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-Small-town atmosphere
-Cost of living
-Central location


-Hot, humid summers

What Bert Has To Say About Sumter Metro Area

Sumter, in the center of the state, is a small typically Southern town and county seat. Shaw Air Force Base and agriculture are the economic mainstays, but recent employment statistics and projections are weak. Downtown is nondescript but tidy with small areas of attractive housing mainly to the north.

Outdoor recreation is available nearby, notably at large Marion Lake to the south. There is little in the way of cultural amenities, intellectual stimulation or entertainment, but Sumter is 45 miles from Columbia and 100 miles from Charleston and Myrtle Beach. The area offers a low cost of living, a slow pace of life, and quality healthcare facilities, but not much else.

Sumter is located along the banks of the Pocotaligo River in an area of level and gently rolling terrain with pine forests and agricultural land. The climate is humid temperate influenced by mountains to the northwest and water to the southeast. Summers are consistently warm and humid, and nearby swampy areas breed large insect populations. The mountains and prevailing wind patterns block cool air masses from the northwest, although local afternoon thundershowers do occur. Winters are mild with brief cold outbreaks and rain. Fall is the most pleasant season.


Quick Facts About Sumter

    The unemployment rate in Sumter is 5.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Sumter jobs have Increased by 0.99 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Sumter's cost of living is 12.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Sumter's population is 40,533 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -7.30 percent.
    Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Sumter is $124,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.20 percent.
    Sumter public schools spend $11,055 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 10.7 students per teacher in Sumter.

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My husband and I have been stationed here for over 6 years now and? we love it. We enjoy the outdoors so there's always something to do around the area. It's the only... (read more)
A town that never fails to disappoint
Sumter is a poorly run city with a shrinking population and rampant poverty, drug abuse, domestic violence, police corruption, repressive religious zealotry(think Utah),... (read more)
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