The 10 Richest Cities In South Carolina For 2023


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 2023 and listed them below. Incidentally, this is our tenth 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 2023? According to the data, that would be Tega Cay.

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 2023

1. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,336
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Income: $130,571
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 0.5%
More on Tega Cay: Real Estate | Photos

2. James Island

James Island, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,618
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $87,615
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on James Island: Real Estate | Photos

3. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, SC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 24,069
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $120,665
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Fort Mill: Real Estate | Photos

4. Bluffton

Bluffton, SC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 27,596
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $89,245
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Bluffton: Real Estate | Photos

5. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, SC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 88,900
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Median Income: $106,216
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Photos

6. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 38,068
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $87,884
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Hilton Head Island: Real Estate | Photos

7. Simpsonville

Simpsonville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,190
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $76,412
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Simpsonville: Real Estate | Photos

8. Port Royal

Port Royal, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,734
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $63,645
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Port Royal: Real Estate | Photos

9. Lyman

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,841
Rank Last Year:
Median Income: $78,906
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Lyman: Real Estate

10. Moncks Corner

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,685
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Income: $69,484
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 10.1%
More on Moncks Corner: Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In South Carolina For 2023

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 2017-2021 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, Tega Cay, crowned the “Richest City In South Carolina For 2023”. 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 2023

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 Tega Cay 2.33 $130,571
2 James Island 3.33 $87,615
3 Fort Mill 4.0 $120,665
4 Bluffton 4.33 $89,245
5 Mount Pleasant 7.33 $106,216
6 Hilton Head Island 8.33 $87,884
7 Simpsonville 9.67 $76,412
8 Port Royal 10.33 $63,645
9 Lyman 12.0 $78,906
10 Moncks Corner 13.67 $69,484
11 Lexington 13.67 $73,785
12 Goose Creek 14.0 $78,756
13 Hanahan 14.33 $76,094
14 Charleston 15.33 $76,556
15 North Augusta 16.67 $72,202
16 Forest Acres 17.0 $67,575
17 Mauldin 18.33 $73,755
18 Greer 20.0 $67,536
19 Hollywood 20.67 $68,690
20 Irmo 20.67 $81,380
21 Greenville 23.0 $60,388
22 Easley 24.67 $57,269
23 Hardeeville 26.33 $66,672
24 Summerville 27.0 $64,507
25 North Myrtle Beach 27.0 $64,417
26 West Columbia 27.0 $48,163
27 Aiken 28.67 $58,125
28 Beaufort 30.0 $53,653
29 Fountain Inn 30.67 $72,558
30 North Charleston 30.67 $52,264
31 Rock Hill 31.33 $55,706
32 Florence 31.67 $52,425
33 Cayce 33.0 $55,162
34 Walterboro 33.33 $36,806
35 Batesburg-Leesville 35.0 $46,070
36 Laurens 36.0 $48,574
37 Camden 36.0 $44,573
38 Myrtle Beach 38.0 $45,701
39 Clover 38.33 $55,893
40 Seneca 40.67 $48,816
41 Lake City 42.33 $34,260
42 Clemson 42.67 $48,335
43 Travelers Rest 43.0 $36,495
44 Columbia 43.0 $48,791
45 Spartanburg 43.0 $45,228
46 Dillon 43.67 $42,822
47 Conway 45.0 $44,976
48 Newberry 45.67 $44,330
49 Anderson 46.33 $37,439
50 Sumter 46.67 $43,051
51 York 47.0 $41,645
52 Greenwood 49.67 $35,378
53 Georgetown 50.67 $42,998
54 Central 50.67 $36,596
55 Bennettsville 51.0 $31,866
56 Hartsville 51.0 $40,716
57 Clinton 55.0 $35,462
58 Gaffney 55.67 $33,514
59 Darlington 56.67 $31,652
60 Chester 57.0 $31,210
61 Marion 58.33 $27,024
62 Union 59.67 $28,841
63 Orangeburg 61.67 $28,597
64 Lancaster 62.67 $29,738
65 Cheraw 62.67 $29,276

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the richest cities in South Carolina.

About Chris Kolmar

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