We all know that living in South Carolina is wonderful. The Palmetto State has something for everything and we often talk about how incredible the city of Charleston is. But that’s not all the state has to offer. Scholaroo created a detailed guide on the best US cities to live. The report compared 150 cities across 47 metrics distributed in 9 key relevant categories: Crime & Safety, Affordability, Economy, Quality of life, Leisure and entertainment, Healthcare, Education, Employment, and Infrastructure. And in the best 150 cities to live there were four South Carolina cities. Of course, Charleston was the highest-ranked South Carolina city, but another trendy SC spot wasn’t far behind them on the list. Both of these cities were ranked in the top 20.

Additionally moving a little North, North Carolina also had four cities make this list. If I had to pick four cities to be included from SC, these would be those four. But if I were to do the same for NC, the cities included are not what I would expect. Only one of Charlotte and Raleigh was included.

Read Scholaroo’s full rankings and analysis here and keep reading to see the South Carolina cities named the best places to live, as well as the NC cities, and the top 10 nationwide.

  • South Carolina Cities

  • 11. Charleston, SC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 32

    Rank Affordability: 109

    Rank Economy: 40

    Rank Quality of Life: 47


  • 17. Greenville, SC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 67

    Rank Affordability: 76

    Rank Economy: 120

    Rank Quality of Life: 38


  • 56. Columbia, SC

    Columbia, SC

    Columbia, South Carolina, USA downtown city skyline from Finlay Park at dusk.

    Rank Crime & Safety: 106

    Rank Affordability: 52

    Rank Economy: 137

    Rank Quality of Life: 53


  • 74. Myrtle Beach, SC

    South Carolina

    Rank Crime & Safety: 143

    Rank Affordability: 116

    Rank Economy: 110

    Rank Quality of Life: 35


  • North Carolina Cities

  • 62. Asheville, NC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 82

    Rank Affordability: 70

    Rank Economy: 74

    Rank Quality of Life: 69


  • 69.. Charlotte, NC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 78

    Rank Affordability: 81

    Rank Economy: 48

    Rank Quality of Life: 94


  • 82. Winston Salem, NC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 138

    Rank Affordability: 21

    Rank Economy: 94

    Rank Quality of Life: 55


  • 126. Hickory, NC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 69

    Rank Affordability: 57

    Rank Economy: 96

    Rank Quality of Life: 52


  • Top 10 Best Cities To Live

  • 10. Lincoln, NE

    Lincoln NE

    Rank Crime & Safety: 49

    Rank Affordability: 39

    Rank Economy: 59

    Rank Quality of Life: 91


  • 9. Cambridge, MA

    Harvard North Carolina college hardest to get into

    Harvard University Eliot House across Charles River, in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Rank Crime & Safety: 24

    Rank Affordability: 144

    Rank Economy: 24

    Rank Quality of Life: 15


  • 8. Papillion, NE

    Papillion Nebraska

    An aerial shot of the Omaha Suburb of Papillion in Nebraska

    Rank Crime & Safety: 26

    Rank Affordability: 79

    Rank Economy: 20

    Rank Quality of Life: 144


  • 7. Madison, MS


    Mississippi State welcome sign along the US Highway 61 in the USA; Concept for travel in America and Road Trip in America

    Rank Crime & Safety: 6

    Rank Affordability: 111

    Rank Economy: 5

    Rank Quality of Life: 24


  • 6. Alpharetta, GA


    ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA – September 13, 2019: The Alpharetta Historic District contains several historic buildings dating from the late 19th century and older, and includes dining and shopping.

    Rank Crime & Safety: 14

    Rank Affordability: 124

    Rank Economy: 14

    Rank Quality of Life: 107


  • 5. Naperville, IL


    Carillon bell tower in Naperville, Illinois at sunset

    Rank Crime & Safety: 15

    Rank Affordability: 120

    Rank Economy: 9

    Rank Quality of Life: 119


  • 4. Amherst, NH

    New Hampshire

    Rank Crime & Safety: 1

    Rank Affordability: 99

    Rank Economy: 13

    Rank Quality of Life: 60


  • 3. Portland, ME


    Portland, Maine, USA coastal townscape on Portland Harbor.

    Rank Crime & Safety: 42

    Rank Affordability: 96

    Rank Economy: 63

    Rank Quality of Life: 37


  • 2. Carmel, IN


    Rank Crime & Safety: 8

    Rank Affordability: 91

    Rank Economy: 17

    Rank Quality of Life: 120


  • 1. Naples, FL


    Naples coastal neighborhoods aerial drone photo

    Rank Crime & Safety: 4

    Rank Affordability: 150

    Rank Economy: 8

    Rank Quality of Life: 11


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