The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In South Carolina For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in South Carolina have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in South Carolina.

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South Carolina might be one of the smallest states in the country, but what they lack in size, they make up in some pretty great places to raise a family.

Whether the Palmetto Trees and white sandy beaches in Myrtle Beach is your family's thing or the mountain biking and hiking trails in Greenville hits the spot, there's a bunch of family friendly activities in South Carolina to keep your family happy, healthy, and entertained.

But, here at HomeSnacks, we know that there is way more that goes into deciding the best place to raise your family, so we thought it would be helpful to create a list of the top ten family friendly places in South Carolina for 2021. To identify the Palmetto State's most family friendly places, we looked at the latest Census for 32 South Carolina cities with at least 10,000 residents. We looked at things that most families would find important: low crime, households with kids, schools that perform, and family friendly fun. Then we gave each place a score based on the data: we call this a cities' SnackAbility.

And folks, we discovered a couple of pretty cool South Carolina fun family facts along the way. One, these family friendly places in South Carolina are kind of a big deal. They are constantly in the headlines for being the state's best places to raise a family and for being some of the state's safest.

And, two, you should probably take a look at our list below before making any life changing decisions for you family, because we don't want your family to end up in one of South Carolina's most dangerous places.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In South Carolina For 2021

  1. Beaufort
  2. Conway
  3. Lexington
  4. Fort Mill
  5. Newberry
  6. Rock Hill
  7. Moncks Corner
  8. Bluffton
  9. Gaffney
  10. Greenville

If you live in the greater Columbia and Charleston area, your family has some of the best of what South Carolina offers based on our criteria. Unfortunately, there can only be one number one best place for families in this southeastern state.

So, what is the best place for families in South Carolina? According to the latest data, that would be Beaufort.

Want to know the rest of the places that made this South Carolina list? Hit that down arrow key; and if you don't find what you're looking for there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about South Carolina and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In South Carolina For 2021

Beaufort, SC

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 13,404
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Jacksonville
Households with kids: 34.1%
More on Beaufort: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Conway, SC

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 23,838
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 75
Closest Major City: Fayetteville
Households with kids: 28.2%
More on Conway: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lexington, SC

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 21,334
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 37.0%
More on Lexington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fort Mill, SC

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 17,692
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 49.3%
More on Fort Mill: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newberry, SC

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,245
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 20.6%
More on Newberry: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rock Hill, SC

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 73,334
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 77
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 29.9%
More on Rock Hill: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,743
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Fayetteville
Households with kids: 41.4%
More on Moncks Corner: Homes For Sale | Data

Bluffton, SC

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 20,799
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Jacksonville
Households with kids: 31.0%
More on Bluffton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Gaffney, SC

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 12,582
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 19.2%
More on Gaffney: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenville, SC

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 67,737
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 74
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 22.6%
More on Greenville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which place is best for families in South Carolina anyways?

To give you the places in South Carolina which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Palmetto State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of South Carolina, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For South Carolina, that meant a total of 32 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In South Carolina

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in South Carolina ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles South Carolina according to the data:

  1. North Charleston
  2. Cayce
  3. North Myrtle Beach

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In South Carolina?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Beaufort, SC 13,404 55
2 Conway, SC 23,838 47
3 Lexington, SC 21,334 52
4 Fort Mill, SC 17,692 53
5 Newberry, SC 10,245 35
6 Rock Hill, SC 73,334 56
7 Moncks Corner, SC 10,743 54
8 Bluffton, SC 20,799 42
9 Gaffney, SC 12,582 38
10 Greenville, SC 67,737 84

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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