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A+ Clemson Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Clemson Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than South Carolina
991% less expensive than the US average
South Carolina
973% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Clemson cost of living
A Clemson Crime Total crime is 47% lower than South Carolina
Total crime
1,96429% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5129% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-40%Year over year crime is down
Clemson crime
D+ Clemson Employment Household income is 20% lower than South Carolina
Median household income
$37,46632% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,15719% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%42% lower than the US average
Clemson employment
D Clemson Housing Home value is 38% higher than South Carolina
Median home value
$197,5007% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$82913% lower than the US average
Home ownership
43%33% lower than the US average
Clemson real estate or Clemson rentals
A- Clemson Schools HS graduation rate is 16% higher than South Carolina
High school grad. rates
94%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
62%26% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Clemson K-12 schools or Clemson colleges

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Used to be a lot better

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 10,000 students" to the current 27,000 and on their way to 33,000, things went downhill fast. The university has expanded but refused to build dorms to house all those extra students, so the town is now overrun with off-campus dorms (read: charge-per-bed apartments). Traffic, as a result, has gotten ridiculous and the free city-wide bus service stops only at places students go (bars and apartments and the grocery stores). So we now have a town overrun with students, no residential public transit, and entertainment/food options that are geared directly to the kids (pizza, mexican, sub shops, fast food). The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts used to bring quality broadway shows into town but has fallen off considerably in the past couple of years, so even that advantage (if you can fight the traffic to get to campus) is gone.

All in all, this has gone from a town you'd encourage people to move into to a town you wonder how you can get out.
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Clemson, SC Living Will Make Anyone Happy!

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 family members have taken our advice and moved here over the last few years. Clemson is a great little town that has something for everyone. In my humble opinion, it is one of the best areas in South Carolina. We couldn't ask for better neighbors than the ones we have, and all of us share a love for and a pride in our great little town.

Part of what makes Clemson such a great place is the array of entertainment choices and fun things to do. We have the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Loose Change music venue, and one of my favorite spots: Sole on the Green for excellent Southern and barbecue food like none you've ever had before. There's also the Elkmont Trap and Cellar Pub for a cool drink and some great food, and Your Pie which has the best pizza, gelato, and beer anywhere!
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Source: The Clemson, SC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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