There's a place for everyone in the Palmetto State, and plenty to pique any area of interest
Living in South Carolina comes with dozens of advantages – a mild climate, an affordable cost of living and plenty of job opportunities, just to name a few. Residents enjoy an unparalleled quality of life that makes putting down roots in the Palmetto State an easy choice.
In addition, the state is filled with diverse cities and communities that cater to nearly every interest, which means there’s a perfect place for just about everyone.
Top Spots for All Ages and Stages of Life
Charleston is a favorite destination for millennials, thanks to its technology-driven, entrepreneurial economy, as well as its wide variety of nightlife and cuisine options.
Young families are typically drawn to the state’s suburban communities near large metro areas which have great schools, affordable housing and high-quality amenities.
Finally, South Carolina is also a top choice for retirees, as it lays claim to places like Bluffton, Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach, each known for fun in the sun, excellent golf courses and plenty of natural beauty. Another great retirement destination is Beaufort, a charming town in the Lowcountry with a 304-acre National Historic District.
Always Something Fun to Do
The Palmetto State is known for its can’t-miss culinary scene, which includes an array of barbecue joints. Known to many as the birthplace of American barbecue, South Carolina is the only state in the U.S. that has four official barbecue sauces, including a mustard-based sauce that is unique to the state. A free South Carolina BBQ Trail Map with more than 220 family-friendly restaurants is available for those who wish to try every 'cue variety the state has to offer.
Additionally, South Carolina is home to several craft breweries, wineries and other beverage-makers, creating drinks like sweet tea and Blenheim Ginger Ale. As a result, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism – also known as Discover South Carolina – recently created the free South Carolina Satisfy Your Thirst Tour Guide that maps out a beverage-centric excursion across the state and is available via a smartphone app and a downloadable map.
Eager to enjoy the great outdoors? You’re in luck. South Carolina has a seemingly endless range of outdoor opportunities, including challenging golf courses, pristine beaches, mountains and state parks.
One of the best attributes of South Carolina is the size of the state. A visitor can experience the Lowcountry and in the same day travel to the Upstate and have a very different experience. From our numerous outdoor activities and offerings to our unique art scene, diverse culture, delicious cuisine and rich history, the state truly has something for everyone.