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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 loaded with  things to do , four distinct seasons and some of the nation’s best beaches  and outdoor-recreation opportunities have created a lifestyle that draws and keeps business leaders and talent alike. The state’s subtropical climate allows residents to enjoy outdoor activities throughout most of the year.

The 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. BMW, Boeing and General Electric among the leading companies that have helped South Carolina has fashion a diverse and sophisticated manufacturing sector. 

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Quick Facts about SC

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 in SC

  Employed 95.6%
  Unemployed 4.4%

Race in SC

  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 in SC

  Employed 95.6%
  Unemployed 4.4%

Educational Levels in SC

  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%

Industry in SC

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%

Housing in SC

  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
Columbia 131,958 $162,200 $41,260
Charleston 127,694 $255,600 $55,546
North Charleston 104,146 $141,400 $39,543
Mount Pleasant 74,952 $372,000 $77,638
Rock Hill 69,196 $129,200 $40,396
Greenville 61,734 $221,800 $41,924
Summerville 46,200 $181,300 $55,476
Sumter 40,851 $133,800 $38,808
Goose Creek 39,408 $167,400 $61,122
Hilton Head Island 39,071 $434,900 $66,646
Florence 38,000 $153,700 $42,853
Spartanburg 37,465 $121,000 $35,126
Aiken 30,183 $175,200 $55,502
Myrtle Beach 29,198 $171,600 $36,514
Greer 27,186 $143,800 $44,455
Anderson 26,978 $125,000 $30,526
Mauldin 24,396 $153,600 $59,960
Greenwood 23,254 $87,800 $24,593
Taylors 22,475 $138,400 $49,283
North Augusta 22,037 $150,600 $50,028