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Best Places To Live In South Carolina 2018

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  • Mauldin, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,723
  • I work in the tech industry, and the Greenville is an amazing area for tech growth. Unfortunately, anyone who was interested in tech and wanted to stay home in South Carolina has the same
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  • Hanahan, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,710
  • I came to the Charleston-Goose Creek area for Veterans Affairs visits, but it's also an important place to the Navy. Although the port city isn't military-dominated anymore, it still has a few important
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  • Five Forks, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,929
  • Life in Five Forks, South Carolina is as fine as wine, as the saying goes. My family has lived here for three generations now, and we think it is one of the best areas in the state of South Carolina to
82
  • Tega Cay, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,026
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  • Mount Pleasant, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 77,907
  • This town is perfectly situated between historic downtown Charleston, Sullivan's Island, and Isle of Palms. Mt. Perfect has great schools, convenient amenities, plethora of shopping, and fabulous
80
  • Greer, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,739
  • I've lived in a few parts of South Carolina, and Greer is one of the most charming towns. If you work in tech and want to enjoy weather of northern South Carolina--along with the lower South Carolina
80
  • Fort Mill, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,181
  • I have lived in Fort Mill, SC for 5 years. I recently moved to The Greens Luxury apartments. Within the first month there my on-site storage unit was broken into and valuable possessions were stolen.
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  • Wade Hampton, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,673
  • There are so many charming towns in South Carolina, but Wade Hampton captures the image of a regal Southern town in spectacular ways. Walk around town and you'll see beautiful trees with Spanish moss
80
  • Clemson, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,008
  • My husband and I just passed the 30-year mark of living in Clemson, South Carolina. We have loved every single minute of living here and we can't recommend it highly enough. Some of our friends and
79
  • James Island, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,844
  • I experienced community enrichment while living in James Island South Carolina. The city is located in Charleston County. James Island is close to Charleston and Folly Beach South Carolina. The town has
79
  • Bluffton, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,765
  • Bluffton, South Carolina looks like something you would see on a postcard or a watercolor painting of a pretty little small town full of charm. Everywhere you look there's something to see. Living in
79
  • Simpsonville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,183
  • Greenville continues to become a great powerhouse of technology for South Carolina, and Simpsonville is coming up with it. Living in Simpsonville, SC gives you access to amazing views and beautiful
79
  • Lake Murray of Richland, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,798
77
  • Summerville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,919
  • The 6 member town counsel removed the Mayor's power several years ago and got away with it. Now they are power crazed and should not be running down a sidewalk much less running a town. Summerville is
77
  • Lexington, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,315
  • Lexington ain't like the rest of the South. My Southern accent actually went away over a decade ago, but thinking about home in Carolina manages to bring just the right of ain't back into my heart. If
77
  • Goose Creek, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,553
  • I've lived in Goose Creek most of my life and think it's a settled, quiet, safe, place to live. Not much exciting here but if you are wanting to escape cold winters or over- population it might be worth
76
  • Lake Wylie, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,472
  • Lake Wylie, SC is simply one of the best places to live, I have lived here for several years and love it. If you love living life on a beautiful lake, this is the place for you. Lake Wylie offers many
76
  • Charleston, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 129,888
  • Charleston and the surrounding areas or counties, no matter how much they build or the events they put on will always display their hidden racism. White Supremacy is alive and well here. Just go to
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  • Fountain Inn, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,044
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  • Taylors, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,719
  • Taylors is a comfortable and calm town in South Carolina that looks out to the hills that tread carefully into North Carolina. I'm a South Carolina native, and the one thing I appreciate more than
76
  • Murrells Inlet, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,161
75
  • Garden City, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,456
74
  • Boiling Springs, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,945
74
  • Seven Oaks, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,981
  • Seven Oaks, SC is a comfortable community just outside of Columbia, resting in the trees and gentle slopes of inland South Carolina. For me, it was a great way to enjoy the grace and culture of the
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  • Clover, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,593
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  • Powdersville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,888
73
  • Little River, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,239
72
  • Greenville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 62,776
  • I must say. This city is the biggest, in the small state of SC. It has had an upgrade or makeover to fool you, asthetically. Just like the fake majority of people that occupy it. It is the center of the
72
  • Hilton Head Island, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,651
  • Living in Hilton Head can be a headache from April through October when weekenders and vacationers pour onto the island causing the population to tripple. Only 20 miles from Savanna, GA, I can always
72
  • Forestbrook, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,218
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  • Sangaree, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,658
71
  • Port Royal, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,891
  • As a homeowner in Port Royal, South Carolina, I can vouch that this place is wonderful. If you are a member of the military and need a home close to the base here, then consider this community. The homes
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  • Irmo, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,851
  • Irmo, SC is a beautiful town in the Columbia area. It’s just 20 minutes away from Columbia proper, but a lot of Columbia businesses are just 10 or 15 minutes away. Irmo is just a few minutes away from
70
  • Forest Acres, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,571
  • Living in Forest Acres is like embracing the beauty of nature while getting the convenience of the SC capital. The town is under 10 minutes away from Columbia in usual traffic, making commutes easy.
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  • North Augusta, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,310
  • Church steeples, tall trees, and beautiful homes! Living in North Augusta, SC is like sitting in the epicenter of South Carolina's blazing business growth. South Carolina is getting another amazing
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  • Socastee, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,786
  • I live in the Socastee area and you can't find a better option for the cost of living. Socastee is in the Myrtle Beach area, easily accessed from Conway via Highway 544 or taking Highway 17 and turning
69
  • Burton, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,648
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  • Easley, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,464
  • I am an extreme couponer living in Easley, South Carolina, not far from the North Carolina border. It is just your average town, nothing really sets it apart from the next town. It has got your normal
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  • West Columbia, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,947
  • Sadly, West Columbus, South Carolina is one of those places you really want to like, but you can't. One would think that living in South Carolina itself would be a pleasant experience. However, after
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  • Cayce, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,684
  • Cayce, South Carolina is a great place to live. I have lived here for 2 years and enjoy this area. I had to relocate for my job and I chose Cayce because of the easiness in which I can commute to
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  • Dentsville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,192
  • We have excellent schools and are within close proximity to many different towns and downtown. I moved to Dentsville for the convenience and school district and I have been pleased so far. There are a
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  • Anderson, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,206
  • I moved to South Carolina in 1998 and I've been living in Anderson for the last 3 years. I enjoy the small town atmosphere in Anderson, South Carolina. The culture here is very friendly and you have all
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  • Rock Hill, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 70,251
  • No trip to South Carolina is complete without visiting Rock Hill. Rock Hill is a boasted gem of South Carolina's vivid history, biography, music, and tourism. I have lived in Rock Hill in the past, after
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  • Woodfield, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,526
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  • Ladson, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,776
  • Ladson is just outside of Charleston, and when I was a kid, it was a small town that had fairly affordable living for the area. It was always a place to live if you wanted less traffic and less of busy
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  • Centerville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,828
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  • Valley Falls, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,805
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  • Spartanburg, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,570
  • Spartanburg, South Carolina is a great little city to live in! After living there myself, I can safely say I love it! Spartanburg has plenty of great schools, restaurants, and things to do and see.
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  • Red Hill, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,251
  • Red Hill, South Carolina is a beautiful laid back city with dozens of local amenities and nearby family fun activities! With constant sunny weather, you and your family will definitely enjoy all the
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  • Lancaster, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,971

South Carolina: The Palmetto State

As one of the Thirteen Colonies responsible for the birth of the United States, South Carolina has a long history dating back to pre-Revolutionary War days. Since that time, its population has grown to over 5 million. Today, South Carolina is a state known for attracting new industries and businesses to its three distinct geographical areas.

South Carolina is a triangular shaped state. It is bordered by the states of North Carolina to the north and Georgia to the west. Its eastern border is the Atlantic Ocean. The capital city is Columbia. The state has 46 counties and 270 municipalities ranging from the very small to the largest which is the City of Columbia.

The regions of South Carolina are known as the Piedmont, the Midlands, and the Coastal regions. The Piedmont region stretches across the northwest part of the state and is home to cities such as Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, and Rock Hill. The area is known for its proximity to both Charlotte and Atlanta. Its higher elevations provide beautiful mountain views.

The Midlands area runs from the middle of South Carolina's Georgia border to the border of southeastern North Carolina. Although it is the smallest region, it is home to the capital city of Columbia. Columbia's central location makes it one of the best places in South Carolina. This area is also referred to as the Sandhills. This name refers to the sandy hills left behind when the sea waters receded towards what is now the coastline of South Carolina.

The region closet to the Atlantic Ocean is the Coastal region. This region is flat and is known for its agriculture. Further towards the coast, many communities are home to South Carolina's largest industry, tourism. The Grand Strand is the name given to beach communities such as Myrtle Beach and Pawley's Island. Further south lies the City of Charleston which has been included in US News & World Report Best Places lists in recent years.

One of the best things South Carolina offers is that you can be anywhere in the state in less than a day's drive. Live in the Piedmont and want to go to the beach? That's a trip that can be made in about six hours by car. If you live in Columbia, you can be just about anywhere in three hours due to Columbia's central location.

South Carolina's climate is a big draw for many. While it can get cold in the winter and ice and snow do occur, such times are infrequent and typically brief in duration. Summers range from warm to hot and the spring and fall seasons are usually very pleasant.

With a long history, the ability to attract businesses and industries, diverse regions, easy navigability, and a pleasant climate, South Carolina has some of the best places to live in the country. The cities mentioned can be a starting point for you. Let us know exactly what you're looking for and we'll help you determine what for you will be the best places to live in South Carolina.