These Are The 10 Happiest Places In South Carolina

We analyzed over 92 places in South Carolina to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in South Carolina have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which South Carolina places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Five Forks, the happiest place in South Carolina.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Palmetto State”:

  1. Five Forks
  2. Mount Pleasant
  3. Tega Cay
  4. Boiling Springs
  5. Centerville
  6. Mauldin
  7. Simpsonville
  8. Forest Acres
  9. Oak Grove
  10. Fort Mill
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Palmetto State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 92 places in South Carolina with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 92 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In South Carolina”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in South Carolina ranked. Our apologies to Wade Hampton which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Five Forks


Population: 16,173 People Who Own Their Home: 88.7%
Married Adults: 68.3%

2. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,379People Who Own Their Home: 66.9%
Married Adults: 56.2%

3. Tega Cay


Population: 8,224 People Who Own Their Home: 89.3%
Married Adults: 70.5%

4. Boiling Springs


Population: 8,542 People Who Own Their Home: 71.1%
Married Adults: 58.7%

5. Centerville


Population: 6,749 People Who Own Their Home: 76.2%
Married Adults: 57.0%

6. Mauldin


Population: 23,985 People Who Own Their Home: 60.7%
Married Adults: 47.9%

7. Simpsonville

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Source: Producerrealty

Population: 19,219People Who Own Their Home: 59.2%
Married Adults: 56.1%

8. Forest Acres

Forest Acres, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,533People Who Own Their Home: 61.0%
Married Adults: 45.3%

9. Oak Grove


Population: 10,344 People Who Own Their Home: 64.6%
Married Adults: 50.2%

10. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,068People Who Own Their Home: 58.7%
Married Adults: 56.8%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In South Carolina

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Five Forks 1 16,173 88.7% 68.3%
Mount Pleasant 2 72,379 66.9% 56.2%
Tega Cay 3 8,224 89.3% 70.5%
Boiling Springs 4 8,542 71.1% 58.7%
Centerville 5 6,749 76.2% 57.0%
Mauldin 6 23,985 60.7% 47.9%
Simpsonville 7 19,219 59.2% 56.1%
Forest Acres 8 10,533 61.0% 45.3%
Oak Grove 9 10,344 64.6% 50.2%
Fort Mill 10 12,068 58.7% 56.8%
Wade Hampton 11 19,586 56.3% 50.3%
Goose Creek 12 38,545 60.7% 53.6%
Lake Wylie 13 9,640 68.4% 62.1%
Powdersville 14 7,513 70.9% 54.7%
North Augusta 15 21,832 60.1% 49.0%
Lexington 16 19,007 55.3% 50.4%
Seven Oaks 17 15,906 53.0% 44.7%
Irmo 18 11,518 73.9% 47.7%
Aiken 19 29,980 59.6% 45.9%
Hilton Head Island 20 38,497 36.2% 58.8%
Fountain Inn 21 8,031 62.9% 47.9%
Taylors 22 23,490 64.7% 49.2%
Beaufort 23 12,702 43.4% 47.5%
Port Royal 24 11,264 29.8% 32.2%
Laurel Bay 25 6,404 16.4% 68.4%
Murrells Inlet 26 8,027 58.8% 58.8%
Lugoff 27 8,039 72.0% 51.9%
Little River 28 9,273 46.7% 51.2%
Red Bank 29 9,128 75.0% 51.5%
Summerville 30 44,717 58.4% 51.0%
Greer 31 26,626 52.5% 44.7%
Hanahan 32 18,999 54.6% 48.4%
Camden 33 6,931 59.1% 47.0%
Florence 34 37,512 51.7% 42.8%
Garden City 35 8,824 35.7% 52.5%
Easley 36 20,242 57.5% 49.4%
Bluffton 37 13,979 61.4% 53.5%
Cayce 38 12,944 57.0% 38.5%
Sangaree 39 8,782 65.1% 45.7%
Charleston 40 125,458 45.9% 38.9%
Red Hill 41 14,565 57.8% 45.2%
Ladson 42 15,369 66.4% 48.6%
North Myrtle Beach 43 14,485 19.0% 52.8%
Seneca 44 8,147 53.0% 39.6%
Clemson 45 14,254 36.6% 32.4%
Sumter 46 40,819 43.9% 40.8%
West Columbia 47 15,623 48.2% 40.0%
Greenville 48 60,670 37.6% 37.2%
Belvedere 49 5,504 73.5% 43.2%
Newberry 50 10,259 39.6% 32.3%
Gaffney 51 12,565 45.5% 31.6%
Burton 52 6,173 50.6% 46.8%
Columbia 53 131,331 39.3% 28.8%
Socastee 54 20,496 47.3% 45.2%
Woodfield 55 9,484 46.6% 38.5%
Piedmont 56 5,396 58.7% 50.7%
Clover 57 5,321 54.6% 49.4%
Moncks Corner 58 8,711 60.0% 46.2%
Conway 59 18,645 48.9% 35.4%
Rock Hill 60 68,185 45.3% 39.6%
Spartanburg 61 37,216 42.3% 33.9%
Anderson 62 26,798 42.3% 37.3%
Georgetown 63 9,110 48.1% 40.8%
Union 64 8,191 45.8% 37.1%
Myrtle Beach 65 28,455 27.1% 42.3%
Welcome 66 5,972 55.1% 36.7%
Valley Falls 67 5,886 38.1% 36.2%
Berea 68 14,230 53.4% 42.6%
Dentsville 69 14,122 30.2% 29.0%
Laurens 70 9,136 45.4% 39.4%
Hartsville 71 7,857 41.4% 32.1%
Batesburg-Leesville 72 5,242 52.4% 42.4%
York 73 7,913 44.0% 38.9%
Central 74 5,170 17.0% 21.5%
Bennettsville 75 8,928 39.6% 28.7%
Abbeville 76 5,207 56.6% 36.8%
North Charleston 77 102,143 39.8% 37.8%
Clinton 78 8,525 36.5% 22.8%
Lake City 79 6,720 44.6% 38.6%
Cheraw 80 5,809 35.7% 33.4%
Sans Souci 81 7,743 41.1% 43.7%
Homeland Park 82 6,574 49.4% 40.0%
Gantt 83 14,630 44.5% 36.3%
Darlington 84 6,232 43.0% 38.8%
Orangeburg 85 13,790 36.6% 26.0%
Dillon 86 6,731 42.1% 42.9%
Greenwood 87 23,296 38.6% 28.9%
Parker 88 11,987 43.1% 41.0%
Walterboro 89 5,339 41.1% 22.8%
Lancaster 90 8,801 40.1% 31.3%
Chester 91 5,543 43.3% 25.8%
Marion 92 6,833 38.9% 33.0%

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