South Carolina : What you need to know

South Carolina works because it’s a highly desirable place to live. A vibrant arts-and-culture scene, four distinct seasons and some of the nation’s best outdoor-recreation opportunities have created a lifestyle that draws and keeps business leaders and talent alike.

Beautiful parks, rivers and beaches give people living in South Carolina plenty of things to do. Barbecue restaurants, seafood festivals, historic attractions, museums and theaters create cultural connections. The state’s subtropical climate allows residents to enjoy outdoor activities throughout most of the year.

Best places to live in South Carolina include Charleston, Greenville and Rock Hill, where millennials are drawn by technology-driven, entrepreneurial economies.

The University of South Carolina and Clemson University anchor a standout higher education system. The state is an innovation destination, spawning new companies in such breakthrough fields as information technology, energy and biotechnology.

From the cars we drive, the parts that go in them and the tires that go on them, to the planes we fly and the products that make our homes more livable, South Carolina has fashioned a diverse and sophisticated manufacturing sector. BMW, Mercedes Benz, Michelin, Boeing, General Electric and Volvo Cars - set to open in 2018 in near Charleston - are just a handful of globally recognized names with major operations in the state.

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South Carolina Profile

Quick Facts

Population 4,777,576
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $45,483
Median Home Price $139,900
Median Property Tax $1,183
Median Rent $69

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.6%
  Unemployed 4.4%


  Ethnicity White 67.2%
  Ethnicity Black 27.5%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.4%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 5.3%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.3%
  Ethnicity Other 1.5%

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.6%
  Unemployed 4.4%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 16.5%
  Associate's Degree 8.9%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 9.3%
  High School Graduate 29.8%
  Some College, No Degree 21%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 25.8%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 85.6%


Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1%
Construction 6.4%
Manufacturing 13.8%
Wholesale Trade 2.7%
Retail Trade 12.2%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.6%
Information 1.8%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 5.8%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 9.6%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 21.7%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 10.5%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 5%
Public Administration 4.9%


  Homes Rent 68.6%
  Homes Owned 31.4%

South Carolina Rankings

Best places to Live in South Carolina
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Abbeville 5,197 $73,100 $20,440
Aiken 30,183 $175,200 $55,502
Alcolu 470 $152,300 $23,750
Allendale 3,261 $56,900 $21,918
Anderson 26,978 $125,000 $30,526
Andrews 2,842 $82,300 $31,173
Antreville 120 $88,100 $27,446
Arcadia 3,159 $71,700 $30,662
Arcadia Lakes 956 $282,500 $73,438
Arial 2,155 $94,500 $32,375
Atlantic Beach 285 $113,900 $20,000
Awendaw 1,415 $184,400 $38,500
Aynor 713 $131,900 $32,917
Bamberg 3,501 $75,000 $38,500
Barnwell 4,664 $93,400 $22,672
Batesburg-Leesville 5,251 $87,800 $28,750
Beaufort 12,839 $241,300 $42,630
Belton 4,247 $90,400 $31,778
Belvedere 5,706 $92,100 $39,381
Bennettsville 8,834 $79,000 $27,684