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This Columbia-area town is one of the most family-friendly SC cities, study says

The town of Lexington’s downtown farmer’s market opened its summer season on Saturday. The market features locally grown foods and locally produced artisan items, both to encourage eating local, fresh produce and supporting local artisans.
The town of Lexington’s downtown farmer’s market opened its summer season on Saturday. The market features locally grown foods and locally produced artisan items, both to encourage eating local, fresh produce and supporting local artisans. gmelendez@thestate.com

Lexington was named one of the 10 best places in South Carolina to raise your family, according to a new Wallethub study.

The study — which measured 50 Palmetto State cities using metrics like affordability and education rank — named Lexington the seventh-best place for families.

To rank South Carolina cities by family-friendliness, researchers analyzed metrics like number of attractions in an area, share of families with children, quality of the school system, pediatricians per capita, violent-crime rate, housing affordability, separation or divorce rate, unemployment rate and the share of families living in poverty, according to the study.

Lexington ranked sixth in overall affordability and ninth in overall education, health and safety, but ranked lower in overall family life and fun and socioeconomic rank, according to the study.

While the Seven Oaks area in Lexington County was the only other Columbia-area city to break the top 10 — it ranked ninth — other areas scored high in individual metrics, according to the study.

Columbia tied for first in most attractions, ranking with places like Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, Greenville and North Myrtle Beach. On the other hand, Cayce was one of the lowest-ranked cities for attractions.

Forest Acres was ranked third for highest median family income, which was adjusted for the cost of living, according to the study. Seven Oaks and Irmo ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, for most affordable housing in the state.

Here’s how other Columbia-area cities ranked overall:

7. Lexington

9. Seven Oaks

15. Forest Acres

20. Irmo

28. West Columbia

32. Columbia

36. Cayce

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