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.
Millennials are moving to the Charleston area. Half of the places on our list are in the city or within 45 minutes of Charleston — from the city itself to North Charleston and small suburban cities. The city’s economy has been on the upswing and attracting the kind of tech startups that hire large numbers of millennials. Charleston’s waterfront, historic sites, museums, cultural centers, universities, restaurants, retail and, of course, beaches are also appealing.
They are jetsetters — or live near airports. South Carolina millennials can get away at a moment’s notice thanks to their proximity to the state’s airports. Five of the places on our list have airports within city limits including Aiken Municipal Airport, Berkeley County Airport, Charleston International Airport, Columbia Metropolitan Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
Best places for millennial job seekers in South Carolina
Charleston is an urban magnet for millennials — 30% of the population’s 123,000 people are young adults. It’s the biggest city on our list with a range of opportunities for job seekers. The city expects 11,000 new jobs in the region over the next two years, and over 25,000 new jobs in the next five years, according to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. The main job boom is expected to be in fields including computers, software, science and engineering, sales and marketing and also in the medical industry. Charleston is above all a port city, and boasts the fastest-growing facility in the country, according to the chamber.