South Carolina teacher gets a geography lesson.

She can’t afford to live near the school that employs her.

When people can’t afford to live close to where they work, we all end up with longer commutes that create more traffic on state roads. Housing matters when it comes to easing traffic congestion and time wasted in our cars.

Unwelcome realty.

Hospitality workers are traveling farther to work due to high housing prices.

Late arrivals and more no shows are what to expect when hospitality staffers can’t afford to live near the hotels, restaurants and attractions employing them. Housing matters to South Carolina’s thriving tourism industry.

Finding a job after college is hard.

Finding one that pays enough to cover the cost of rent is another story.

Many young professionals moving to South Carolina must spend nearly half their income on housing costs, making employee recruitment more challenging than ever. Housing matters to the attraction and retention of young residents to the state.

It’s the truth. Whenever rents increase, some children lose their place in the classroom.

Every time housing costs rise, some families earning lower wages are forced to move and their children are forced to attend another school, sometimes two and three times a year. Housing matters when it comes to a better education for children.

Firemen climbing the housing ladder are getting doused by soaring housing costs.

We don’t expect a rookie fireman to be able to afford the same housing options as a veteran fire chief, but we should expect for them both to be able to afford housing in the town in which they work. Housing matters to our local workforce at every step on their career path.

Feel like you’re being priced out of the housing market?

You’re not alone. Wages aren’t keeping pace with housing costs in our state, which means more people are paying rent and mortgages they can’t afford or commuting across crumbling state roads to find housing they can afford. Housing matters to everyone’s quality of life.

South Carolina Housing Stats


The hourly amount a South Carolina household must earn to afford a two-bedroom rental unit at HUD’s Fair Market Rent.


33% of homeowners and 52% of renters are living in homes they really can’t afford ­— spending over 30% of income on housing costs.


Shortage of units affordable and available for extremely low income renters in South Carolina.