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COMPARE CITIES FOR South Carolina

Compare city quality of life facts and figures for three of the best places to retire in South Carolina. Use the drop down box to make another state comparison.






South Carolina Cities
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City Type
City Type Lakes & Rivers, Mountains, College Town East Coast, Golf College Town, Lakes & Rivers, State Capital na
Population (2013 est.)
Population (Current) 61,397 39,412 133,358 74,624
Population (1990) 58,282 23,694 98,052 48,635
Land Area (sq mi) 29 41 132 36
Persons Per Square Mile 2,117 961 1,010 2,065
Home Prices
2015 $181,838 $412,361 $161,524 $361,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '15) 19.6% 12.7% 16.3% 50.0%
Annual Appreciation ('14 to '15) -3.6% -0.7% 10.7% 2.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '15) 1.3% 0.9% 1.1% 3.4%
Big City Prices ('15) $203,000 $243,000 $203,000 $281,000
Bargain Index 72% 137% 64% 128%
Big City Charlotte Charleston Charlotte na
Monthly Rent $962 $1,192 $1,026 $1,336
Price/Rent Index 12.7 23.2 10.6 18.1
Cost of Living (2015-16)
Cost of Living 76% 109% 75% 110%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2014)
Good Days 47% 60% 46% 71%
Moderate Days 51% 38% 50% 26%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 3% 1% 5% 3%
Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 2%
Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2010)
Good 40% 39% 45% 37%
Threatened 0% 0% 0% 2%
Impaired 60% 61% 55% 60%
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 103 miles 178 miles 93 miles 72 miles
City Charlotte Jacksonville Charlotte na
Recreation
National Parks 9 5 5 7
National Campgrounds 74 3 21 26
State Parks 10 1 7 11
Medical Care (2016)
Accredited Hospitals 9 2 11 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2014 187 146 204 309
2013 187 161 179 295
Gain ('13 to '14) 0% -9% 14% 4%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 35 51 28 37
White 64.0% 82.9% 51.7% 80.7%
Black or African American 30.0% 7.5% 42.2% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3% 0.2% 0.3% 0.8%
Asian 1.4% 0.9% 2.2% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Other Race 2.5% 7.3% 1.5% 4.4%
Multiple Races 1.8% 1.2% 2.0% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 5.9% 15.8% 4.3% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $57,933 $86,039 $55,220 $69,596
Occupied Housing 87% 50% 87% 83%
Vacant Housing 13% 50% 13% 17%
Home Ownership 45% 73% 47% 55%
Persons Per Family 2.90 2.70 2.90 2.90
Taxes (2016)
Local and State 7.2% 7.2% 7.2% 6.9%
Local, State and Federal 102 days 102 days 102 days 113 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Temperate & Humid Temperate & Humid Warm & Humid Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 31 F 37 F 37 F 27 F
July High Temp 89 F 88 F 95 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 50 in 53 in 47 in 35 in
Elevation 957 ft 15 ft 242 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Moderate Higher Higher Moderate
Earthquake 1% 1% 1% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 20-40 >60 20-40 10
Flood Low High High Very High
Tornado Low Low Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Wildfire Low High High Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 5 2 0 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2014)
Violent Crimes 97 na 105 38
Property Crimes 619 na 642 392
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 3,272 2,110 2,044 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 1,526 2,012 2,475 1,253
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