These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In South Carolina

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in South Carolina works hard, there’s a certain part of the Palmetto State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in South Carolina .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Tega Cay which takes top honors for the hardest working place in South Carolina. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in South Carolina for a promotion:

  1. Tega Cay
  2. Port Royal
  3. Mount Pleasant
  4. Beaufort
  5. Irmo
  6. Simpsonville
  7. Lexington
  8. Mauldin
  9. Goose Creek
  10. Charleston

So listen up Abbeville as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Palmetto State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 62 places in South Carolina, we ranked each place from 1 to 62 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In South Carolina”. And, at the end of the day, Tega Cay had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Tega Cay


Population: 8,224 College Graduates: 60.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Port Royal

Port Royal, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,264College Graduates: 29.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 47.8
Workers Per Household: 2.6

3. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,379College Graduates: 58.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.3
Workers Per Household: 1.4

4. Beaufort

Beaufort, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,702College Graduates: 39.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

5. Irmo

Irmo, South Carolina

Source: WordPress

Population: 11,518College Graduates: 36.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Simpsonville

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Source: Producerrealty

Population: 19,219College Graduates: 28.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,007College Graduates: 40.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.7
Workers Per Household: 1.3

8. Mauldin


Population: 23,985 College Graduates: 34.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.4

9. Goose Creek

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,545College Graduates: 25.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

10. Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,458College Graduates: 49.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.2
Workers Per Household: 1.3

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In South Carolina

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Tega Cay 1 8,224 60.5% 41.1 1.5
Port Royal 2 11,264 29.7% 47.8 2.6
Mount Pleasant 3 72,379 58.4% 40.3 1.4
Beaufort 4 12,702 39.4% 38.3 1.5
Irmo 5 11,518 36.8% 38.1 1.5
Simpsonville 6 19,219 28.4% 39.7 1.5
Lexington 7 19,007 40.9% 40.7 1.3
Mauldin 8 23,985 34.6% 39.9 1.4
Goose Creek 9 38,545 25.9% 42.7 1.6
Charleston 10 125,458 49.2% 39.2 1.3
Greer 11 26,626 30.2% 39.0 1.4
Bluffton 12 13,979 29.4% 38.8 1.7
Fort Mill 13 12,068 32.9% 40.2 1.3
Hanahan 14 18,999 25.6% 39.8 1.4
Columbia 15 131,331 40.1% 37.3 1.6
Summerville 16 44,717 30.8% 39.4 1.4
James Island 17 11,451 38.0% 39.5 1.2
North Augusta 18 21,832 32.4% 39.8 1.2
Clemson 19 14,254 65.4% 32.7 1.2
Greenville 20 60,670 41.5% 38.2 1.3
Hilton Head Island 21 38,497 47.2% 38.3 1.1
Cayce 22 12,944 26.7% 37.0 1.3
Rock Hill 23 68,185 27.9% 37.4 1.4
Camden 24 6,931 34.7% 40.4 1.1
Forest Acres 25 10,533 56.1% 38.3 1.1
Central 26 5,170 33.2% 34.2 1.4
West Columbia 27 15,623 32.6% 38.1 1.2
North Charleston 28 102,143 19.6% 38.7 1.5
Florence 29 37,512 29.3% 38.6 1.3
Myrtle Beach 30 28,455 27.8% 38.1 1.3
Aiken 31 29,980 43.1% 37.3 1.1
Conway 32 18,645 23.7% 34.8 1.3
Newberry 33 10,259 23.6% 37.6 1.2
Easley 34 20,242 23.5% 38.5 1.2
North Myrtle Beach 35 14,485 32.6% 39.0 0.9
Moncks Corner 36 8,711 11.4% 40.0 1.4
Fountain Inn 37 8,031 19.9% 38.5 1.3
Clinton 38 8,525 17.0% 34.4 1.4
Sumter 39 40,819 25.3% 39.6 1.2
Clover 40 5,321 14.5% 39.6 1.3
York 41 7,913 14.2% 38.9 1.2
Orangeburg 42 13,790 30.1% 36.5 1.1
Spartanburg 43 37,216 27.4% 36.9 1.1
Seneca 44 8,147 25.6% 38.6 1.1
Laurens 45 9,136 18.0% 38.0 1.1
Greenwood 46 23,296 18.9% 36.8 1.2
Anderson 47 26,798 20.6% 35.8 1.1
Georgetown 48 9,110 17.2% 38.3 1.1
Gaffney 49 12,565 20.0% 36.1 1.1
Lancaster 50 8,801 17.1% 36.7 1.2
Bennettsville 51 8,928 13.8% 38.3 1.0
Union 52 8,191 21.9% 39.1 1.0
Walterboro 53 5,339 19.3% 34.6 1.0
Darlington 54 6,232 21.3% 38.1 1.1
Hartsville 55 7,857 28.5% 36.9 0.9
Marion 56 6,833 16.2% 40.2 1.1
Batesburg-Leesville 57 5,242 15.7% 39.5 1.1
Chester 58 5,543 17.4% 37.0 1.0
Dillon 59 6,731 8.7% 38.0 0.9
Lake City 60 6,720 14.2% 39.0 1.0
Cheraw 61 5,809 17.7% 33.8 0.8
Abbeville 62 5,207 13.3% 35.3 0.9