The 10 Richest Cities In South Carolina For 2024


The richest cities in South Carolina are Isle of Palms and Tega Cay for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

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 2024 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 90 South Carolina cities with 3,000 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.


Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table


Richest Cities In South Carolina Map

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 2024? According to the data, that would be Isle of Palms.

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 2024

1. Isle Of Palms

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 4,347
Median Income: $160,417
Median Home Values: $1,521,447
More on Isle Of Palms: Data | Crime | Real Estate

2. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,816
Median Income: $140,172
Median Home Values: $565,388
More on Tega Cay: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

3. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, SC

Source: Wikipedia User | GFDL
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 90,945
Median Income: $115,167
Median Home Values: $777,495
More on Mount Pleasant: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

4. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, SC

Source: Wikipedia User Bill Fitzpatrick | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 26,022
Median Income: $128,125
Median Home Values: $505,522
More on Fort Mill: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

5. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, SC

Source: Wikipedia User MoodyGroove of English Wikipedia | GFDL
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 37,708
Median Income: $93,694
Median Home Values: $746,761
More on Hilton Head Island: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

6. James Island

James Island, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,689
Median Income: $95,364
Median Home Values: $552,752
More on James Island: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

7. Bluffton

Bluffton, SC

Source: Flickr User Ken Lund | CC BY-SA 2.0
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,375
Median Income: $99,575
Median Home Values: $494,049
More on Bluffton: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

8. Charleston

Charleston, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 149,960
Median Income: $83,891
Median Home Values: $530,719
More on Charleston: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

9. Hollywood

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,397
Median Income: $77,191
Median Home Values: $467,948
More on Hollywood: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

10. Blythewood

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,890
Median Income: $100,595
Median Home Values: $352,279
More on Blythewood: Data | Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In South Carolina For 2024

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 simply identifying 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 2018-2022 American Community Survey and applied Saturday Night Science:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Household Income

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place is. And home values are a measure of wealth. The two combine to define a “Rich City.”

After we collected the data for all 90 places with more than 3,000 people in South Carolina, we ranked each place from 1 to 90 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, Isle of Palms, crowned the “Richest City In South Carolina For 2024.”

The data has been updated for 2024. This is our tenth time ranking the wealthiest cities in South Carolina.

You can skip to the end to see the rankings for all 90 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In South Carolina For 2024

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.

The richest cities in South Carolina are Isle of Palms, Tega Cay, Mount Pleasant, Fort Mill, Hilton Head Island, James Island, Bluffton, Charleston, Hollywood, and Blythewood.

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: Bamberg
2nd Poorest: Marion
3rd Poorest: Denmark

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In South Carolina

Rank City RichScore Median Income Average Home Price
1 Isle Of Palms 1.0 $160,417 $1,521,447
2 Tega Cay 3.0 $140,172 $565,388
3 Mount Pleasant 3.0 $115,167 $777,495
4 Fort Mill 5.0 $128,125 $505,522
5 Hilton Head Island 5.5 $93,694 $746,761
6 James Island 6.0 $95,364 $552,752
7 Bluffton 7.0 $99,575 $494,049
8 Charleston 8.5 $83,891 $530,719
9 Hollywood 13.0 $77,191 $467,948
10 Blythewood 13.0 $100,595 $352,279
11 Hanahan 13.5 $79,305 $384,391
12 Hardeeville 14.5 $75,948 $408,943
13 Moncks Corner 16.0 $83,079 $354,593
14 Simpsonville 16.0 $79,937 $360,596
15 North Myrtle Beach 17.5 $69,792 $398,493
16 Goose Creek 18.0 $84,041 $309,585
17 Summerville 18.5 $73,712 $370,371
18 Surfside Beach 19.5 $69,375 $380,887
19 Clover 22.0 $63,649 $392,293
20 Greer 23.0 $73,534 $327,385
21 Port Royal 25.0 $68,909 $326,136
22 Lexington 25.0 $78,164 $289,130
23 Lyman 26.0 $76,723 $289,160
24 Beaufort 26.5 $60,366 $368,692
25 Ridgeland 28.0 $55,729 $376,300
26 Irmo 28.0 $77,656 $271,045
27 Mauldin 28.5 $75,565 $282,107
28 North Augusta 29.5 $85,093 $235,984
29 Greenville 30.0 $65,519 $295,392
30 Rock Hill 30.0 $60,807 $312,290
31 Fountain Inn 30.0 $73,665 $280,678
32 Forest Acres 30.5 $68,110 $291,080
33 Easley 31.0 $62,551 $298,368
34 Clemson 33.5 $50,263 $363,229
35 North Charleston 34.5 $58,534 $292,239
36 Duncan 34.5 $58,112 $294,706
37 York 36.0 $50,177 $333,788
38 Pendleton 36.0 $63,750 $264,124
39 Aiken 36.5 $65,712 $248,666
40 Myrtle Beach 37.0 $50,558 $301,360
41 Williamston 38.5 $62,425 $252,285
42 Travelers Rest 45.0 $44,375 $299,948
43 Woodruff 45.0 $68,451 $187,146
44 Conway 45.5 $48,161 $283,094
45 Columbia 47.5 $54,095 $222,099
46 Seneca 47.5 $48,108 $275,023
47 Wellford 47.5 $53,221 $222,809
48 Camden 48.5 $54,141 $211,324
49 Florence 48.5 $56,031 $207,198
50 West Columbia 49.5 $52,648 $211,731
51 Georgetown 49.5 $50,000 $244,215
52 Cayce 50.0 $56,976 $195,496
53 Central 53.0 $45,909 $247,449
54 Spartanburg 54.5 $49,140 $209,990
55 Honea Path 55.0 $50,375 $188,675
56 Pickens 55.0 $43,452 $245,595
57 Belton 55.5 $46,713 $221,077
58 Anderson 56.5 $40,445 $247,118
59 Liberty 57.0 $41,898 $236,892
60 Laurens 58.0 $52,585 $147,919
61 Lancaster 59.0 $37,714 $262,150
62 Sumter 59.5 $48,900 $179,925
63 Walterboro 62.0 $46,119 $181,873
64 Newberry 62.0 $47,565 $163,742
65 Abbeville 62.5 $41,025 $196,529
66 Walhalla 63.0 $40,176 $199,793
67 Hartsville 64.0 $46,230 $156,598
68 Batesburg-Leesville 64.5 $49,807 $137,614
69 Greenwood 68.0 $38,884 $169,336
70 Andrews 68.5 $42,337 $143,760
71 Gaffney 71.0 $38,059 $160,274
72 Chester 71.5 $39,951 $142,891
73 Burne 71.5 $32,279 $195,581
74 Barnwell 72.0 $38,065 $147,641
75 Clinton 75.0 $38,350 $126,502
76 Saluda 78.0 $32,986 $139,023
77 Cheraw 79.0 $30,658 $146,907
78 Lake City 79.0 $37,013 $113,134
79 Darlington 79.5 $33,750 $123,699
80 Mullins 80.5 $38,304 $77,969
81 Bennettsville 81.0 $37,891 $84,777
82 Orangeburg 81.0 $29,340 $142,887
83 Union 82.5 $32,548 $108,743
84 Dillon 83.0 $34,086 $82,630
85 Winnsboro 83.5 $31,194 $109,928
86 Manning 83.5 $27,138 $134,581
87 Kingstree 84.0 $31,227 $103,299
88 Denmark 85.5 $32,679 $66,158
89 Marion 87.0 $28,551 $90,130
90 Bamberg 87.5 $27,021 $96,651
About Chris Kolmar

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