia with a population of 132,537 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 60 cities, 141 towns, and 130 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In South Carolina
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in South Carolina across a number of criteria from one to 60, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In South Carolina”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in South Carolina.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Mount Pleasant at the end of the cul-de-sac.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Mount Pleasant one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Mount Pleasant.
In Tega Cay, everyone loves to call Tega Cay home! The median home value is the 3rd highest in South Carolina.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 14th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Palmetto State.
Tega Cay should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Mauldin.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 15th lowest in South Carolina and the median income comes in at $63,071.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Who doesn’t want to live in Lexington? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 4.2%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Lexington in the news in the coming months.
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Forest Acres. Statistically the 37th safest place in the state, there were only 77 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Forest Acres, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $58,714 a year, and homes are valued at more than $186,900.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?
Simpsonville is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It’s quite a gem tucked away in South Carolina.
Well, I guess technically 4.9% of Clemson residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 5th closest of any city in South Carolina.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Clemson also ranked well for crime (16th) and median income ($37,466).
If you want to live in South Carolina, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Charleston area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $57,603 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Charleston as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Charleston.
Hanahan’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 15th highest, making Hanahan a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Hanahan has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
Fort Mill is another gem in Palmetto State. The unemployment rate here is 10th lowest in the entire state at 5.5%. Other factors that make Fort Mill so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $209,100, and parents earn a combined $66,748 a year
There’s nothing like the American dream.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In South Carolina
If you’re looking at areas in South Carolina with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Mount Pleasant made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.
Best Towns To Live In South Carolina
- Northlake (Pop. 4,086)
- Pinopolis (Pop. 1,303)
- Sullivan’s Island (Pop. 2,049)
- India Hook (Pop. 4,192)
- Blythewood (Pop. 2,612)
- Isle of Palms (Pop. 4,320)
- Springdale (Pop. 2,740)
- Pine Ridge (Pop. 2,138)
- Folly Beach (Pop. 2,732)
- Quinby (Pop. 1,192)
Best Small Towns To Live In South Carolina
- Arcadia Lakes (Pop. 991)
- Briarcliffe Acres (Pop. 407)
- Pawleys Island (Pop. 67)
- Boykin (Pop. 98)
- Reidville (Pop. 827)
- Edisto Beach (Pop. 647)
- Rockville (Pop. 153)
- Little Mountain (Pop. 219)
- Hodges (Pop. 148)
- Glendale (Pop. 161)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in South Carolina according to the data:
- Batesburg-Leesville (Pop. 5,273)
- Dillon (Pop. 6,675)
- Walterboro (Pop. 5,287)
For more South Carolina reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In South Carolina
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In South Carolina For 2018
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In South Carolina
- 10 Safest Places In South Carolina
- 10 Worst Places To Live In South Carolina
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In South Carolina
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