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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Sumter is a town in South Carolina with a population of 40,286. Sumter is in Sumter County. Living in Sumter offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Sumter there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Sumter and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$141,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$765
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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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
    744.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    10
    6.1
  • Rape
    30.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    132.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    942.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,536.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    215.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Sumter

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$38,562
National
$55,322

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Sumter Reviews

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I have lived in Sumter my entire life. The town can only be as great as it's inhabitants. It is possible to meet incredible people here, but most of them are aggressively Southern and seek wholeheartedly to protect certain traditions even if they are harmful to anyone outside of this "Southern culture". Sumter in itself has not a lot to offer. New people are mostly military families who were transferred to the local air force base. If you have the means to live somewhere less humid with a better education system in place, then please do.
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I came to live here with my mother around 2015. We moved back because it was where she grew up. She was disappointed almost imminently - and so was I. Apparently, it's nothing like it used to be. It's grown apathetic and crime-ridden. No one who works in the area cares. No one who lives in the area is happy. Anyone who seems to have life in them come from out of town. I went to school out of state just to get as far away from there as possible. It was literally killing me from the inside out. Mom says this place no longer feels welcoming - like home. And for me? It never did.
I've been in Sumter, SC since 2013. I moved to Sumter after getting married to my active-duty AF husband. I hate to report this- but this town is no good. The job market is terrible as well as the schools, hospital, shopping and safety. It is not connected to the interstate, so you will have to drive 30 min in either direction just to enter I95 or I77 which of course adds to your commute. The only positive I have been able to find is that the drive to the beach is quick and there is not a traffic problem here. I am from another town in SC- Lexington to be exact. The difference in life style and culture between the two has been hard for me to adapt to. I encourage you to do your own research on Sumter to formulate your own opinion...but myself?.. I can't wait to go elsewhere.