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
In Greenville, a city in upstate South Carolina, millennials make up 28% of the population. Residents here are fortunate to see some of the lowest rents on our list at $749 a month. The biggest employers in Greenville include Greenville Health System, School District of Greenville County, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Michelin North America, GE Power & Water, as well as the county, state and federal governments. The city, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is famous for its unique Liberty Bridge and quaint, revitalized downtown. Several festivals are held every year including events dedicated to arts and crafts, comedy, comic books and science fiction, STEM activity, culinary arts and Shakespeare.