South Carolina Housing Market Vitality

Market Rank

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South Carolina metro area house prices are forecasted to underperform the national market over the next twelve months. Currently, the market is tracking the overall U.S. market. Compared to 12-months ago, South Carolina’s housing market has strengthened. Current local economic conditions support an estimated 6.3% increase in house prices over the next twelve months. Based on the housing market vitality of the ten metro housing markets which comprise it, South Carolina’s housing market ranks fortieth amongst all states and D.C. The three-month outlook is negative.

Housing Market Vitality

Housing Market Vitality summarizes the impact of economic conditions on house prices. A value of 100 corresponds to conditions supporting current price appreciation; values less than 100 correspond to a dampening effect and values greater than 100 indicate a positive impact on house prices. A housing market vitality value can be interpreted as a growth rate. Hence, a reading of 105.8 can be interpreted as a 5.8% annualized increase in house prices.

South Carolina Metro Housing Markets

South Carolina is comprised of ten metro housing markets that account for nearly 84% of the state’s population. The Palmetto State metro housing markets are unique in their demographics and local economies and exhibit trends that are distinct from the national and state narrative. Each metro market presents its own unique opportunity.

METRO AREA SITUATION OUTLOOK US METRO RANK (/402)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Outperforming Neutral 197
Charleston-North Charleston, SC Tracking Neutral 231
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Outperforming Neutral 111
Columbia, SC Underperforming Negative 318
Florence, SC Tracking Negative 224
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Tracking Negative 239
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Outperforming Negative 186
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC Outperforming Neutral 149
Spartanburg, SC Tracking Negative 187
Sumter, SC Outperforming Negative 160

Industry Specialization

South Carolina’s state economy is specialized in Construction, Leisure Hosp, and Manufacturing. Mining, Information, and Edu Health svcs industry sectors are less important to the state economy compared to the national economy.

Industry specialization helps explain the differing impact of industry trends on local economies in contrast to industry composition which describes the structure of the economy. A Specialization Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the sector having a greater share of the state economy than it does of the national economy. Sectors with a Specialization Index greater than 120 characterize the local economy.

Demographics

Compared to the U.S., there is a higher incidence of poverty amongst South Carolina residents and they have less purchasing power. There are more high school graduates and a smaller proportion of the population is college educated. South Carolina’s population is comparatively more diverse than the overall U.S. population.

A Demographics Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the factor being more intense in the state versus the national average. Characteristics of the local population is a longer-term factor that influences the housing market.

Updated July 30, 2021 with data through June 2021