The 10 Best Cities For Singles In South Carolina For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in South Carolina have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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

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Are you trying to find love in South Carolina?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in South Carolina, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Palmetto State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in South Carolina? We've got the answers here.

So, what was the best city for singles in South Carolina? Clemson ranks as the best place for singles in South Carolina if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in South Carolina? That would be Florence.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in South Carolina or the safest places to live in South Carolina.

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In South Carolina For 2021

Clemson, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,463
Median Age: 24.4
Married households: 7.0%
Households with kids: 15.7%
More on Clemson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 67,737
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 22.6%
More on Greenville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Columbia, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 133,273
Median Age: 28.5
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 24.2%
More on Columbia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

North Charleston, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 111,501
Median Age: 33.0
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 29.1%
More on North Charleston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Orangeburg, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,861
Median Age: 31.9
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 22.9%
More on Orangeburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hilton Head Island, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 40,007
Median Age: 58.0
Married households: 4.0%
Households with kids: 15.5%
More on Hilton Head Island: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,200
Median Age: 58.3
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 12.9%
More on North Myrtle Beach: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Summerville, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 53,037
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 34.3%
More on Summerville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tega Cay, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,412
Median Age: 40.7
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 46.6%
More on Tega Cay: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

West Columbia, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,641
Median Age: 42.1
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 17.8%
More on West Columbia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which city is best for singles in South Carolina anyways?

To give you the places in South Carolina which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2015-2019 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of South Carolina, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For South Carolina, that meant a total of 40 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Clemson is the talk of the town while Florence is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in South Carolina for 2021

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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in South Carolina according to the data:

  1. Florence
  2. Irmo
  3. Fort Mill

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In South Carolina

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Clemson, SC 16,463 24.4
2 Greenville, SC 67,737 34.3
3 Columbia, SC 133,273 28.5
4 North Charleston, SC 111,501 33.0
5 Orangeburg, SC 12,861 31.9
6 Hilton Head Island, SC 40,007 58.0
7 North Myrtle Beach, SC 16,200 58.3
8 Summerville, SC 53,037 35.6
9 Tega Cay, SC 10,412 40.7
10 West Columbia, SC 17,641 42.1
11 Charleston, SC 135,257 34.8
12 Gaffney, SC 12,582 35.0
13 Goose Creek, SC 41,978 31.9
14 Hanahan, SC 24,353 34.3
15 Spartanburg, SC 37,424 34.6
16 Cayce, SC 13,600 32.4
17 Rock Hill, SC 73,334 34.6
18 Myrtle Beach, SC 32,700 45.2
19 Forest Acres, SC 10,412 42.1
20 Port Royal, SC 12,770 25.0
21 Mount Pleasant, SC 86,982 40.9
22 Greer, SC 30,854 35.1
23 Simpsonville, SC 22,234 37.8
24 Greenwood, SC 23,269 33.0
25 Newberry, SC 10,245 41.2
26 Mauldin, SC 25,217 40.2
27 Conway, SC 23,838 34.0
28 North Augusta, SC 22,908 40.6
29 James Island, SC 12,076 44.1
30 Lexington, SC 21,334 36.2
31 Anderson, SC 27,289 37.3
32 Beaufort, SC 13,404 36.6
33 Sumter, SC 39,800 32.5
34 Bluffton, SC 20,799 37.5
35 Moncks Corner, SC 10,743 35.3
36 Aiken, SC 30,671 47.7
37 Easley, SC 20,923 42.3
38 Fort Mill, SC 17,692 35.4
39 Irmo, SC 12,215 38.7
40 Florence, SC 38,487 39.7

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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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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