Where are the best places in the state of South Carolina? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most.
And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.
We looked at the 93 most populated cities in the Palmetto State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a city 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. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.
So we know what we’re talking about.
Here are the 10 best places to live in South Carolina:
- Mount Pleasant
- Five Forks
- Oak Grove
- Seven Oaks
- Hilton Head Island
- Tega Cay
We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in South Carolina for making a place home.
The worst city to live in South Carolina? Dillon. More on that later.
How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?
In order to rank South Carolina’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers for South Carolina
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:
- Strong schools
- Low unemployment rates
- High incomes
- High home prices
- Lots of sunny days a year
- Low crime
- Low cost of living
If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in South Carolina, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.
Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased. The cost of living numbers are based on an average of 100.
1. Mount Pleasant
Crime Index: 80
Cost Of Living Index: 130
This Charleston suburb is a fantastic place to live. It’s safe, but a little on the expensive side.
2. Five Forks
Crime Index: 30
Cost Of Living Index: 107
Five Forks is a Greenville suburb where it’s just about as safe as you’ll see in the state.
Crime Index: 103
Cost Of Living Index: 94
This is a great place to live if you work/commute into Columbia. The cost of living is really low.
4. Oak Grove
Crime Index: 78
Cost Of Living Index: 89
Oak Grove is a really cute, and affordable place to live. It’s also a Columbia suburb.
5. Seven Oaks
Crime Index: 116
Cost Of Living Index: 92
Another Columbia suburb, this area is also very affordable.
Crime Index: 105
Cost Of Living Index: 109
Trust us, Charleston is truly one of the finest cities, not only in South Carolina, but in the nation. It can be really expensive to live in downtown proper, however.
7. Hilton Head Island
Crime Index: 107
Cost Of Living Index: 134
Everyone has heard of Hilton Head. This island is truly a remarkable place, just off shore of Savannah.
Crime Index: 103
Cost Of Living Index: 98
A north Charleston suburb, Summerville is a great place for those who want to work or play downtown, but don’t want to live downtown.
9. Tega Cay
Crime Index: 61
Cost Of Living Index: 116
This relatively unknown city is in York County in the far northern part of the state. It’s actually considered a Charlotte suburb.
Crime Index: 90
Cost Of Living Index: 94
Sanagree is an unincorporated community of Summerville in north Charleston.
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Mount Pleasant is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most South Carolina residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.
Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Cheraw
2nd Worst: Union
We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in South Carolina.
Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In South Carolina
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