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The Charleston region has some of the priciest ZIP codes in South Carolina with Sullivan's Island leading the way. Warren L. Wise/Staff

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7 of top 10 priciest housing ZIP codes in SC in Charleston area

People often talk about how expensive it is to live in Mount Pleasant, but it's not the priciest place to live in South Carolina. That distinction belongs to its eastern neighbor, Sullivan's Island, according to new rankings from UnitedStatesZipCodes.org.

Median housing costs per month at the seaside enclave come in at $2,433, the highest in the Palmetto State.

The report, based on major costs paid by owners such as mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, utilities and condo fees as well as major costs for renters that include contract rent and utilities, shows seven of the priciest 10 ZIP codes in the state are in the Charleston area. 

Data came from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey with five-year estimates for 2017.

Daufuskie Island in Beaufort County comes in second-most expensive at $2,099 a month. Sullivan's coastal neighbor to the north, Isle of Palms, takes a bow at No. 3 with residents paying $1,915 a month in median housing costs. A central Columbia ZIP code ranks No. 4 at $1,773 a month.

Northern Mount Pleasant, which includes mostly new housing developments in the area north of the Isle of Palms connector and Boone Hall Plantation, rounds out the top five at $1,737 a month, while southern Mount Pleasant is No. 8 most expensive at $1,518 a month.

Two city of Charleston ZIP codes made the top 10. The area south of Calhoun Street on the tip of the peninsula ranked No. 6 at $1,720 a month for housing while the area encompassing Daniel Island and along Clements Ferry Road came in at No. 7 at $1,705 a month.

Part of Fort Mill near Rock Hill and Charlotte ranked No. 9 with housing costs at $1,448 a month. Rounding out the top 10 was Charleston Air Force Base in North Charleston at $1,423 a month.

Other parts of the city of Charleston as well as Goose Creek, Hanahan, Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Johns Island and Summerville also made the top 50. ZIP codes do not follow municipal boundaries, and some include parts of nearby unincorporated areas.

The median housing costs for the entire state is $820 a month. The cheapest top 50 location was in Columbia at $982 a month.

And if you want to escape to a place where median housing costs are really low, try the tiny, crossroads town of 215 people called Scotia in Hampton County in the southern part of the state. There, housing costs a mere $265 a month.

The other four cheapest places to live in South Carolina include Gloverville in Aiken County, Arcadia in Spartanburg County, Patrick in Chesterfield County and Liberty Hill in Kershaw County. The median price in all of them is under $377 a month. Click here for the full report.



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By the numbers

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4,858: Square footage of new upscale Italian restaurant Savi Cucina + Wine Bar opening at 11 a.m. today in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

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Upcoming real estate events

  • Home ownership classes: Origin SC offers free classes on home ownership, budgeting and tips for first-time homebuyers at different times and places for the rest of November.

  • Realtor orientation: Charleston Trident Association of Realtors will offer an orientation class for agents, managers and appraisers, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 3.

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Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.