The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In South Carolina For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in South Carolina have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in South Carolina:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in South Carolina, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Palmetto State.

To do that we are going to look at places in South Carolina that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in South Carolina at the moment? That would be Abbeville according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in South Carolina for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In South Carolina For 2021

  1. Abbeville
  2. Travelers Rest
  3. Hollywood
  4. Central
  5. Chester
  6. Walterboro
  7. Batesburg-Leesville
  8. Cheraw
  9. Darlington
  10. Hardeeville

What's the best place to buy a home in South Carolina for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in South Carolina and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in South Carolina.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In South Carolina For 2021

Abbeville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,045
Median Home Price: $92,500
Population Change: -0.7%
Home Price Change: 9.3%
More on Abbeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,152
Median Home Price: $189,000
Population Change: 1.8%
Home Price Change: 7.8%
More on Travelers Rest: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,176
Median Home Price: $246,500
Population Change: 1.1%
Home Price Change: 4.0%
More on Hollywood: Homes For Sale | Data

Central, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,270
Median Home Price: $108,700
Population Change: 0.6%
Home Price Change: 3.9%
More on Central: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chester, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,408
Median Home Price: $67,100
Population Change: -0.5%
Home Price Change: -10.7%
More on Chester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Walterboro, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,477
Median Home Price: $107,600
Population Change: -0.5%
Home Price Change: -4.9%
More on Walterboro: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Batesburg-Leesville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,647
Median Home Price: $113,300
Population Change: 4.1%
Home Price Change: -4.3%
More on Batesburg-Leesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cheraw, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 5,657
Median Home Price: $109,600
Population Change: -0.8%
Home Price Change: -4.2%
More on Cheraw: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Darlington, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,043
Median Home Price: $107,400
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 9.8%
More on Darlington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hardeeville, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,064
Median Home Price: $336,000
Population Change: 3.9%
Home Price Change: 7.8%
More on Hardeeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in South Carolina for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in South Carolina. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in South Carolina with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for South Carolina with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in South Carolina, only 65 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 65 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Abbeville is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Palmetto State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In South Carolina for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in South Carolina. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In South Carolina

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Abbeville 1 $92,500 -0.7% 9.3%
Travelers Rest 2 $189,000 1.8% 7.8%
Hollywood 3 $246,500 1.1% 4.0%
Central 4 $108,700 0.6% 3.9%
Chester 5 $67,100 -0.5% -10.7%
Walterboro 6 $107,600 -0.5% -4.9%
Batesburg-Leesville 7 $113,300 4.1% -4.3%
Cheraw 8 $109,600 -0.8% -4.2%
Darlington 9 $107,400 0.1% 9.8%
Hardeeville 10 $336,000 3.9% 7.8%
Clover 11 $152,300 3.0% 8.2%
Dillon 12 $118,500 -1.0% 3.5%
Marion 13 $106,700 -1.3% 2.6%
Lake City 14 $89,700 -0.6% -0.1%
Camden 15 $159,700 0.6% 0.5%
Hartsville 16 $147,000 -0.5% 12.3%
Union 17 $80,700 -1.4% 6.0%
Bennettsville 18 $79,600 -3.0% -2.8%
York 19 $138,800 1.0% -1.0%
Seneca 20 $158,000 0.9% -4.9%
Clinton 21 $78,300 -0.8% -6.3%
Georgetown 22 $163,300 -0.8% 0.3%
Laurens 23 $93,700 -0.5% 3.2%
Lancaster 24 $141,600 -0.1% 4.0%
Fountain Inn 25 $155,600 7.1% 5.7%
Newberry 26 $95,300 -0.4% 11.7%
Tega Cay 27 $331,100 4.6% 4.6%
Forest Acres 28 $193,700 -0.2% 3.7%
Moncks Corner 29 $203,200 5.6% 13.8%
James Island 30 $300,600 0.5% 10.5%
Irmo 31 $125,000 1.1% 0.1%
Gaffney 32 $111,100 0.4% 3.6%
Port Royal 33 $233,300 2.6% 10.9%
Orangeburg 34 $105,600 -2.0% -10.1%
Beaufort 35 $214,700 0.5% 4.7%
Cayce 36 $129,900 -0.2% 2.0%
North Myrtle Beach 37 $266,200 2.1% 0.5%
Clemson 38 $236,500 3.1% 3.7%
West Columbia 39 $142,800 2.0% 6.6%
Fort Mill 40 $289,200 11.1% 11.3%
Bluffton 41 $290,800 10.4% 9.2%
Easley 42 $159,800 0.7% 6.8%
Lexington 43 $190,500 1.4% 3.9%
Simpsonville 44 $173,400 3.8% 5.7%
North Augusta 45 $161,100 1.3% 2.1%
Greenwood 46 $97,400 0.2% 5.9%
Conway 47 $155,000 5.2% 4.4%
Hanahan 48 $228,800 6.1% 5.9%
Mauldin 49 $163,800 0.8% 4.1%
Anderson 50 $136,800 0.6% 5.1%
Aiken 51 $188,600 0.7% 4.6%
Greer 52 $173,100 3.8% 6.7%
Myrtle Beach 53 $216,100 2.9% 11.0%
Spartanburg 54 $125,600 0.1% 7.5%
Florence 55 $158,600 1.8% 1.0%
Sumter 56 $138,900 -0.4% -1.0%
Hilton Head Island 57 $483,600 0.5% 3.0%
Goose Creek 58 $188,300 1.5% 5.5%
Summerville 59 $207,800 4.2% 4.2%
Greenville 60 $292,400 3.1% 7.1%
Rock Hill 61 $155,800 2.0% 5.4%
Mount Pleasant 62 $461,000 3.9% 4.4%
North Charleston 63 $174,800 1.5% 6.2%
Columbia 64 $181,100 -0.1% 4.4%
Charleston 65 $330,600 1.1% 7.3%

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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