The 10 Richest Cities In South Carolina For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in South Carolina.

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 2021 and listed them below. Incidentally, this is our seventh 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 2021? According to the data, that would be Bluffton.

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 2021

1. Bluffton

Bluffton, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 20,799
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $82,481
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Bluffton: Real Estate | Photos

2. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, SC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 86,982
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $103,232
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Photos

3. James Island

James Island, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,076
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $81,674
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on James Island: Real Estate | Photos

4. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,692
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $91,061
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Fort Mill: Real Estate | Photos

5. Simpsonville

Simpsonville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 22,234
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $71,990
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Simpsonville: Real Estate | Photos

6. Lexington

Lexington, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,334
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $72,996
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Photos

7. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,412
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $130,918
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 0.3%
More on Tega Cay: Real Estate | Photos

8. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 40,007
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Income: $84,575
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 9.7%
More on Hilton Head Island: Real Estate | Photos

9. Hanahan

Hanahan, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,353
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $70,043
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 11.1%
More on Hanahan: Real Estate | Photos

10. Forest Acres

Forest Acres, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,412
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $69,212
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
More on Forest Acres: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In South Carolina For 2021

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 2015-2019 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, Bluffton, crowned the "Richest City In South Carolina For 2021". 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.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In South Carolina For 2021

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: Abbeville
2nd Poorest: Lancaster
3rd Poorest: Bennettsville

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In South Carolina

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Bluffton 3.0 $82,481
2 Mount Pleasant 3.33 $103,232
3 James Island 3.67 $81,674
4 Fort Mill 5.67 $91,061
5 Simpsonville 7.67 $71,990
6 Lexington 9.33 $72,996
7 Tega Cay 9.33 $130,918
8 Hilton Head Island 10.33 $84,575
9 Hanahan 13.0 $70,043
10 Forest Acres 13.33 $69,212
11 Greer 14.0 $61,744
12 Hardeeville 14.33 $68,365
13 Moncks Corner 14.67 $65,540
14 Mauldin 14.67 $67,860
15 Charleston 15.0 $68,438
16 Goose Creek 16.33 $68,893
17 Hollywood 18.0 $52,847
18 Easley 20.67 $52,414
19 Greenville 21.67 $56,609
20 Travelers Rest 22.33 $50,030
21 Summerville 23.33 $59,180
22 North Augusta 23.67 $59,931
23 Irmo 24.0 $66,313
24 Aiken 24.33 $56,199
25 North Myrtle Beach 26.33 $60,982
26 Beaufort 26.67 $54,873
27 Cayce 27.0 $52,582
28 Camden 27.33 $47,711
29 Fountain Inn 28.33 $67,886
30 Port Royal 28.33 $49,797
31 West Columbia 28.33 $46,623
32 Rock Hill 29.67 $50,444
33 Florence 30.67 $49,525
34 Seneca 33.33 $41,017
35 North Charleston 33.33 $45,510
36 Batesburg-Leesville 34.33 $43,980
37 Clover 35.0 $50,511
38 Columbia 37.67 $47,286
39 Clemson 38.0 $43,568
40 Myrtle Beach 39.67 $43,200
41 York 41.67 $39,969
42 Anderson 43.0 $33,351
43 Conway 43.67 $42,508
44 Sumter 43.67 $40,662
45 Spartanburg 44.0 $40,053
46 Dillon 45.0 $40,360
47 Laurens 45.67 $40,738
48 Lake City 47.33 $38,613
49 Walterboro 48.0 $32,900
50 Georgetown 48.0 $32,593
51 Gaffney 51.0 $31,047
52 Central 52.0 $28,820
53 Newberry 52.33 $31,831
54 Greenwood 54.0 $33,699
55 Marion 54.0 $33,310
56 Hartsville 54.33 $35,487
57 Union 54.67 $33,218
58 Darlington 55.0 $27,835
59 Orangeburg 56.0 $31,455
60 Chester 57.67 $26,330
61 Cheraw 58.33 $33,200
62 Clinton 60.0 $28,174
63 Bennettsville 60.33 $30,440
64 Lancaster 62.67 $30,122
65 Abbeville 63.0 $24,809

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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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