FORT MILL TOWNSHIP — A blog written by Movoto Real Estate included Fort Mill Township on its list of the “10 best places in South Carolina with a population of over 10,000.”
The township came in at No. 9, just before Goose Creek. No other York County community made the list and only Rock Hill, at No. 39 – was among the top 50. Five Forks was ranked No. 1.
Although the listing indicates the ranking goes to the greater township area, the explanation referenced only the town of Fort Mill. According to the blog, Movoto picked Fort Mill because it “is a delightful town of just over 11,000 residents, making it the smallest on our list. But, according to the Fort Mill website, it is one of the fastest growing communities in the state, and for good reason. Fort Mill has all the educational, cultural, and dining benefits of being close to the Charlotte metropolitan area, but it also acts as its own, close-knit community. In fact, with so many amenities in Fort Mill, you don't really have to venture outside of town unless you want to.”
Communities were judged on the following criteria:
• Total Amenities
• Quality of Life (cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, and student to teacher ratio)
• Total Crimes
• Tax Rates (sales tax and income tax)
• Commute Time
After assigning points based on criteria, communities were given an overall “big deal score” that determined the final positions on the list.
Movoto’s review also cited Fort Mill for having the best bang for the buck, noting, “it is also the most affordable place in our top 10.” Fort Mill was ranked No. 1 in the weather category for having a high air quality score and “a low average summer temperature of 76 degrees,” though residents might have a bone to pick over that assessment after experiencing prolonged heatwaves during recent summers.
A company spokesman, Chad Stiffney, said the rankings are objective and no one outside the company can lobby for or otherwise influence positioning on the list.
“Our criteria was all that went into these ranking,” Stiffney said. “No one associated with the towns or locations had any influence on the rankings.”
Michael Harrison • 803-547-2353