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What Bert Has To Say About Florence Metro Area

Florence has a thriving economy as a transportation and distribution center with manufacturing and agriculture added to the mix. The main transportation routes from the north and east split at this point, continuing inland to Atlanta and down the coast to Savannah and into Florida. Manufacturers include Honda, GE, Maytag, DuPont, and Southeastern Steel. The town is typically Southern with a simple grace and slow pace. The downtown business district is plain and has some historic interest.

While it’s far from big-city services and amenities, the town does have a modest set of local arts assets. The McLeod Regional Medical Center adds a significant health care presence. Darlington Raceway 5 miles north is an active NASCAR track, and a series of state parks offer some recreation in the piney hills to the northwest. The area is strong financially with an attractive Cost of living Index and healthy recent job growth.

Florence is at the edge of the Coastal Plain where the land begins to rise to a wooded, rolling terrain. Predominant vegetation is pine forest with sections cleared for agriculture. The temperate climate is influenced by mountains to the northwest and the Atlantic 50 miles to the southeast. Warm, moist air and low elevation keep summers hot, sticky, and wet. Winter weather is typically cool and damp but not excessively cold, although nighttime lows frequently drop below zero.


Quick Facts About Florence

    The unemployment rate in Florence is 5.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Florence jobs have Decreased by 0.03 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Florence's cost of living is 9.00% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Florence's population is 36,961 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -4.11 percent.
    Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Florence is $119,100. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.10 percent.
    Florence public schools spend $9,790 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 10.5 students per teacher in Florence.

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re: Worst Town Ever!!! - 1/6/2011
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Florence is a great place to work and live in SC. It offers an excellent hospital system, adequate interstate infrastructure, and decent shopping. It has an... (read more)
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