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A+ Mount Pleasant Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Mount Pleasant Cost of Living Cost of living is 36% higher than South Carolina
Mount Pleasant
12828% more expensive than the US average
South Carolina
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Mount Pleasant cost of living
A- Mount Pleasant Crime Total crime is 57% lower than South Carolina
Total crime
1,51441% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6741% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-18%Year over year crime is down
Mount Pleasant crime
B+ Mount Pleasant Employment Household income is 78% higher than South Carolina
Median household income
$83,49051% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$46,62256% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%33% lower than the US average
Mount Pleasant employment
D+ Mount Pleasant Housing Home value is 174% higher than South Carolina
Median home value
$393,800113% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,40348% higher than the US average
Home ownership
69%9% higher than the US average
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A+ Mount Pleasant Schools HS graduation rate is 18% higher than South Carolina
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
69%41% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:123% higher than the US average
Mount Pleasant K-12 schools

Living in Mount Pleasant, SC

Located in the state of South Carolina, Mount Pleasant is a moderately-sized city with a population of 77,907 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Mount Pleasant is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 84% of the population considered married and 55% with kids under the age of 18, Mount Pleasant could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Mount Pleasant is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in South Carolina, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Mount Pleasant and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Mount Pleasant to South Carolina and the national average.

Mount Pleasant has a livability score of 82 out of 100 and is ranked #8 in South Carolina and #1,137 in the USA. Compared to the US average, Mount Pleasant ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Another exciting tidbit, is that Mount Pleasant ranks better than 90% of all US cities! For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Mount Pleasant ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A), weather (B+), education (A+) and employment (B+). On a less positive note, Mount Pleasant does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Mount Pleasant on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Boone Hall Plantation, and Thriller Charleston - High Speed Tour Boat.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Mount Pleasant has a violent crime rate of 189 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Mount Pleasant have a test score average of 69%, which is well above the US average.

Mount Pleasant real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Mount Pleasant. The median home price for Mount Pleasant homes is $393,800, which is 174.2% higher than the South Carolina average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Mount Pleasant, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 51.6% 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 Mount Pleasant were 5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.2%.

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Compare Mount Pleasant, SC Livability To Other Cities

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Love it here, but not perfect, especially regarding the restaurants ...

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 drive-thrus ! So If you want generic, corporate/chain, fast food, etc, , Absolutely (3 taco bells, 3 chick-fil-a's), yes it's all here in MT P .. But very very few mom-and-pop, eclectic, places.. Hardly any ethnic food.. Here we are in the south with all the great BBQ and there's hardly a thing. Go to Greenville and there's an easy dozen of them . . Many of us locals, (20 years) believe it's because of the crazy high cost of property (rents), etc. Mom and pop can't afford it.. That's a real shame too. Wasn't like that 15 or so years ago, but folks can't afford to run their businesses any more.. It's a bit sad that other similar sized cities in the Carolinas are more 'foodie' heaven, but MT Pleasant is not !! It would be so great if Mt Pleasant had the same food scene as say Asheville, then perhaps we could call this Mt Perfect ...
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Great place to live

My wife and I just love living in Mt. Pleasant. We've been here for a year now and cannot imagine living anywhere else. The city is simply beautiful. Even the parking lots at all of the various stores are pretty. Town Centre is the big shopping area. I come from Minnesota where exists the Mall of America where everything is under one roof (which it has to be as winter lasts nearly 6 months!) but Town Centre has that and more in a large and beautiful, open air shopping experience.
There are several sections of the city that have there own particular personality. Along the harbor resides Patriots Point where you can tour the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, play the links at Patriots Point Links, and stroll the Pitt Street Bridge in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant. Near Patriots Point is the Shem Creek area where fisherman bring their catch into the marina and feed the several beautiful restaurants that sit next to the creek. To the north lies Belle Hall, a pleasant living area full of amenities. To the south and east, just outside of the city is Sullivan's Island, a rather laid back and somewhat eclectic beach island. To the north and east is Town Centre which is located near the Isle of Palms (IOP) Connector which will take you to the very family friendly IOP beach in a couple of minutes.
There is never a lack of things to do in this wonderful city. I only wish I had come here to live years ago.
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Mount Perfect, SC

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 restaurants. If you are looking for the ideal place to raise a family, then look no further than MT. P. Yes, traffic can be an issue on Hwy. 17 during rush hour, but all-in-all it's a great quality of life!
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A safe place to raise a family

We have lived in Mount Pleasant for 5 years. We really like it. The crime rate is low, and there are very few places which feel unsafe. The schools here are superb, with experienced and caring teachers and principals. It is a bit expensive to live here, but we feel that it is worth the extra money for the safety, convenience to shopping and restaurants, easy beach access, and great schools. Our favorite family activities include going to the Charleston County Parks (including the water parks in the summer), going to Blackbeards Cove (which offers inexpensive annual passes), and going to the beach. The recreation centers in Mount Pleasant and on Isle of Palms offer great programs for children. There is also a fenced dog park in Park West. Mount Pleasant is just outside of Charleston, so it is a short drive to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry and the Aquarium. The best restaurants are located in downtown Charleston. My favorite is Slightly North of Broad. Also, Mount Pleasant is very close to James Island, which holds the fabulous annual Festival of Lights.
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Why Mount Pleasant, SC Is The Perfect City For Me

I moved to Mount Pleasant from the small town of a small state called Coventry, Rhode Island. Growing up in Rhode Island has not exactly prepared me for life in the south, but in a way I am grateful for the exciting surprises I seem to often encounter even after living here for two years. First of all, the people are a lot friendlier and less rushed. I remember northerners always made life more hectic than it ever had to be, but people in the south seem to be a little less stressed. This relaxed environment is perfect for my personality.

One of my favorite things about living in South Carolina has to be the many museums and historical sites. I consider myself something of a history buff, so I am always trying to convince friends to come with me to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. You can walk through old WWII vessels and see what that time was really like. There is also the Patriots Point Links which is great if you are a golfer, and I certainly am. The course is beautiful and I absolutely love the model rocket out front. Again, I love history and that stuff is right up my alley. Aside from all the great museums I do fairly enjoy dining in Mount Pleasant, though it is not my favorite. I still have my roots in New England food and have a tough time changing that fact.

I definitely recommend Mount Pleasant to anyone looking for a friendly and laid back city that makes you proud to be an American. From the links to the history, Mount Pleasant has become my home and will continue to be my home for years to come. Nothing against little Coventry, Rhode Island, but I would never move back after experiencing South Carolina. Even the weather is better. No more frigid northern winters that last longer than the summers. Mount Pleasant is exactly where I want to be right now, and I can't imagine living anywhere else.
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Source: The Mount Pleasant, SC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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