It seems a new survey comes out every week, announcing rankings for America’s cities and states on any number of topics from weight to walkability, romance to jobs, and just about everything in between.
Now, let’s face it, most of these surveys don’t seem terribly scientific. And in the grand scheme of things, the findings mean little more than bragging rights.
Still, it’s fun to see how the Palmetto State and its cities stack up against the rest of the United States.
So, just to entertain ourselves during this rather hot week, we decided to pull together a few rankings from surveys conducted by a variety of organizations over the past couple of years.
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Among the 50 U.S. states, South Carolina ranks:
Safest states to live
Best for doing business
People moving in from other states
Business startup activity
Best to be a taxpayer
Economic outlook (2015)
Best for women
Best school systems
How South Carolina’s cities rank against U.S. cities:
Myrtle Beach’s rank, 20 fastest-growing metro areas
Columbia’s rank, 14 best SEC college towns
Myrtle Beach’s rank, 20 trashiest spring break destinations
Myrtle Beach’s rank, 100 highest- appreciating cities
Columbia’s ranking, 100 metro areas with largest weight problems
Hilton Head’s rank, 20 fastest-growing metro areas
Charleston/North Charleston’s rank, 20 fastest-growing metro areas
Greenville’s rank, 10 best city parks (Falls Park on the Reedy)
Daufuskie Island’s rank, 16 sexiest beaches
Clemson’s rank, top 25 college football towns
Hilton Head Island’s rank, 10 best beaches
Greenville’s rank, 10 best downtowns
Greenville’s rank, 11 top barbecue cities
Greenville’s rank, 10 best urban bike paths (Swamp Rabbit Trail)
Survey information compiled from organizations including: WalletHub, Area Development, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo News, America’s Health Rankings, alec.org, Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, movoto.com, Fodors, livability.com, United Van Lines, Kauffman Foundation, Coed.com, Milk-Bone, U.S. Census Bureau, Gallup, Neighborhood Scout, United Health Foundation, Bleacher Report, Saturday Down South