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Places With The Best Housing In South Carolina 2018

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  • 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
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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
82
  • Tega Cay, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,026
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  • Lake Murray of Richland, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,798
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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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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
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  • North Myrtle Beach, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,201
  • I moved to North Myrtle Beach in SC about two years ago. It was the best decision I ever made because I have always loved being at the beach. While this is part of the Myrtle Beach area, it's not as
80
  • 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
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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  • 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
82
  • Murrells Inlet, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,161
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Beaufort, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,074
  • And this town has thin skin. The only attraction to see is a tiny little downtown (Bay street) about five blocks long. That's where all the local shops are and just a few that are cutesy quaint and way
80
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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
76
  • Powdersville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,888
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  • 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
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  • Moncks Corner, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,300
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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
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  • 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
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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
75
  • Forestbrook, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,218
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  • Boiling Springs, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,945
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  • 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
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  • Little River, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,239
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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
63
  • Florence, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,221
  • Growing up in Florence, South Carolina is so peaceful that it can make you forget about the problems in the world. It is a beautiful city full of friendly residents. Even the poor areas are generally
70
  • 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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  • Lugoff, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,103
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  • Columbia, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 132,537
  • Ever since Gov. Pothole Nikki was elected the city streets have deteriorated. They are just now being repaired. The lights are timed horribly and it took me 15 minutes to go 2 blocks. Some are forced to
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  • 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
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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
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  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,106
  • We moved to SC eight years ago from the suburbs of Washington, DC. I never anticipated that I would miss living near a city so much, so this review is biased in the sense that I would prefer living
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  • Camden, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,017
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  • Centerville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,828
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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  • Sangaree, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,658
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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
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  • Conway, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,631
  • I moved to Conway after coming home from the military. As a child, the beach was always a distant trip because it was an hour from home and I didn't have a car, so I knew that I wanted to be near the sea
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  • Seneca, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,228
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  • York, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,989
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  • Fountain Inn, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,044

Housing is one of the most important factors when deciding where to live in South Carolina. Housing prices continue to rise, but there are still some deals to be had. When searching for a new home, you want to ensure that home prices in that area are appreciating, but you also need to ensure that the home prices will fit within you budget. AreaVibes used science and data to create a list of the best cities in South Carolina to buy a new home with a population over 5,000 people.

The cities listed above have been chosen as the best places to buy a new home in South Carolina as they have seen high appreciation rates combined with a solid income to home price affordability ratio. High appreciation rates are a good indicator that the home will continue to increase in value, while the affordability ratio ensure that homes in that area are affordable based on the median household income to home price ratio.

To further narrow your search results for the best places to purchase a new home in South Carolina, you can use the filters. Start by selecting cities and/or neighborhoods, city size based on population, categories (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment and weather) as well as home/rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your budget.