Who wants to live where? Do you want a big city? Does your wife want a smaller, more intimate town? Is there a place in the middle that would make both of you happy? Is there that perfect place where you can put down roots and raise a family? South Carolina has many different areas that have been featured on Niche’s Best Towns To Raise A Family website. So, I give you the top 15 places in South Carolina that will be absolutely perfect in which to raise that beautiful family you’ve been thinking about.
Clover can be called the All-American town. It's the great in-between large and small town. It has great schools, great parks, and a lot of entertainment for the entire family.
With a population around 25,000 people, Mauldin has that great large/small feel for families. There are a lot of family groups here and the community is really strong when it comes to amazing family values.
If you're looking for an area that definitely has that laid-back feel than Bluffton would be the ideal place to raise the family. It's just on the edge of big cities so that you can go visit them any time you feel like it and really close to the wild outdoors that children love so much.
4. Port Royal
Port Royal is all about community. They have street dances and music, festivals (such as the Soft Shell Crab Festival), as well as a community oyster roast in October. There's nothing better than raising a family in a place that believes in family values!
York hits one of our lists yet again and it's no surprise. This is a great place for you to consider moving if you want to raise a family. York seems to have it all with great schools, great community, and great entertainment.
Beaufort is an amazing place. Rich in culture and history, it definitely has its perks for raising a family there. It has a great school district, great recreational areas, and a sense of closeness that really makes it feel like home.
No list of this nature would be complete without Seneca. It's a growing mini-metropolis with a booming economy. It has a great downtown, numerous shops, community theater shows, and great scenic places to visit for a day of hiking and exploring nature.
Greenville is an all around great place to raise a family. They have revitalized their downtown to not only be of use to others, but it's now a great place to bring the family on afternoons when the weather is absolutely perfect. They have their own waterfall! What more could you ask of a place?
Easley is an amazingly friendly place which makes it an equally amazing place to raise your little ones. Children emulate what they see and if they see kindness...they learn kindness. Easley has also been host to the Big League World Series for the past few years so there's great opportunity for family outings as well as many activities for the younger ones.
10. Rock Hill
We find ourselves back in York County with Rock Hill, which happens to be the fifth largest city in South Carolina. For being so big, it makes for great opportunities to raise a family. The job market is good here and the city is close to Charlotte.
Spartanburg is known to many as a place that has a little of everything. It's bicycle-friendly so you can get out with the little ones and tour the city.
Abbeville is another one of those towns that has a small population (of about 5,500 people), but is HUGE when it comes to family and community. The Abbeville Opera House resides here along many other attractions including: historical places, great schools, and festivities.
Conway is a place everyone associates with Myrtle Beach. However, what they don't know is that Conway is a great place to raise a family. Being close to the beach is always a plus but you don't have to leave city limits to capture the family atmosphere. Conway has a lot of things for the children to enjoy and the schools here are exceptional.
14. North Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is more than a destination for tourists, it's a great place to raise the children. The tourists make the businesses grow which in turn means the economy is great. The schools thrive due to this as well. The recreational areas are amazing here (no surprise). Don't knock this one off your list just because you think it may not be for you.
Batesburg-Leesville may just be the hidden treasures of our list. They are perfectly located in SC and are approximately 2 hours from the mountains and the ocean. They're also not far away from Columbia, which means they're closer to the zoo and the children's museum! The community here is strong and they strive to make sure that it's a safe place for everyone to grow up.
Making a decision to start a family is a big step! Making a decision to move can be a HUGE step! You have to make sure that if you move you’ll have all the conveniences you’re used to and ones that you need, but this list is a great step in the right direction. Good luck and happy hunting!