Summerville

Summerville is a medium-sized city located primarily in Dorchester County, South Carolina. The city has around twenty neighborhoods and is the 7th largest community in the state. It is part of the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area. The city is known for its affordable housing, stable economy and lower taxes than many local municipalities. The city features a mix of Victorian homes, cottages, apartments and more. The majority of the youth of the city are educated at the schools of the Dorchester County School District. Around 53% of adults from this city have four-year degrees or more, which is well above the national education average for U.S. communities. The city is quite ethnically diverse, common ancestries among residents include Irish, English, Italian and Polish. English is the primary written and spoken language in the community, followed by Spanish and Taglog.

The first settlement in the area occurred shortly after the Revolutionary War. The settlement was known as Pineland Village and it was established in 1785. Summerville officially became town in 1847. The town motto simply says, Sacra Pinus Esto, which means “The Pine is Sacred”. Beginning in 1972, and continuing to the present, Summerville has been the home of the annual Flowerton Festival, the festival is the largest arts and crafts festival in the state of South Carolina.

Summerville is a comfortable upper-middle income community that spans 18.1 square miles. It has a mixed workforce of white and blue-collar workers, as well as a number of no-collar workers. The 2016 population was 50,730 and the population density was 2,405 people per square mile. In 2016, the estimated median household income was $58,268 and the estimated per capita income was $29,361. In the same year, the median house or condo value was $194,218, the mean price on all housing units was $221,614 and the median gross rent was $1,106. The average commute time for residents of the city is around 30-31 minutes. But many residents simplify their daily commutes by taking public transportation. The city is home to several sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Summerville Historic District, Old White House Ruins and Cemetery, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, Middleton Place and others. It is also home to Summer’s Corner, Nexton and other master-planned communities. These communities are designed to offer a wonderful mix of the live/work/play balance and have features things like multi-generational housing, trails for walking, jogging or biking, parks, green spaces, office buildings, businesses and entertainment options. Houses for sale in Summerville, come in a variety of styles, and prices. Other rental and leasable housing options like apartments, condominiums and more are also available in a variety of styles.

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