Analysis: Spartanburg named No. 2 job market, 10th most affordable place to live in United States – Spartanburg Herald Journal

Spartanburg is among the top 10 places to live and work in the nation, according to  recent analysis of 155 U.S. cities and metro areas.
California-based GoodHire, a background screening software company, examined wage growth, unemployment, job growth, job openings, rental and real estate prices as well as per capita personal income of metro areas with workforces of more than 150,000 to find the most affordable places to live and work.
Spartanburg ranked 10th, which according to chamber leader Allen Smith comes as no surprise.
“While people’s preferences have changed over the years, affordability and job availability are still the top two factors in determining where people want to live,” said Smith, president and CEO of OneSpartanburg, Inc. “It’s one of the many reasons why 15 people are moving to Spartanburg County every day.”
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The accolade is the latest for Spartanburg. Last year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Spartanburg as the 24th best place to live out of 150 cities in the nation.
GoodHire used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis to come up with its list of Top 10 most affordable cities.
Ranked first was Sioux Falls, S.D., followed by Reno, Nev., Provo-Orem, Utah, Madison, Wis., Huntsville, Ala., Charleston-North Charleston, Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark., Ogden-Clearfield, Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Spartanburg.
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The five least affordable of 155 metro areas were Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif., Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, Conn., Corpus Christi, Texas, Bakersfield, Calif., and Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
GoodHire also listed the Top 10 cities for growing job markets, and Spartanburg ranked second, just behind Reno, Nev., and ahead of other Top 10 cities such as Savannah, Ga., Naples and Palm Bay, Fla., and Phoenix, Ariz.
“Joining the likes of Salt Lake City as a top 10 community … is no surprise to us,” Smith said. “Last year, the 10-county Upstate region recruited 8,941 new jobs. With 4,045 new jobs, Spartanburg accounted for 45% of the entire region’s job growth.”
With job growth and an unemployment rate of just 3.1%, comes the need to continue making Spartanburg an affordable and great place to live, Smith said.
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“We have more jobs than people, which is why population growth is critically important to longer-term economic expansion,” he said. “Thanks to our community’s collaborative spirit, a motivated private sector and pro-business elected officials, South Carolina’s economic development story over the past several years has been written in Spartanburg County.”
Ray Crotts, president of the Spartanburg Association of Realtors, noted that Spartanburg did not make the top 10 in the category of “most affordable housing markets.”
“This shows me our job market must be incredibly hot and our overall cost of living has to be well below most other areas of the U.S.,” Crotts said. “I was a little shocked at Charleston being named number six. While it is a great place to live and enjoy, I’ve never thought of it as an affordable place.”
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the median salary in Spartanburg County for 2020 was $53,485.
According to BestPlaces.net, based on a U.S. average of 100 the cost of living index for Spartanburg is 80.2, meaning Spartanburg is cheaper overall than the U.S. average. It is also cheaper than South Carolina’s index of 88.5.
Last year, U.S. News & World Report mentioned several attractions that make Spartanburg the 24th best place to live in the U.S., and the best place in South Carolina.
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