Most Americans have never been to South Carolina. However, as the people who live there know, South Carolina is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, South Carolina has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Palmetto State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 123 of South Carolina’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in South Carolina where you’d never want to live:
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since South Carolina has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in South Carolina, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 123 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
Population: 428 Median Income: $23,239
Median Home Value: $31,100
Population: 280 Median Income: $31,932
Median Home Value: $47,200
Population: 436 Median Income: $33,229
Median Home Value: $51,900
Population: 517 Median Income: $27,794
Median Home Value: $55,800
Population: 926 Median Income: $30,495
Median Home Value: $128,000
Population: 356 Median Income: $25,000
Median Home Value: $83,600
Population: 120 Median Income: $21,250
Median Home Value: $87,500
Population: 101 Median Income: $17,083
Median Home Value: $74,000
Population: 838 Median Income: $20,000
Median Home Value: $77,000
Population: 873 Median Income: $16,676
Median Home Value: $74,200
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In South Carolina
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Palmetto State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in South Carolina, according to science.
- Best: Arcadia Lakes
- 2nd Best: Briarcliffe Acres
- 3rd Best: Edisto Beach
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