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Top 25 Best Places to Live in South Carolina

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, Niche.com picked out the best places to live in South Carolina, in which 6 out of the top 25 were from Greenville County.

Click the name to see the population, median home price and rent, median household income, and the cost of living for each city and town.

25. Charleston

Quick Facts:

Population: 137,566 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $308,100 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $1,208 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $64,599 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 111.5 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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24. Cayce

Quick Facts:

Population: 14,009 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $127,400 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $923 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $50,545 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 81.1 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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23. Mauldin

Quick Facts:

Population: 25,409 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $154,400 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $975 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $65,737 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 88 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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22. James Island

Quick Facts:

Population: 12,109 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $272,000 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $1,290 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $78,688 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 111.6 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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21. Simpsonville

Quick Facts:

Population: 24,221 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $164,100 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $997 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $67,456 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 96.4 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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20. Taylors

Quick Facts:

Population: 21,617 (2010 Census)
Median Home Price: $155,300 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $839 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $55,101 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 90.5 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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19. Isle of Palms

Quick Facts:

Population: 4,360 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $809,600
Median Gross Rent: $1,898
Median Household Income: $79,353
Cost of Living: 179.8 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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18. Blythewood

Quick Facts:

Population: 3,148 (2018 Census)
Median Home Price: $236,800
Median Gross Rent: $1,348
Median Household Income: $89,028
Cost of Living: 100.6 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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17. Greenville

Quick Facts:

Population: 70,635 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $273,100 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $937 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $53,571 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 89.8 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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16. Wade Hampton

Quick Facts:

Population: 20,622 (2010 census)
Median Home Price: $244,400
Median Gross Rent: $1,086
Median Household Income: $45,993
Cost of Living: 98.2 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

15. India Hook

Quick Facts:

Population: 2,051 (2010 census)
Median Home Price: $185,700
Median Gross Rent: $1,121
Median Household Income: $66,438
Cost of Living: 91.4 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

14. Seven Oaks

Quick Facts:

Population: 15,144 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $141,800 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $896 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $53,891 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 87.9 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

13. Sullivan’s Island

Quick Facts:

Population: 1,791 (2010 Census)
Median Home Price: $1,797,100
Median Gross Rent: $1,898
Median Household Income: $110,870
Cost of Living: 309.2 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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12. Powdersville

Quick Facts:

Population: 7,618 (2010 census)
Median Home Price: $174,800 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $792 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $61,967 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 95.2 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

11. Reidville

Quick Facts:

Population: 678 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $243,318 (2019)
Median Gross Rent: $800 (2019)
Median Household Income: $102,441 (2019)
Cost of Living: 82.4 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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10. Lake Wylie

Quick Facts:

Population: 8,841 (2010 census)
Median Home Price: $316,400 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $1,159 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $87,750 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 94.3 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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9. Clemson

Quick Facts:

Population: 17,501 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $228,100 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $923 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $42,021 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 93.5 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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8. Lexington

Quick Facts:

Population: 22,157 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $183,300 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $1,063 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $68,219 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 91.2 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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7. Mount Pleasant

Quick Facts:

Population: 91,684 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $441,600 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $1,533 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $97,176 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 128.9 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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6. Irmo

Quick Facts:

Population: 12,483 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $124,900 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $1,149 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $63,713 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 91.0 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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5. Five Forks

Quick Facts:

Population: 14,140 (2010 census)
Median Home Price: $291,800 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $1,454 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $104,237 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 98.5 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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4. Fort Mill

Quick Facts:

Population: 22,284 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $259,900 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $928 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $81,401 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 106.1 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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3. Riverview

Quick Facts:

Population: 1,112 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $179,661 (2019)
Median Gross Rent: $953 (2019)
Median Household Income: $113,185 (2019)
Cost of Living: 89.7 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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2. Tega Cay

Quick Facts:

Population: 11,335 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $316,500 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $1,545 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $123,564 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 115.4 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

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1. Forest Acres

Quick Facts:

Population: 10,298 (2019 Estimates)
Median Home Price: $186,700 (2014-2018)
Median Gross Rent: $922 (2014-2018)
Median Household Income: $64,926 (2014-2018)
Cost of Living: 93.6 compared to the South Carolina average of 88.5.

Learn more about Forest Acres

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 2021 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.

Click here to learn more information about why Greenville is a nice place to live.

Comparison to other similar-sized cities

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

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Sources:
Niche.com
Census.gov

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