It’s not your imagination, people are moving to South Carolina in droves. According to our friends at United Van Lines, South Carolina is one of the top states that people are flocking to. And we can see why they would want to! Many people like to come south for the weather, cheaper cost of living, and the laid-back atmosphere. The study is part of a yearly report by United Van Lines, in fact, this is the 46th annual National Movers Study the company has conducted. This year’s results show that Americans continue to move to lower-density locations. This relocation is driven by lifestyle preferences such as a career change, retirement, and wanting to be closer to family.

The top inbound states of 2022 were:

  1. Vermont
  2. Oregon
  3. Rhode Island
  4. South Carolina 
  5. Delaware
  6. North Carolina
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. South Dakota
  9. New Mexico
  10. Alabama

 

The top outbound states for 2022 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. New York
  4. Michigan
  5. Wyoming
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Nebraska
  9. Louisiana
  10. California

New Jersey and New York are two of the top three states people are relocating from. This along with the rest of the top 4 in Illinois and Michigan align with many of the trends I personally have witnessed. Wyoming which came in at number 4 surprises me a bit more. Those folks must not be coming to the Carolinas as I haven’t crossed paths with any. Do these trends line up with what you’re personally seeing? Have you seen an influx of people moving to South Carolina?

The Wealthiest Towns In South Carolina Are Mainly Centered In One Area Of The State

Let’s face it we aren’t Silicon Valley or the Upper East Side of Manhattan. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t money in South Carolina. And with the lower cost of living here than in other areas, it can be easier to gain and maintain wealth.  Especially in areas of the Lowcountry near the Charleston beaches. There are some gorgeous homes there with high price tags.  And the rich, well they tend to hang out with other wealthy individuals. The Oxford Dictionary defines wealth as “an abundance of valuable possessions or money”. I typically think of wealth as the type of money that spans generations. Regardless the wealthiest towns in South Carolina are those with the highest median household income and home values. Our friends over at Suburbs101.com compiled a list of the 9 Wealthiest Towns in South Carolina. Some of these I’d classify more as suburbs but you still get the point.

Below you will find a list of the wealthiest towns and suburbs as reported by Suburbs101.com. The information presented in this article is based on data from the US Census American Community Survey and the rankings are based on median household income. You can read their full study here.

  • 8. Mount Pleasant, SC

    Mt Pleasant, SC

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    Median Household Income:  $106,216

    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 65.3%

    Median Home Value: $499,600

  • 7. Seabrook Island, SC

    Seabrook Island, SC 29455

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    Median Household Income:  $$106,875

    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 80%

    Median Home Value: $660,900

  • 6. Fort Mill, SC

    Fort Mill, SC

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    Median Household Income:  $120,665

    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 54.8%

    Median Home Value: $340,500

  • 5. Tega Cay, SC

    Tega Cay, SC 29708

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    Median Household Income:  $130,571

    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 65.9%

    Median Home Value: $394,500

  • 4. Isle of Palms, SC

    Isle of Palms, SC

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    Median Household Income:  $134,917

    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 65.9%

    Median Home Value: $394,500

  • 3. Briarcliffe Acres, SC

    Briarcliffe Acres, SC

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    Median Household Income:  $137,750

    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 59.9%

    Median Home Value: $659,700

  • 2. Sullivan's Island, SC

    Sullivan's Island, SC

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    Median Household Income:  $157,743

    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 84%

    Median Home Value: $3,937,500

  • 1. Kiawah Island, SC

    Kiawah Island, SC

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    Median Household Income:  $216,750

    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 87.4%

    Median Home Value: $1,442,000