The 10 Richest Cities In South Carolina For 2022


We analyzed 63 places in South Carolina to determine where the 1% live.

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Want to know where you can live the South Carolina dream in some of the richest places in the state? You’ve come to the right place.

Yes, HomeSnacks has created a list of the top ten richest places to live in The Palmetto State for 2022 and listed them below. Incidentally, this is our ninth time ranking this southern charm, so believe us when we say that South Carolina’s richest places are the creme de la creme. To identify South Carolina’s richest places we looked at the latest Census data from the American Community Survey for 65 South Carolina cities with 5,000 residents. We then looked at a places median income and their unemployment and poverty rate and assigned each a score.

Now, if you want to live in South Carolina’s richest places, you’re going to have to bring home the bacon. The median income for many in the top ten will require that you have a solid job and the highest paying jobs in South Carolina are in healthcare and engineering. But don’t worry, finding a job in one of the top ten richest places shouldn’t be difficult because the unemployment rate in many of these places is below the national average.

So, want to know where South Carolina’s ‘one percenters’ live? HomeSnacks suggests that you read on.

Many of South Carolina’s richest places are also the state’s safest. Heck, South Carolina notables like Jesse Jackson and Vanna White have been singing the praises of places like Greenville and Myrtle Beach for years. But, there can only be one one number one richest place in The Palmetto State.

So, what’s the richest place in South Carolina for 2022? According to the data, that would be Mount Pleasant.

To see a list of where the rest of South Carolina’s royalty live, take a look below.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about South Carolina:

The 10 Richest Cities In South Carolina For 2022

1. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, SC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 89,410
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $104,772
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Photos

2. Bluffton

Bluffton, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 23,176
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $85,844
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Bluffton: Real Estate | Photos

3. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, SC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,920
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $101,699
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Fort Mill: Real Estate | Photos

4. James Island

James Island, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,157
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $82,083
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on James Island: Real Estate | Photos

5. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,834
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $125,847
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 0.2%
More on Tega Cay: Real Estate | Photos

6. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 40,000
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $86,171
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on Hilton Head Island: Real Estate | Photos

7. Simpsonville

Simpsonville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,200
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $75,535
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Simpsonville: Real Estate | Photos

8. Lexington

Lexington, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,847
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $71,850
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Photos

9. Port Royal

Port Royal, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,265
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 21)
Median Income: $59,081
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Port Royal: Real Estate | Photos

10. Forest Acres

Forest Acres, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,300
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $66,265
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 12.5%
More on Forest Acres: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In South Carolina For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In South Carolina
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 65 places with more than 5,000 people in South Carolina, we ranked each place from 1 to 65 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Mount Pleasant, crowned the “Richest City In South Carolina For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 65 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In South Carolina For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in South Carolina, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in South Carolina.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in South Carolina, according to data:

Poorest: Cheraw
2nd Poorest: Lancaster
3rd Poorest: Orangeburg

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In South Carolina

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mount Pleasant 2.67 $104,772
2 Bluffton 3.33 $85,844
3 Fort Mill 3.67 $101,699
4 James Island 4.33 $82,083
5 Tega Cay 5.33 $125,847
6 Hilton Head Island 7.33 $86,171
7 Simpsonville 7.33 $75,535
8 Lexington 10.67 $71,850
9 Port Royal 11.0 $59,081
10 Forest Acres 13.33 $66,265
11 Greer 13.67 $65,516
12 Charleston 15.0 $72,071
13 Hanahan 16.0 $71,291
14 Mauldin 16.0 $67,902
15 Goose Creek 16.67 $74,730
16 Moncks Corner 18.33 $67,151
17 Greenville 19.67 $58,259
18 Hollywood 20.67 $58,885
19 North Augusta 20.67 $63,795
20 Easley 21.33 $55,655
21 Hardeeville 21.33 $65,245
22 Aiken 22.67 $56,202
23 Beaufort 24.0 $54,061
24 Irmo 24.33 $75,344
25 North Myrtle Beach 24.67 $61,390
26 Summerville 25.0 $60,271
27 Florence 26.67 $51,073
28 West Columbia 30.33 $44,282
29 Batesburg-Leesville 30.67 $50,026
30 Fountain Inn 31.0 $65,221
31 Rock Hill 31.67 $51,874
32 North Charleston 32.0 $47,201
33 Camden 33.0 $49,059
34 Lake City 33.33 $37,887
35 Cayce 33.33 $52,713
36 Clover 33.67 $54,457
37 Columbia 38.67 $47,416
38 Myrtle Beach 38.67 $43,378
39 York 40.33 $42,244
40 Clemson 40.67 $46,075
41 Travelers Rest 41.33 $35,884
42 Laurens 42.0 $41,486
43 Seneca 42.33 $42,150
44 Newberry 43.33 $38,613
45 Walterboro 43.67 $33,969
46 Conway 44.0 $42,840
47 Spartanburg 45.0 $42,841
48 Sumter 45.33 $40,760
49 Dillon 45.67 $40,325
50 Anderson 47.67 $33,569
51 Hartsville 48.67 $36,111
52 Georgetown 49.33 $37,323
53 Clinton 52.33 $34,882
54 Greenwood 52.67 $32,970
55 Darlington 53.0 $30,536
56 Gaffney 54.67 $31,355
57 Chester 55.0 $28,750
58 Bennettsville 55.33 $29,556
59 Union 55.67 $33,148
60 Marion 58.0 $24,227
61 Central 58.67 $31,233
62 Abbeville 60.67 $29,275
63 Orangeburg 61.33 $28,587
64 Lancaster 62.0 $29,615
65 Cheraw 64.33 $25,548

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in South Carolina.

About Chris Kolmar

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