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COMPARE CITIES FOR South Carolina


Your comparison of city quality of life facts and figures for top South Carolina retirement cities is provided below. 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 (2010)
Population (Current) 58,409 37,099 129,272 71,497
Population (1990) 58,282 23,694 98,052 48,635
Land Area (sq mi) 29 41 132 36
Persons Per Square Mile 2,014 905 979 1,979
Home Prices
2013 $177,855 $435,173 $145,876 $345,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '13) 17.0% 18.9% 5.1% 43.0%
Annual Appreciation ('12 to '13) 2.0% 0.7% 0.0% 11.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '13) 1.3% 1.6% 0.4% 3.0%
Big City Prices ('13) $184,000 $228,000 $184,000 $251,000
Bargain Index 78% 154% 64% 137%
Big City Charlotte Charleston Charlotte na
Monthly Rent $1,021 $1,234 $1,084 $1,363
Price/Rent Index 11.7 23.7 9.0 17.0
Cost of Living (2013)
Cost of Living 79% 130% 73% 118%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2012)
Good/Moderate Days 97% 99% 98% 98%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 3% 1% 2% 2%
Unhealthy/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 80 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 (2009)
Accredited Hospitals 6 1 10 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2012 129 63 217 291
2011 66 44 199 164
Gain ('11 to '12) 95.5% 43.2% 9.0% 77.9%
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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 (2012-13)
Local and State 7.1% 7.1% 7.1% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 94 days 94 days 94 days 107 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 Low Moderate 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 (2001-2012)
Violent Crimes 101 na 112 38
Property Crimes 641 na 656 398
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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