Aiken 74 Excellent
Aiken Livability #51 ranked city in South Carolina#8,116 ranked city in the USARanks better than 72% of areas
A+ Aiken Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Aiken Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than South Carolina
964% less expensive than the US average
South Carolina
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Aiken cost of living
C+ Aiken Crime Total crime is 66% lower than South Carolina
Total crime
1,19254% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8454% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-82%Year over year crime is down
Aiken crime
C- Aiken Employment Household income is 16% higher than South Carolina
Median household income
$54,4422% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$31,3905% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%15% lower than the US average
Aiken employment
F Aiken Housing Home value is 22% higher than South Carolina
Median home value
$175,4005% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8609% lower than the US average
Home ownership
68%7% higher than the US average
Aiken real estate or Aiken rentals
C- Aiken Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than South Carolina
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
47%4% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:17% higher than the US average
Aiken K-12 schools
B Aiken User Ratings There are a total of 12 ratings in Aiken
Overall user rating
72% 12 total ratings
User reviews rating
10% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
85% 11 total surveys
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Living in Aiken, SC

Located in the state of South Carolina, Aiken is a mid-sized city with a population of 30,403 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 66% of Aiken residents are White, 29% Black and 2% Asian. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Aiken might be a good fit as 73% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 76% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Living in Aiken can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of South Carolina, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Aiken, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, weather, education, housing and more.

The livability score in Aiken is 65 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 42nd percentile of all cities across America. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Aiken has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (B-). On a less positive note, Aiken does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Aiken, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Hopelands Gardens, Aiken County Historical Museum, and Hitchcock Woods.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Aiken is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Aiken come in at $175,400, which is 22.1% higher than the South Carolina average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Aiken, the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 3.2% higher than the South Carolina average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Aiken were 7.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 2.5%.

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      Source: The Aiken, SC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).