Moving to South Carolina

Moving to South Carolina

South Carolina, the Palmetto State, is the Deep South’s smallest state but it is one of the biggest in history, culture and rich traditions. Some of the best places to live in South Carolina include cities on the coast as well as towns in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

 

When it comes to places to live in South Carolina, the choices are definitely multifaceted. From small family towns to coastal tourist attractions, the diversities are endless. Although, South Carolina had an unemployment rate that peaked in November 2009 at 11.9%, it is now at 7.5% (2013). In fact, compared to the number of people unemployed in December 2009 at 255,046, there are now 112,675 fewer people unemployed. It has a varied economy that is comprised of manufacturing, agriculture, professional services, tourism and various other types of jobs.

 

 

South Carolina is a heaven to many. It has a low cost of living (5.30% lower than the U.S. average), numerous festivals and events, amazing public transportation; a median home cost of $115,400, and public schools that have around 10.3 students per teacher. Additionally, the weather is hot and humid 4 to 5 months of the year and has reasonably mild temperatures in the winter. It is a gardeners dream and a great escape from colder climates.

 

 

If you know what you are looking for then you can probably find the ideal place to live. Here are just a few highlights of the best places to reside in South Carolina.

 

 

Goose Creek: A population of 38,579 (2012). Total crimes of 2,613 (40 % lower than SC average), a 90% high school graduation rate (23% higher), an average temperature of 79’, a median household income of $60,264 (54% higher) and a median housing value of $169,000. It was also awarded a $100,000 Recreational Trails Program grant to construct a new trail-head for hiking and biking. There are 1,000 linear feet (an 8-mile loop) of trail to explore. Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Naval Nuclear Power School and SPAWAR are located in Goose Creek. Additionally, the town has numerous historical markers, a great recreation department and small town character.

 

 

Mount Pleasant: Known as one of the safest places to live in South Carolina. It has a population of 71,875 (2012). Total crimes of 2,028 (53 % lower than SC average), a 94% high school graduation rate (29% higher), an average temperature of 76’, a median household income of $75,842 (94% higher) and a median housing value of $363,500. It is a pleasant commuter city that has an eight lane highway that traverses the Cooper River linking Mount Pleasant with Charleston. At the mouth of Cooper River is Patriot’s Point, a maritime and naval museum. It houses the museum ship of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. The quaint coastal town has numerous southern restaurants, boat charters and their crown jewel Memorial Waterfront Park. The park offers amazing views of Charleston Harbor, a 1,250-foot-long pier, the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion and the War Memorial.

 

 

Charleston: The oldest historic town in the state with a population of 125,583 (2012). Total crimes of 3,418 (21 % lower than SC average), a 84% high school graduation rate (15% higher), an average temperature of 78’, a median household income of $49,448 (26% higher) and a median housing value of $261,300.This charming city is the states manufacturing center and houses companies like Boeing, Cummins, WABCO, Volt and Aerotek. It is known for its well preserved architecture, rich history and amazing restaurant community.

 

 

Greenville: Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a population of 60,709 (2012). Total crimes of 6,736 (53 % higher than SC average), a 79% high school graduation rate (13% higher), an average temperature of 77’, a median household income of $40,291 (3% higher) and a median housing value of $183,500. A rejuvenated downtown rated amongst “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. It’s a city with charming shops, boutiques and marvelous restaurants. Plus it has first-rate museums, galleries and the unique Liberty Bridge. Moreover, it is an outdoor dream of beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers.

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