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If you’re looking for a great place to live in South Carolina, you’ll love Lancaster County! As the fastest-growing county in South Carolina, this part of the state isn’t slowing down any time soon. Whether you’re a newcomer or a current resident, a new business owner or a well-established entity, you’ll agree that Lancaster County offers a wholesome lifestyle. 


Here are just a few reasons why this is a great place to build your dream home and live your best life.


1) Proximity to Charlotte & Columbia


Lancaster County is located approximately 40 miles south of Charlotte, NC, and 60 miles north of Columbia, SC. You can be at the beach, the mountains, or any number of the South’s largest cities in just a couple hours — without having to hop on a plane! Myrtle Beach, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and bustling cities like Charleston and Atlanta are all within driving distance. Lancaster County covers 549 square miles and comprises communities such as Lancaster, Kershaw, Van Wyck, and Heath Springs.


2) Low Cost of Living


Lancaster County is an affordable place to live compared to much of the U.S. Based on housing, food, healthcare, transportation, and energy needs, the cost of living in South Carolina is 6.6% lower than the US average. According to MIT, the required living wage for a family of four with two working parents in South Carolina is $83,827 vs the national average for a family of four with two working parents of $89,744. The median income of a South Carolina household is $54,864. You can build a new home in Lancaster County starting from just $199,800. 


3) Mild Weather & Outdoor Recreation


The summers are hot and the winters are mild (temperatures rarely dip below freezing), so residents get to enjoy outdoor recreation all year round. Locals enjoy plenty of sporting and fitness activities in Lancaster County’s Parks. The Twelve Mile Creek Trail follows the path of the Catawba River as part of the Carolina Thread Trail system. And Landsford Canal State Park offers fishing and boating on the river, hiking along the trails, birdwatching and geocaching. There’s also a paddling trail for kayaks and canoes. The Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve features an impressive 14-acre granite rock, as well as hiking trails and creeks. It is home to local wildlife and unique plants. 



4) Plenty To Do


Aside from the great outdoors, there’s plenty to do in Lancaster County. Andrew Jackson State Park commemorates the life of the seventh president of the United States. Spanning 360 acres, it features an on-site museum, artifacts, weapons demonstrations and lectures. The Red Rose Festival every May celebrates Lancaster’s rich heritage with food, live entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s rides, a 5K and more. And the Lancaster Speedway is known as the fastest half-mile dirt track in the South, hosting a range of racing events, from NASCAR-sanctioned races to SECA Crate Sportsman and Super Stock. 


5) Friendly People


It’s the South, so the people are friendly! Even if they’re not originally from the county, the residents here have all adopted a sense of Southern hospitality. Expect a greeting when you pass someone on the street, or a friendly wave from a neighbor on their front porch. It’s part of the culture and a big reason people love living here!


If you’re interested in living in Lancaster County, you can build a brand new home here, on your land, for a lot less than you might think. Get in touch with Value Build Homes to learn how to find land, choose a floor plan, and build your dream home in Lancaster County, SC.