Sumter is a growing city, but it maintains small-town charm, giving residents a nice balance between the two. The population of about 40,000 is made up of a diverse group of retirees, newcomers, members of the Air Force, college students and families whose history in the area dates back centuries. The local Sumter school district has received state and national recognition as one of the best in the state. The downtown area features the historic district, which is home to multiple places listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Borough House Plantation, Carnegie Public Library, Sumter Town Hall and Salem Black River Presbyterian Church. Another amazing site in the city is Swan Lake Iris Gardens, a public park that is home to all known species of swans and is the host of the oldest state festival, the Iris Festival. The thriving downtown area is a cultural hot spot with an opera house, cultural center and art gallery.

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A typical small Southern town, Sumter, SC, runs along the banks of the Pocotaligo River and is located almost in the center of the state. The housing market boasts affordable homes of all sizes and styles, including condos and luxury estates. Subdivisions like Wintergreen and Gingko Hills offer safe neighborhoods for families, and they are also close to the Air Force base, making them ideal for those in the military. If you are interested in a quiet, established neighborhood, consider Pinedale.

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