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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Gaffney is a town in South Carolina with a population of 12,526. Gaffney is in Cherokee County. Living in Gaffney offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Gaffney and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Gaffney are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$107,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$621
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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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
    585.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    15.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    62.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    148.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    998.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    5,399.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    686.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%

Working in Gaffney

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$30,114
National
$55,322
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It feels unfair to "rate" a town. But here I am, for a scholarship. I would rate my experience as 3-stars for the main issue of a clear lack of educational and health priority. As a vegan bike-commuter it's extremely difficult to get anywhere, let alone find food and resources that fit my way of life. However, It's very beautiful in Gaffney with lush wildlife and many gorgeous natural sites and views. The college campus is impressive with a historical downtown that that interesting to explore. Gaffney could use a lot more money and people that care about recycling, public transportation, public health, and education.
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Growing up in this "little big" town is nothing spectacular but definitely nothing boring. Gaffney has a downtown area that is currently trying to draw in new businesses and rejuvenate the main street area with local shops and new apartments. Despite this effort to promote "newness", Gaffney still honors it's past history. The town boast a Historical and Arts Preservation Society that is active in curating a museum dedicated to local history while the local American Legion post maintains a museum dedicated to the wars America has fought in. This attention to preserving the past while continuing to grow with the future makes Gaffney a unique town where there is truly something for everyone.
Gaffney is a small town that has everything around. First of all, it has Limestone College, which is a very good educational institute, and some entertaining areas such as the “Yellow Mall” and the “Big E” where people go for cinema and play different games with their kids. Gaffney is a very practic town because you have everything around you!