These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In South Carolina

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in South Carolina. And here they are:

  1. Tega Cay
  2. Mount Pleasant
  3. Hilton Head Island
  4. Mauldin
  5. Simpsonville
  6. Lexington
  7. Fort Mill
  8. James Island
  9. Goose Creek
  10. Port Royal

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In South Carolina

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Tega Cay


Population 2014: 8,224 Median Income: $114,294
Poverty Level: 1.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

2. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,379Median Income: $76,202
Poverty Level: 8.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

3. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,497Median Income: $68,437
Poverty Level: 10.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%

4. Mauldin


Population 2014: 23,985 Median Income: $56,619
Poverty Level: 6.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

5. Simpsonville

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Source: Producerrealty

Population: 19,219Median Income: $55,910
Poverty Level: 6.9%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

6. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,007Median Income: $61,166
Poverty Level: 10.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

7. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,068Median Income: $61,100
Poverty Level: 9.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

8. James Island

James Island, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,451Median Income: $62,301
Poverty Level: 8.4%
Unemployment Rate: 9.6%

9. Goose Creek

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,545Median Income: $62,107
Poverty Level: 10.1%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%

10. Port Royal

Port Royal, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,264Median Income: $46,643
Poverty Level: 11.7%
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Tega Cay and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In South Carolina

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Tega Cay $114,294 1.7% 6.9%
2 Mount Pleasant $76,202 8.3% 6.2%
3 Hilton Head Island $68,437 10.3% 5.9%
4 Mauldin $56,619 6.0% 6.6%
5 Simpsonville $55,910 6.9% 6.4%
6 Lexington $61,166 10.9% 5.4%
7 Fort Mill $61,100 9.2% 6.4%
8 James Island $62,301 8.4% 9.6%
9 Goose Creek $62,107 10.1% 9.3%
10 Port Royal $46,643 11.7% 4.9%
11 Irmo $55,829 14.1% 6.5%
12 North Augusta $50,771 10.2% 8.9%
13 Bluffton $64,217 11.9% 9.8%
14 Hanahan $49,871 13.2% 6.9%
15 Beaufort $46,915 17.2% 4.0%
16 Forest Acres $51,974 12.5% 9.4%
17 Aiken $53,489 15.5% 8.5%
18 Summerville $55,290 11.0% 10.7%
19 Charleston $52,971 19.5% 7.4%
20 Greer $44,111 15.3% 7.3%
21 Camden $47,962 18.4% 8.6%
22 North Myrtle Beach $45,780 16.3% 8.8%
23 Fountain Inn $46,989 8.4% 14.1%
24 Easley $40,453 13.3% 10.2%
25 Greenville $41,147 19.2% 9.7%
26 West Columbia $40,931 21.0% 8.9%
27 Cayce $43,186 25.9% 8.5%
28 Moncks Corner $44,828 16.3% 12.7%
29 Florence $43,007 18.6% 12.1%
30 Rock Hill $40,718 19.2% 11.5%
31 Columbia $41,454 23.7% 11.7%
32 North Charleston $39,446 20.0% 11.8%
33 Clover $45,668 17.4% 16.1%
34 Seneca $37,983 17.1% 13.9%
35 Myrtle Beach $37,064 23.4% 11.2%
36 Newberry $32,759 24.7% 10.0%
37 Sumter $39,072 17.5% 14.5%
38 York $37,423 23.0% 12.5%
39 Clemson $33,632 47.2% 7.6%
40 Laurens $27,449 20.6% 12.0%
41 Conway $35,479 33.1% 11.0%
42 Spartanburg $34,092 23.5% 13.7%
43 Gaffney $29,943 25.4% 13.4%
44 Anderson $28,987 26.2% 12.1%
45 Bennettsville $24,511 31.6% 11.3%
46 Clinton $28,268 36.2% 12.5%
47 Union $26,689 23.2% 16.8%
48 Georgetown $26,364 29.8% 13.6%
49 Lancaster $29,602 29.5% 15.5%
50 Orangeburg $28,967 30.4% 14.5%
51 Dillon $26,882 35.9% 13.4%
52 Hartsville $29,276 28.1% 19.4%
53 Central $24,581 44.4% 12.1%
54 Walterboro $24,120 32.9% 13.3%
55 Lake City $29,431 28.4% 24.3%
56 Greenwood $24,760 31.8% 14.9%
57 Batesburg-Leesville $26,797 32.7% 20.7%
58 Cheraw $22,779 36.7% 15.4%
59 Darlington $25,966 34.6% 24.4%
60 Chester $22,639 32.2% 22.2%
61 Abbeville $19,869 37.5% 17.3%
62 Marion $21,687 39.7% 25.3%