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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Aiken is a town in South Carolina with a population of 30,277. Aiken is in Aiken County and is one of the best places to live in South Carolina. Living in Aiken offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Aiken there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Aiken and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Aiken are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$175,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$874
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Aiken Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    353
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    89.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    73.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    931.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,548.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    269.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Aiken

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$53,433
National
$55,322
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If you are lucky enough to live in Aiken, you're lucky enough! This saying is so completely true! Small town feel, but lots of room to roam. Great green spaces; Hopeland Gardens, Hitchcock Woods, Citizens Park, O'dell Weeks walking track and disc golf park, Aiken State Park, Boyd Pond State Park...the list goes on. Fantastic venues for music and delicious food and drink abound. There is always something wonderful happening in Aiken, SC, after all it was voted the South's Best Small Town by Southern Living Magazine!
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Aiken is a sweet Southern Equestrian town on the boarder of Augusta, Ga.
Since it's tucked away from all the hustle and bustle's of big city life, they're full of sweetness, uniquenes, and rich history. Definitely has what you may expect, from the neighbors gathering on their front porches drinking sweet tea watching the colorful S. Carolina sky as the sun dips below the horizon. There's a celebrations that anyone will enjoy, like block parties, tours, and farmer's and craft markets. Most important event to note is Aiken's famous Steeplechase held in the Spring since 1930! Big Hats, cocktails and fast horses!
I love the fact that there is much culture, history, and engaging activities to immerse yourself into. The educational system here is excellent and there are many employment opportunities for a smaller area. There is a friendly and diverse mix of people here that provides a welcoming environment. This is a very safe area with lots of living options for homebuyers as well. Overall, I feel that Aiken is a wonderful and has something for just about family large or small!