We love a friendly rivalry between cities. And we love to see who comes out on top in those rivalries when publications put together different lists. This time it’s the Best Places To Live. And this list comes from a reputable source- US News and World Report. As South Carolina residents we know there are plenty of fantastic places to call home in the Palmetto State. There is something for everyone. Each year US News ranks the best places to live in the US, and while two North Carolina cities made the top 10, some South Carolina cities weren’t too far behind as great cities to call home!

And the top cities to call home in South Carolina? It’s not what I would have guessed. In fact, it’s a place you probably visit, and maybe even have a vacation home at. I would have thought the bigger cities would have topped this vacation destination as a place to call home in South Carolina though.  You can read all the information on the methodology US News uses in ranking cities here. Below you’ll find the top 5 places to live in South Carolina. Why seven? It’s the cities that are among the nation’s 150 most populous. You’ll also see where they stack up overall against the rest of the United States. And below that, you’ll find the top places to live in the US.

You can read the full list from US News & World Report here.

  • 5. Columbia, SC

    #92 overall Best Place To Live

    Overall Score: 6.2

    Quality of Life: 6.2

    Value: 7.2

    Columbia Photo

  • 4. Charleston, SC

    #53 Overall Best Places To Live

    Overall Score: 6.4

    Quality of Life: 6.4

    Value: 6.2

    Photo of Charleston

  • 3. Spartanburg, SC

    #43 Overall Best Places To Live

    Overall Score: 6.4

    Quality of Life: 6.3

    Value: 7.8

    Spartanburg

  • 2. Greenville, SC

    #31 Overall Best Places To Live

    Overall Score: 6.5

    Quality of Life: 6.4

    Value: 7.8

    Downtown Greenville

  • 1. Myrtle Beach, SC

    #18 Overall Best Places To Live

    Overall Score: 6.6

    Quality of Life: 6.1

    Value: 6.9

    Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

  • Best Places To Live In North Carolina

    According to US News & World Report

  • 7. Fayetteville

    #135 Best Places To Live

    Overall Score: 5.7

    Quality of Life: 6.0

    Value: 6.8

    ayetteville North Carolina Downtown City Center Hay Street

  • 6. Greensboro

    #72 Best Places To Live

    Overall Score: 5.7

    Quality of Life: 6.5

    Value: 7.5

    Downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, USA Skyline

  • 5. Winston-Salem

    #41 Best Places To Live

    Overall Score: 6.4

    Quality of Life: 6.7

    Value: 7.7

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA Downtown Skyline

    Kruck20

  • 4. Asheville

    #29 Overall Best Places To Live

    Overall Score: 6.5

    Quality of Life: 6.8

    Value: 7.0

    Downtown Asheville North Carolina NC Skyline Aerial

    Kruck20

  • 3. Hickory

    #25 Overall Best Places To Live

    Overall Score: 6.5

    Quality of Life: 6.4

    Value: 8.6

    Downtown Hickory

    Jeff Yount

  • 2. Charlotte

    #8 Overall Best Places To Live

    Overall Score: 6.7

    Quality of Life: 6.4

    Value: 7.0

    Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

    Sean Pavone

  • 1. Raleigh & Durham

    #3 Best Places To Live Overall

    Overall Score: 6.9

    Quality of Life: 6.4

    Value: 7.0

    Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Downtown City Skyline

    Sean Pavone

  • Top 10 Best Places To Live

  • 10. Fayetteville, AK

    Overall Score: 6.7

    Quality of Life: 6.9

    Value: 7.8

    Downtown town square in Fayetteville, Arkansas

    BlazenImages

  • 9. Colorado Springs

    Overall Score: 6.7

    Quality of Life: 6.5

    Value: 5.8

    Colorado Springs

    Jacob Boomsma

  • 8. Charlotte, NC

    Overall Score: 6.7

    Quality of Life: 6.4

    Value: 7.0

    Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

    Sean Pavone

  • 7. Portland, ME

    Overall Score: 6.7

    Quality of Life: 7.4

    Value: 6.2

    Portland, Maine, USA Coastal Townscape

    Sean Pavone

  • 6. Naples, FL

    Overall Score: 6.8

    Quality of Life: 7.1

    Value: 6.2

    Naples coastal neighborhoods aerial drone photo

    felixmizioznikov

  • 5. Sarasota, FL

    Overall Score: 6.8

    Quality of Life: 7.0

    Value: 6.1

    Downtown Sarasota from Ringling Bridge

    KarolinaBorkowski

  • 4. Boulder, CO

    Overall Score: 6.8

    Quality of Life: 7.7

    Value: 5.3

    Boulder Pearl Street Mall, Colorado

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  • 3. Raleigh & Durham, NC

    Overall Score: 6.9

    Quality of Life: 6.4

    Value: 7.0

     

    Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Downtown City Skyline

    Sean Pavone

  • 2. Huntsville, AL

    Overall Score: 6.9

    Quality of Life: 7.0

    Value: 8.2

    Huntsville

    Sean Pavone

  • 1. Green Bay, WI

    Overall Score: 6.9

    Quality of Life: 7.3

    Value: 8.0

    Green Bay is a Large Town in Northern Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

    Jacob Boomsma

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