NerdWallet.com has completed a list of The Best Places for Homeownership in small metro areas for homeownership and the Grand Strand is number three on their list. They determined their list using three criteria: are homes available, can you afford to live there, and is the area growing.
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway is one of the fastest growing small metro areas on our list with population growth of 2.2%. The area’s high rate of homeownership and affordable housing make it a great place to settle down. The area is popular among retirees for its tax-friendliness, access to health care and abundance of recreational activities. Myrtle Beach is located in the heart of the Grand Strand and has received recognition as atop travel destination with popular tourist attractions including Myrtle Waves, the Myrtle Beach boardwalk and over 100 golf courses. Aside from tourism, economic growth in the region has been fueled by businesses in the aviation, marine, and manufacturing industries taking advantage of the area’s tax incentives and workforce training.
Columbia, SC also made the list in the 'The Best Medium-Sized Metro Areas for Homeownership' section. Hop on over to NerdWallet.com for the full write-up.