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Best Places To Live In South Carolina 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score87
  • 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 information. …[read more]
86
  • 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…[read more]
85
  • Mount Pleasant, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 77,907
  • It is a great place, (mt p), no doubt about it., but I will say I laugh a bit at the folks claiming all the great restaurants in town .. Perhaps that's all the soccer moms wanting a great selection of…[read more]
85
  • 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…[read more]
83
  • Fort Mill, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,181
  • I like everyone else moved to Charlotte because of the booming economy, warm weather and great cost of living. One of my first jobs was in Fort Mill so I was able to meet the community at large. Let me…[read more]
83
  • 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…[read more]
83
  • Lake Murray of Richland, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,798
83
  • Tega Cay, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,026
81
  • James Island, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,844
  • There are a few neighborhoods in this area and some are very nice, while others are not. For example, the Deerwood development is lovely and managed well. However, the James Island neighborhood is not…[read more]
80
  • Lexington, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,315
  • You have to living here for over a year I cannot say I hate the town but can't say I like it either. At first you look at it and fall in love with the quaintness of it. Then you see that southern…[read more]
79
  • 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…[read more]
79
  • 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…[read more]
79
  • 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…[read more]
78
  • 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…[read more]
78
  • Bluffton, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,765
  • Are to looking to visit on vacation? Then your options include bed-bug ridden hellhole motels, poorly constructed townhomes next to trailers bought by out of state investors or a mediocre resort that'll…[read more]
78
  • Murrells Inlet, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,161
77
  • Garden City, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,456
77
  • 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…[read more]
77
  • Clemson, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,008
  • I've lived in Clemson since I was a student here in the late 1970s and I can honestly say it used to be a great bedroom community to live in. But once the university went from "we will never exceed…[read more]
77
  • Fountain Inn, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,044
76
  • 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…[read more]
76
  • Boiling Springs, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,945
75
  • 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…[read more]
75
  • Little River, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,239
74
  • Charleston, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 129,888
  • This place is a high crime/low income nightmare. they have no attractions, no shopping malls, no entertainment. The crime goes mostly unreported. We have had at least 9 shootings near our home in "the…[read more]
74
  • Clover, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,593
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…[read more]
74
  • Aiken, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,403
  • The large (2100 acres) urban forest Hitchcock Woods is smack in the middle of Aiken. Hitchcock Woods is owned by the Hitchcock Woods Foundation, a very well-funded non-profit organization managed by a…[read more]
74
  • 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. …[read more]
74
  • 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…[read more]
74
  • 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…[read more]
74
  • 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…[read more]
73
  • 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…[read more]
72
  • 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…[read more]
72
  • Powdersville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,888
72
  • 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…[read more]
71
  • Sangaree, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,658
70
  • 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…[read more]
70
  • 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…[read more]
70
  • 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…[read more]
69
  • 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…[read more]
69
  • Lugoff, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,103
68
  • Forestbrook, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,218
68
  • Central, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,187
68
  • 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…[read more]
67
  • Camden, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,017
67
  • Anderson, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,206
  • I have lived and worked in Anderson on and off since 2007 so I feel confident in my review. That being said, here it is: there are some nice, quiet areas but those are often punctuated by horrible areas…[read more]
67
  • Woodfield, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,526
66
  • Burton, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,648
66
  • Seneca, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,228

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.