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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 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
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
    618.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    31.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    154.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    868.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,462.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    181.6
    284
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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'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.
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Sumter is a beautiful, military-friendly county. It is a small county with small city charm. There are many parks to enjoy the outdoors with family, friends, and animals. There are many shops that sell local vendor material. If you are looking to enjoy small city charm, great southern hospitality, and outdoor acclivities Sumter is the place to visit.
It is just like every other town, some people are genuine and nice others are mean. I just wish Sumter was a little bit more modern because the closest Target is an hour away!