The 10 Most Successful Cities And Towns In South Carolina For 2019

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Zippia has announced its most successful cities in South Carolina for 2019.

Each year, Zippia, the career expert site, ranks the most successful cities in each state, based on a variety of factors. These reports have been cited and referenced by leading news publications such as CNN, USA Today and Forbes.

This year’s list had a few repeats from last year’s list, but as local economies change, so do the cities.

We choose criteria that are indicative of a successful place — residents with lots of education, high earnings, and jobs.

With that in mind, here are the 10 most successful cities in South Carolina for 2019:

  1. Five Forks
  2. Mount Pleasant
  3. James Island
  4. Forest Acres
  5. Bluffton
  6. Hilton Head Island
  7. Lexington
  8. Charleston
  9. Fort Mill
  10. Lake Wylie

And the 10 most successful towns in South Carolina:

  1. Tega Cay
  2. Boiling Springs
  3. Powdersville
  4. Lake Murray Of Richland
  5. Hollywood
  6. Hardeeville
  7. Little River
  8. Camden
  9. Lugoff
  10. Murrells Inlet

How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In South Carolina

We looked at this set of criteria from the 2012-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Percent of adults with at least a college degree

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how wealthy a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become successful. And finally, if people are highly educated, the brighter (and more successful) that place’s future looks.

We broke down the data into two cohorts — cities over 10,000 people and towns under 10,000 people (but above 5,000).

That left 52 cities and 45 towns.

We then ranked each place across a each criteria from best to worst.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Success Score” with the place having the lowest overall Success Score crowned the “Most Successful City in South Carolina.”

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each of our top 20 cities so successful, starting with our winner, Five Forks, SC.

The 10 Most Successful Cities In South Carolina

1. Five Forks

, South Carolina

Source: Public Domain

Population: 17,500
Median Household Income: $109,781
Highly Educated Adults: 61.6%

2. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, SC

Source: Wikipedia User | GFDL

Population: 80,661
Median Household Income: $90,454
Highly Educated Adults: 60.5%

3. James Island

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,908
Median Household Income: $75,345
Highly Educated Adults: 44.9%

4. Forest Acres

Forest Acres, SC

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,466
Median Household Income: $62,008
Highly Educated Adults: 58.0%

5. Bluffton

Bluffton, South Carolina

Population: 17,164
Median Household Income: $70,222
Highly Educated Adults: 42.8%

6. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, SC

Population: 39,666
Median Household Income: $72,569
Highly Educated Adults: 52.0%

7. Lexington

Lexington, SC

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,653
Median Household Income: $65,019
Highly Educated Adults: 41.9%

8. Charleston

Charleston, SC

Population: 131,204
Median Household Income: $61,367
Highly Educated Adults: 51.4%

9. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, SC

Population: 14,451
Median Household Income: $71,436
Highly Educated Adults: 41.1%

10. Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie, SC

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,170
Median Household Income: $77,175
Highly Educated Adults: 50.9%

The 10 Most Successful Towns In South Carolina

1. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, SC

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,464
Median Household Income: $121,623
Highly Educated Adults: 54.7%

2. Boiling Springs

Source: Public Domain

Population: 9,152
Median Household Income: $54,440
Highly Educated Adults: 33.3%

3. Powdersville

Powdersville, SC

Source: Wikipedia User Excel23 | CC BY-SA 4.0

Population: 9,216
Median Household Income: $60,694
Highly Educated Adults: 33.0%

4. Lake Murray Of Richland

Lake Murray Of Richland, SC

Source: Wikipedia User Panoramio uploa | CC BY-SA 3.0

Population: 6,402
Median Household Income: $100,938
Highly Educated Adults: 53.7%

5. Hollywood

Source: Public Domain

Population: 5,083
Median Household Income: $51,784
Highly Educated Adults: 28.1%

6. Hardeeville

Hardeeville, SC

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,084
Median Household Income: $52,705
Highly Educated Adults: 37.0%

7. Little River

Source: Public Domain

Population: 9,208
Median Household Income: $47,866
Highly Educated Adults: 25.3%

8. Camden

Camden, SC

Population: 7,000
Median Household Income: $43,838
Highly Educated Adults: 35.6%

9. Lugoff

Source: Public Domain

Population: 8,152
Median Household Income: $56,667
Highly Educated Adults: 24.9%

10. Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet, SC

Population: 8,752
Median Household Income: $51,667
Highly Educated Adults: 30.0%

Measuring Success In South Carolina

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 Five Forks and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In South Carolina

Rank City Median Income
1 Five Forks $109,781
2 Mount Pleasant $90,454
3 James Island $75,345
4 Forest Acres $62,008
5 Bluffton $70,222
6 Hilton Head Island $72,569
7 Lexington $65,019
8 Charleston $61,367
9 Fort Mill $71,436
10 Lake Wylie $77,175
11 Simpsonville $58,857
12 Hanahan $61,221
13 Greer $51,913
14 Aiken $53,433
15 Wade Hampton $49,605
16 Mauldin $65,539
17 Seven Oaks $53,577
18 Greenville $48,984
19 Clemson $39,746
20 Taylors $53,666
21 North Myrtle Beach $54,283
22 Irmo $59,470
23 Beaufort $47,452
24 Summerville $57,825
25 Goose Creek $64,204
26 Cayce $46,383
27 North Augusta $51,863
28 West Columbia $42,045
29 Columbia $43,650
30 Florence $47,008
31 Easley $47,280
32 Port Royal $46,475
33 Rock Hill $44,296
34 Red Hill $47,049
35 Socastee $42,966
36 Ladson $59,243
37 North Charleston $39,944
38 Oak Grove $48,872
39 Spartanburg $37,369
40 Dentsville $38,840
41 Myrtle Beach $39,006
42 Sumter $38,562
43 Anderson $32,655
44 St. Andrews $36,478
45 Conway $37,362
46 Gaffney $30,058
47 Parker $31,295
48 Orangeburg $27,564
49 Newberry $35,645
50 Greenwood $30,273
51 Berea $32,389
52 Gantt $32,374
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