Florence, SC, is a classic Southern town. It is the largest city in the county, and it is filled with residential homes that match the city’s suburban feel. Few multifamily dwellings will be found here, as most of the homes are on quarter-acre or larger lots. A smaller population of 37,000 means space is abundant. Homes tend to be large and perfect for raising families, and front porches and friendly neighborhoods are the norm in this charming town.
Florence is considered the economic center of the region. Originally built as a railroad cross section, the city has grown as a transportation and shipping hub. Major manufacturers, such as Honda, GE, Maytag and Dupont, all have production and distribution centers in the area. The region also hosts large medical providers, including McLeod, Carolinas Hospital System and HealthSouth. The high number of large employers lends Florence to see unemployment rates well below the national average, and because they are in the city limits, the average commute time is only 19 minutes. Beyond that, the smaller population density allows schools in the city to employ one teacher for every 10.5 students, so students have the advantage of more personal attention.
Florence still adheres to the slow-paced Southern lifestyle of its past. Downtown has light traffic and is very pedestrian friendly. Local cuisine ranges from seafood to Indian with enough variety to satisfy any palate. With summer highs in the low 90s and winter lows in the low 40s, Florence makes outdoor activities attractive all year long. Outdoor markets, parks and museums provide enjoyable activities that match the Florence lifestyle. On top of that, the city also boasts three golf courses as well as local Civil War historical sites. Besides the numerous outdoor activities, Florence is a frequent stop for musicians on tour; performers at the Florence Civic Center include Willie Nelson, Erica Campbell, Mary J. Blige and many more. If that isn’t enough, the city is also known for catering to local artists and crafters. Every year, the city hosts one of the South’s best art festivals: ArtFields. With the nearest urban population at least an hour’s drive away, the city embraces all that is rural and suburban. Browse our listings to find your perfect home.