B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  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
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$133,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$737
National
$928
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
    539
    0
  • Murder
    10
    0
  • Rape
    2
    41
  • Robbery
    156
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,297
    1
  • Theft
    3,048
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    219
    0

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,808
National
$53,889
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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Sumter Reviews

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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.
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I have lived in Sumter for about a year now and my experience has been lack luster. There isn't much of a night life scene or downtown atmosphere at all. If you're looking for that, you typically will need to drive to Columbia which is a minimum 45 minutes away. Shaw AFB brings a lot of diversity to the area but because of airmen moving out of the dorms and off base, landlords take advantage of the system knowing what BAH typically runs and charges rent at that or more for homes/apartments that aren't worth half that. Safety around and on base in great but once you get off, there are some bad areas to avoid like any neighborhoods.
I've lived in Sumter for three years, and it's been an interesting place to live. While there are plenty of shops and a few places to go (Sumter Speedway), the city is pretty small. The Air Force Base and Continental Tire employ the largest number of workers. Schools are not great, but plenty of room for improvement.