B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  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
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$134,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$748
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%

Sumter Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    538
    283
  • Murder
    7
    6
  • Rape
    2
    41
  • Robbery
    122
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    954
    500
  • Theft
    2,976
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    147
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,538
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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Sumter is a boring place to grow up, a good place to raise a family, and a decent place to retire. I grew up here, and my friends and I always tried to plan fun things to do around getting out of Sumter. However, I could see where in a different stage of life, things could be better. This could probably be said about many medium sized towns, but it felt especially true in Sumter. One thing that always irked me about Sumter is I felt that many people were very snoody or dismissive of anyone that wasn't categorically Southern. I did not experience "Southern hospitality" here, even though I was born in Sumter and spent two decades living there. The public schools are decent, most parts of Sumter are safe. Like any other place just use common sense. Also you are positioned nicely as the beach and mountains are only about two hours away each. You better enjoy that positioning, because it just is terribly bland.
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I grew up in Sumter County. My family moved here after we received military orders to come to Shaw AFB. We ended up staying here for 6+ years and just made it our home. Looking at it on the map, it appears very small but it is made of lots of different areas. You will see different cultures of people depending on where you are. There is tons of land, so you can build a house (which most people do) and get a good price for it and have privacy. It also is not too far from Columbia or Florence and two popular beach cities in SC (Charleston and Myrtle Beach) where you can go if you need something that more than likely is not available in our in-town mall.
I came to Sumter to live in a recovery community. I have fallen in love with the recovery community in Sumter. However, I have always lived in towns bigger than this one. I really miss having better grocery stores near me. But I do really enjoy the lack of traffic that occurs here. There are also plenty of pars near here. Swan lake is a beautiful little park, that everyone here seems to enjoy. I also really enjoy how there are some families that are trying to build up down town. I believe this shows town pride. The cost of living is also very low in this town, compared to the last one I lived.