The cream of the crop in the Palmetto State.
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Palmetto State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in South Carolina.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 61 places in South Carolina, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Mount Pleasant
- Tega Cay
- James Island
- Forest Acres
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in South Carolina.
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Columbia with a population of 132,537 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,200
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,200
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 61 cities, 143 towns, and 157 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,200 people to truly be ‘the best’.
How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In South Carolina
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in South Carolina across a number of criteria from one to 61, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In South Carolina”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
- Population: 129,888
- Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
- Home Values: $269,400 (4th best)
- Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (13th best)
Charleston is one of the greatest places to be in South Carolina.
Being in the top 25% for unemployment, education, and crime index all help to keep Charleston from acquiring any kind of inferiority complex.
That, and the fact that Charleston is largest town in the top ten.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications start to call Charleston one of America’s gems for 2018.