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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Central is a town in South Carolina with a population of 5,161. Central is in Pickens County. Living in Central offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many young professionals live in Central and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Central are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$106,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$659
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    77%
  • Own
    23%
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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
    57.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    57.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    229.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,111.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    114.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    2%
  • 18-24 years
    43%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    6%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Central

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$26,623
National
$55,322
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Central Reviews

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During my time of living in Central, SC I’ve experienced the true meaning of how to live like a college student from my time of attending school, however the downfall to living in central is lack of housing, and high prices. Fellow college students and myself who attend and are seeking to attend Clemson University would benefit to more housing developments and lower housing costs!
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Central, SC is a small town up near Clemson, SC. I love it here because life moves a little slower, and traffic is almost non existent! I moved here from Charleston, SC and I regret nothing. I am a married father of two, so the fact that there is no night-life doesn't bother me. I recommend the area to young professionals or to those seeking an education from Clemson University.
Beautiful place! I moved here 2 years ago from Easley. I live in the country but am close to Clemson so it’s nice having options for shopping and dining. Lots of hiking places and running trails close by also.