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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:
- Five Forks
- Mount Pleasant
- James Island
- Forest Acres
- Hilton Head Island
- Fort Mill
- Lake Wylie
And the 10 most successful towns in South Carolina:
- Tega Cay
- Boiling Springs
- Lake Murray Of Richland
- Little River
- Murrells Inlet
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.
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The 10 Most Successful Cities In South Carolina1. Five Forks
Median Household Income: $109,781
Highly Educated Adults: 61.6%
Median Household Income: $90,454
Highly Educated Adults: 60.5%
Median Household Income: $75,345
Highly Educated Adults: 44.9%
Median Household Income: $62,008
Highly Educated Adults: 58.0%
Median Household Income: $70,222
Highly Educated Adults: 42.8%
Median Household Income: $72,569
Highly Educated Adults: 52.0%
Median Household Income: $65,019
Highly Educated Adults: 41.9%
Median Household Income: $61,367
Highly Educated Adults: 51.4%
Median Household Income: $71,436
Highly Educated Adults: 41.1%
Median Household Income: $77,175
Highly Educated Adults: 50.9%
Median Household Income: $121,623
Highly Educated Adults: 54.7%
Median Household Income: $54,440
Highly Educated Adults: 33.3%
Median Household Income: $60,694
Highly Educated Adults: 33.0%
Median Household Income: $100,938
Highly Educated Adults: 53.7%
Median Household Income: $51,784
Highly Educated Adults: 28.1%
Median Household Income: $52,705
Highly Educated Adults: 37.0%
Median Household Income: $47,866
Highly Educated Adults: 25.3%
Median Household Income: $43,838
Highly Educated Adults: 35.6%
Median Household Income: $56,667
Highly Educated Adults: 24.9%
Median Household Income: $51,667
Highly Educated Adults: 30.0%
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
|6||Hilton Head Island||$72,569|
|21||North Myrtle Beach||$54,283|
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