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    Top 25 Best Places to Live in South Carolina

    South Carolina’s natural beauty, attractions, festivals, thriving economy, and nearly perfect year-round weather makes it a great place to live. It is home to almost 5 million people, a number that keeps growing by the day. A recent study by United Van Lines shows that South Carolina continues to be in the top 5 most popular states for new residents.

    South Carolina’s major cities: Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville remain the best places to live in the state. Across its cities and towns, picked out the best places to live in South Carolina, in which 7 out of the top 25 were from Greenville County:

    25. Columbia
    24. Greer 
    23. Isle of Palms
    22. Simpsonville
    21. Taylors
    20. Hilton Head Island
    19. India Hook
    18. Charleston
    17. James Island
    16. Folly Beach
    15. Powdersville
    14. Mauldin
    13. Wade Hampton
    12. Sullivan’s Island
    11.  Lake Wylie
    10. Greenville
    9. Lexington
    8. Clemson
    7. Fort Mill
    6. Mount Pleasant
    5. Forest Acres
    4. Seven Oaks
    3. Irmo
    2. Tega Cay
    1. Five Forks

    Whether you are a first time home buyer, seasoned home buyer or relocating to South Carolina, there’s an ideal neighborhood for you. South Carolina has a variety of living options- each with its own merit.

    The 2019 Best Places to Live in South Carolina ranking is based on several key factors including location, the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and local amenities to measure the overall quality of an area.


    Greenville is located east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upstate South Carolina, a lush, rolling midpoint between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Set against the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville SC has stunning natural beauty combined with traditional southern charm. Greenville’s downtown area is one of America’s Best Downtowns. It is also named as one of the 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the US and is consistently ranked among the country’s top cities to do business and best places to live.

    Comparison to other similar-sized cities

    Comparison of the city of Greenville, SC to other similar cities

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