These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In South Carolina


We used science and data to determine which places in South Carolina are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in South Carolina?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in South Carolina – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which South Carolina cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Palmetto State:

  1. Allendale
  2. Marion
  3. Andrews (Photos)
  4. Springdale
  5. Chester (Photos)
  6. Lancaster (Photos)
  7. Brookdale
  8. Walterboro (Photos)
  9. Johnston (Photos)
  10. Parker

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Five Forks is the happiest place in South Carolina.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In South Carolina

In order to rank the unhappiest places in South Carolina, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in South Carolina with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 117 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In South Carolina’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Allendale

Allendale, South Carolina

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,328
People Who Own Their Home: 49.44%
Married Adults: 24.77%

2. Marion

Marion, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,833
People Who Own Their Home: 38.9%
Married Adults: 33.04%

3. Andrews

Andrews, South Carolina

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,839
People Who Own Their Home: 43.02%
Married Adults: 35.66%

4. Springdale


Population: 2,216
People Who Own Their Home: 33.43%
Married Adults: 33.86%

5. Chester

Chester, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,543
People Who Own Their Home: 43.29%
Married Adults: 25.77%

6. Lancaster

Lancaster, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,801
People Who Own Their Home: 40.07%
Married Adults: 31.3%

7. Brookdale

Brookdale, South Carolina

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,271
People Who Own Their Home: 36.1%
Married Adults: 22.34%

8. Walterboro

Walterboro, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,339
People Who Own Their Home: 41.14%
Married Adults: 22.85%

9. Johnston

Johnston, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,216
People Who Own Their Home: 47.11%
Married Adults: 31.03%

10. Parker


Population: 11,987
People Who Own Their Home: 43.1%
Married Adults: 40.97%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In South Carolina

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Allendale 1 49.44%
Marion 2 38.9%
Andrews 3 43.02%
Springdale 4 33.43%
Chester 5 43.29%
Lancaster 6 40.07%
Brookdale 7 36.1%
Walterboro 8 41.14%
Johnston 9 47.11%
Parker 10 43.1%
Greenwood 11 38.62%
Dillon 12 42.14%
Orangeburg 13 36.61%
Darlington 14 43.02%
Arcadia 15 32.86%
Gantt 16 44.51%
Homeland Park 17 49.38%
Sans Souci 18 41.08%
Cheraw 19 35.73%
Lake City 20 44.57%
Clinton 21 36.46%
North Charleston 22 39.85%
Ridgeland 23 48.66%
Abbeville 24 56.55%
Bennettsville 25 39.63%
Hopkins 26 63.32%
Central 27 16.99%
York 28 44.02%
Batesburg-Leesville 29 52.44%
Hartsville 30 41.42%
Laurens 31 45.45%
Dentsville 32 30.15%
Pendleton 33 45.17%
Berea 34 53.37%
Valley Falls 35 38.1%
Westminster 36 56.74%
Welcome 37 55.09%
Myrtle Beach 38 27.1%
Union 39 45.83%
Georgetown 40 48.15%
Anderson 41 42.26%
Spartanburg 42 42.32%
Rock Hill 43 45.34%
Clearwater 44 52.01%
Conway 45 48.95%
Moncks Corner 46 59.99%
Clover 47 54.63%
Piedmont 48 58.73%
Williston 49 61.98%
Elgin 50 70.16%
Walhalla 51 43.74%
Woodfield 52 46.57%
Socastee 53 47.26%
Columbia 54 39.29%
Burton 55 50.57%
Gaffney 56 45.5%
Newberry 57 39.57%
Belvedere 58 73.49%
Greenville 59 37.64%
West Columbia 60 48.19%
Sumter 61 43.89%
Clemson 62 36.65%
Seneca 63 53.01%
Duncan 64 38.87%
North Myrtle Beach 65 19.04%
Liberty 66 68.55%
Ladson 67 66.38%
Hampton 68 64.64%
Red Hill 69 57.79%
Belton 70 56.5%
Charleston 71 45.92%
Sangaree 72 65.15%
Cayce 73 56.99%
Bluffton 74 61.43%
Easley 75 57.52%
Garden City 76 35.66%
Florence 77 51.74%
Camden 78 59.07%
Hanahan 79 54.58%
Greer 80 52.51%
Summerville 81 58.35%
Red Bank 82 74.96%
Little River 83 46.72%
Lugoff 84 71.97%
Murrells Inlet 85 58.83%
Williamston 86 63.11%
Laurel Bay 87 16.42%
Port Royal 88 29.84%
Beaufort 89 43.43%
Taylors 90 64.67%
Fountain Inn 91 62.89%
Hilton Head Island 92 36.22%
Aiken 93 59.63%
Irmo 94 73.9%
Seven Oaks 95 53.0%
Lexington 96 55.35%
North Augusta 97 60.14%
Powdersville 98 70.87%
Springdale 99 64.46%
Lake Wylie 100 68.39%
Goose Creek 101 60.68%
Wade Hampton 102 56.26%
Hollywood 103 76.6%
Fort Mill 104 58.7%
Oak Grove 105 64.61%
Forest Acres 106 60.96%
Simpsonville 107 59.25%
Mauldin 108 60.75%
Lakewood 109 62.47%
Lyman 110 66.67%
Northlake 111 66.73%
Centerville 112 76.19%
Boiling Springs 113 71.11%
Tega Cay 114 89.26%
Mount Pleasant 115 66.86%
Newport 116 77.06%
Five Forks 117 88.68%

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In South Carolina

  1. Orangeburg South Carolina needs to be number 1 not number 13. There is nothing in Orangeburg only major place to shop is wal-mart no movie theaters, bowling alleys, no decent malls, no fun outlets, only two fancy restaurants, the hospital if u got to go in for a life threatening illness you not coming out. With Orangeburg massacre it was black and others throwing projectiles are law enforcement and refusing to comply so law enforcement had to protect their lives. Think twice before making deciding to move to Orangeburg sc.

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