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Overview
Population:40,533
Pop. Change:-7%
State: South Carolina
Metro Area: Sumter Metro Area
County: Sumter County
City:Sumter
Zip Code:29150, 29154, ... 4 total
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Sumter's Real Estate Market
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 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
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Sumter Metro Area

Profile: Military town

Location: East-central South Carolina, 45 miles east of Columbia

Elevation: 225

Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

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Small-town atmosphereCrime
Cost of livingEconomy
Central locationHot, humid summers

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 Pocatalico 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.

Interesting Facts about Sumter, South Carolina

As of 2014, Sumter's population is 40,533 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -7.30 percent.

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The median home cost in Sumter is $124,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.20 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Sumter's cost of living is 12.10% Lower than the U.S. average.

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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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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.


Ranked #24 America's Most (and Least) Stressful Cities (117 Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #106 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #274 2005 Best Places to Live
Ranked #348 Best Green Cities
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Map Of Sumter

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Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Sumter's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes