Pros and Cons of Living in South Carolina

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Settled by the English in 1670, South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. constitution in 1788. Its early economy was predominantly agricultural, benefitting from the area's fertile soil, and plantation farmers relied on the slave trade for cheap labor to maximize their profits. By 1730, people of African descent made up two-thirds of the colony population. The state of South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1861 and was the site of the first shots of the Civil War–the shelling of the federally heldFort Sumter by Confederate troops on April 12, 1861. Today, the South Carolina coastline near Myrtle Beach has developed into one of the premier resort destinations on the East Coast and has over 100 golf courses. Famous South Carolinians include musicians James Brown, Chubby Checker, and Dizzy Gillespie, novelist Pat Conroy, boxer Joe Frazier, tennis champion Althea Gibson, politician Jesse Jackson and long-serving U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond.

If you have a hard time deciding whether to live in South Carolina or not, we got your back! We have gathered some of the pros and cons of living in the state, which can help you decide.

Here are some of the pros of living in South Carolina:

1. South Carolina is one of the most beautiful states in the country.

When you start living in South Carolina, then you will discover that the long coastline is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon when the sun is out. There are several barrier islands along the shore that help temper the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in many areas. You can also move inland to find numerous boutique farms, stables, and other places where the agricultural influences are strong. The gently rolling hills that begin as you move away from the coast are ideal for exploring, especially with the occasional historic town sprinkled in here and there.

2. Gas taxes in South Carolina are significantly lower.

The overall transportation needs in South Carolina are lower because the taxes on fuel (including diesel) are considerably less than what they are in the surrounding region. In 2018, the state raised the gas tax to 20.75 cents per gallon, which is still one of the lowest in the entire country – and this was the first increase in almost 30 years. Georgia offers a 31.6 cents per gallon tax, while North Carolina takes 34.3 cents per gallon.

There is also a gas tax credit for which you might qualify based on the information supplied from your income tax return. You can claim a credit for up to two private passenger vehicles or motorcycles, and it is a refundable credit if you do not have any liabilities to pay.

Here are some of the cons of living in South Carolina;

1. Construction is a way of life in South Carolina.

Many people are looking at the advantages of moving to South Carolina and deciding to take the plunge. That has created a higher level of diversity in the state, but it is also causing significant construction issues that can be interruptive in numerous ways. It can be challenging to find a fast way to work when commuting. Residential developments are frequently noisy thanks to homebuilding activities. Nothing suggests this disadvantage will end soon, especially if you find yourself in places like the James Island Connector.

2. You will have a hurricane problem to think about when living here.

The weather in South Carolina is typically pleasant, but there is also an unpredictability factor that you will want to consider. You never really know what the average day might bring. It is not unusual to see thunderheads building along the east while the west offers blue skies and sunshine. Anyone driving a convertible in the state will need to be ready to expect the unexpected.

Significant hurricanes in the state have taken a considerable toll on South Carolina's communities over the year, with Hugo being the standard that responses are measured against. The Category 4 storm made landfall in 1989, causing over $7 billion in damages. Floyd, Irma, and Matthew created problems for residents, with evacuations creating transportation issues that were concerns then and still are.

Bonus: Here are more fun facts about South Carolina:

  1. The only major league baseball player to wear the name of his hometown on his uniform was pitcher Bill Voiselle. He wore number 96.
  2. The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame features champion thoroughbred flat racers and steeplechase horses trained in Aiken.
  3. The Black River Swamp Preserve is located near Andrews. This slow-moving river is characterized by high concentrations of organic carbon, which accounts for the tea-colored water and gives rise to the diverse habitats in its widespread floodplain.
  4. Batesburg-Leesville is home to the annual South Carolina Poultry Festival held in early May.
  5. South Carolina's smallest county is McCormick at 360 square miles, while the largest county is Horry at 1,134 square miles.
  6. A noble Catawba Indian who befriended early Camden settlers, King Haigler is often called "The Patron Saint of Camden." Today, he reigns over Camden in the form of a life-sized weather vane that graces the tower of what once was the circa-1886 Opera House.
  7. Chapin is known as the Capital of Lake Murray.
  8. Sumter has the largest Gingko farm in the world.
  9. Stretching 60 miles from Little River to Georgetown, South Carolina's Grand Strand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.
  10. The Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel was started in 1856 by a railroad company and is bored for more than a mile into the granite heart of fabled Stumphouse Mountain. The coming of the Civil War in 1859 ended the work on the project. Some years ago, Clemson University made Blue Mold Cheese in the tunnel successfully for the first time in the South.

Let us know if you find these pros and cons helpful in your decision to visit or move to South Carolina! Hit the comment section below!


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