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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Clemson is a suburb of with a population of 15,966. Clemson is in Pickens County and is one of the best places to live in South Carolina. Living in Clemson offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Clemson there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Clemson and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Clemson are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$228,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$923
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    12.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    12.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    24.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    152
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,544.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    219
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    40%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    7%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Clemson

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,021
National
$55,322
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Clemson Reviews

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I moved here as a child, have lived in Clemson for over 20 years now. I used to think that this was probably one of the better places to live in the US, at least until I started working downtown near campus as of last year. My only complaint before was trying to commute in/out of the city for work during rush times because there are way too many people for the roads to handle. I have noticed that Clemson University is a place that values money over any thing else. A good portion of the students are from out of state, and act way different than the southerners that reside here. The biggest problem is that the only night life is bars, and you'll have streets packed like sardines full of screaming, drunk college kids every single night including weekdays. In some cases it becomes impossible to drive because they just stand in the road and sometimes will just jump in front of your car as a prank. Alcohol is a serious problem here. My best advice is live in Clemson, work elsewhere.
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Clemson is a great place for family and friends to explore hiking, great food, and fun college life around the town! Locals are super friendly and can show you the best places to eat. I love going to YourPie for some great pizza in downtown Clemson. There is also the cutest boutiques downtown that I and my girlfriends love shopping at on our free time.
We moved here from Athens,Ga about 8 months ago. Nice people but nothing to do. Not sure what all the hype is about. Be ready to drive at least 25 minutes to do anything. The CFA, Starbucks and Zaxbys stay so packed with the slowest service EVER that it’s just not worth going. I usually drive to Anderson or Easley to take my kids to CFA. If you want to do ChuckECheese, mall shopping, or any fun kid activities, you need to drive an hour to Greenville. The parks are just okay. We do love Clemson Elementary and Edwards middle. Lots of nice people, just don’t understand what you would move to this town for unless you are going to the University.🤷🏻‍♀️