South Carolina Real Estate

A lot of buyers know that they want to relocate to South Carolina, but they don't know where they should live. Most buyers are either not familiar with South Carolina at all, or they've just vacationed here and don't know about the many areas South Carolina has to offer. We've included below the top 5 places to live in South Carolina so that you can become familiar with the most popular SC real estate areas!

Columbia, SC

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South Carolina's capital city, Columbia, is the largest city in the state. It boasts just over 700,000 people within its entire metro area and about 120,000 within the actual city. Columbia is located in the midland region of South Carolina, so it is centrally located from the foothills of the mountains and the coastline.

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Some of the major employers of the area are the Palmetto Health hospital system, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina. Columbia has several other small colleges, but USC is definitely the largest in the city (and one of the largest in the state). Real estate in Columbia is more expensive compared to Greenville. But, you'll find that the real estate prices are more affordable than the coastal areas.

Columbia, South Carolina

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Greenville, SC

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Greenville is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you're looking for cooler weather but want to stay in a good-sized city, Greenville may be an option for relocating to SC. It has experienced a lot of growth in the past few years. The entire metro area has about 600,000 residents, with a little over 50,000 living in the city. It is by far the largest city in the upstate of South Carolina.

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Greenville has several smaller colleges and universities (like Furman and Bob Jones), and it's about a 40 minute drive to Clemson University. Real estate prices are pretty affordable compared to the other SC cities we've mentioned in this list. As downtown Greenville has undergone a great deal of revitalization in the past five or ten years, this section has seen an increase in real estate prices.

Greenville, South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach, SC

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Located near the top of South Carolina's coast, Myrtle Beach drives the most tourism in the state. It welcomes about ten million visitors each year! Its residential population is relatively small, with just under 30,000. Most of the jobs available deal with tourism, but Coastal Carolina University also provides a lot of jobs.

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Myrtle Beach real estate is more affordable than the next two SC cities we've listed, but real estate prices are higher compared to the non-coastal cities in the state. This is due largely to the extensive development of the area. Myrtle Beach is one of the most developed cities in South Carolina, in terms of density. Another factor driving tourism and real estate development is golf. Myrtle Beach (along with Charleston) boasts some of the best golf courses in the state.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Charleston, South Carolina

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Next to Columbia, Charleston is one of the most historic cities in South Carolina. Charleston's rich history and culture distinguish it from many of the other cities in South Carolina. Charleston also relies on tourism - it's the biggest industry. But, other major employers include Google, the Port of Charleston, the military (specifically, the Navy and the Air Force), and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Although there are several universities in Charleston, the main ones are College of Charleston, The Citadel, Charleston Southern, and MUSC.

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Charleston is the cultural hub of South Carolina and boasts plenty of theaters, art galleries, museums, historic sites, and plantations. Charleston has also seen a lot of growth and development in the past few years, with an estimate of over 600,000 residents in the Charleston metro area and almost 120,000 in the city. Areas with the highest demand for real estate are historic downtown Charleston and the six beaches.

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Hilton Head, SC

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Hilton Head is the smallest area on this list of South Carolina cities. However, it's still considered a great place in the state to visit and to live. Its population is about 33,000, and it attracts just over two million visitors each year. Although these numbers are not as large as those for Myrtle Beach, for example, Hilton Head relies on its seclusion and natural setting for its appeal.

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The town has tried to minimize the impact of development and to control commercial growth. These efforts were incorporated to be eco-friendly and to preserve the natural setting that the island known for. Also, Hilton Head (along with Charleston) is usually one of the top rated places to retire in South Carolina, as listed in various magazines like AARP. Real estate costs are some of the most expensive on this list. And, the demand for this SC real estate continues to grow.

Hilton Head, South Carolina

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More About South Carolina

South Carolina real estate has experienced somewhat of a boom in the past ten years. This increase in demand for real estate is due partly to more people in general becoming home owners. However, much of the demand is from buyers moving to South Carolina from other parts of the country. We're also seeing some buyers from abroad, as South Carolina gains more of a presence in the international real estate market. Many people choose to relocate to South Carolina because of its rich history and culture. As one of the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from Britain, South Carolina has played an active role in U.S. history since its establishment as the eighth state in 1788.

Many buyers also choose SC for the Lowcountry feel that much of the coastal part of the state provides. Elevated houses with wide front porches (and, in many cases, double front porches) distinguish the Low Country in general - and South Carolina specifically - from many other parts of the country. And, some cities have an architectural style all their own - for example, the Charleston single. South Carolina's unique home styles and beautiful landscapes make it a very desirable place to live.

Buyers often also like the range of scenery that SC offers. Residents can enjoy the best of both worlds - the mountains and the coast. Some people choose to relocate to the upstate of South Carolina near the mountains and vacation at one of the many beaches SC has to offer. Others move to the beach or other coastal cities and take trips to the mountains. And, of course some opt to live somewhere in the middle, where the mountains and the beach are about a two or two and a half hour drive. Needless to say, home buyers will find several options for buying SC real estate.

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