Although the Great Recession hit South Carolina harder than most places, recent economic indicators show the state is making some headway, if slowly. While the unemployment rate hasn’t budged much in the past year, millennials here are primed to find jobs.
Young adults, or millennials, in South Carolina are attracted to the laid-back Southern lifestyle, coastal towns, thriving cities and lower rents throughout the state.
Some of the most successful businesses in the Palmetto State are in sectors such as aerospace, alternative energy, automotive manufacturing, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, distribution, food processing, forestry and wood products, plastics and chemicals as well as recreation, according to the state Department of Commerce. The Charleston metropolitan area, in particular, is seeing a rise in its millennial population as the tech industry moves in.
NerdWallet crunched the numbers for 66 cities and towns in South Carolina to determine the best places for millennial job seekers.
Best places for millennial job seekers in South Carolina
Ladson, a census-designated place in both Berkeley and Charleston counties, had one of the higher surges in its millennial population with an increase of 25% from 2010 to 2013. While it has the highest median rent on our list at $1,034, residents also have higher median salaries at nearly $50,000 a year. Ladson is primarily a bedroom community, but an auto manufacturer — General Dynamics — is based there. Ladson is bordered by both North Charleston and Summerville, and runs parallel to U.S. Route 78 and I-26. The best-known attractions in Ladson are the Coastal Carolina Fair held annually and the Exchange Park events center.