Homesteading in South Carolina

Homesteading in South Carolina – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

homesteading in south carolina

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $3,010


Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!


Pros: You can almost grow something all year round.

Cons: It gets HOT here ! And I love Cold weather !

Lori 1o acres



2 thoughts on “Homesteading in South Carolina

  • July 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I have to agree with Lori above, it does get very hot here in the summer. That’s about the only bad thing I can say about the place. However, I was born and raised in SC, so I’m probably a little biased. We have a super long growing season, starting around the end of may, and the frost usually won’t come back until well into October, sometimes even November. Our winters are usually very mild, so even after the frost hits, it’s still no problem for cold weather crops, such as kale, collards, broccoli, and other leafy greens. You’ll never have to worry about digging them out of snow, that’s for sure. Our soil here is very nice. In the coastal plains anyways. I do know that if you get upstate towards the mountains, it does start to get very rocky and a large amount of clay. There are lots of farms though in the south east part of the state, because of our healthy fertile soil. Taxes here aren’t terrible, but I’ve never lived anywhere else to compare it too. Our new property is 4 acres, with an 1800 sqft house, taxes last year were 320 dollars, but that included another 6 acres, since the property was sold in the middle of the year. I’ll give a more updated number when I get the bill this year. One thing I do hate, is that you have to pay property taxes on your vehicle every year, seems a little overbearing to me that you’re really never allowed to own anything. We are expecting our first little one this year, and we definitely plan on homeschooling, however, we haven’t looked to much into the different programs, or what’s involved, so I can give an accurate report on the subject yet. Most of the people who live here are some of the friendliest you’ll meet, always greeting you with a smile and wave, and you’ll always hear yes ma’am, no ma’am. Most people here still have manners, and not very many won’t be willing to jump in and help neighbors with anything. Again, I was born and raised here, so I’m probably biased, but I won’t leave here for anything (unless it stops snowing in Alaska.)

  • July 26, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I have lived here in south carolina down near myrtle beach for 11 yrs,I have a pond,many gardens and a greenhouse.Yes it is really hot here half the year but fall and winter can be really nice.Its great when I talk to my relatives in new england and they have snow and we are in shorts and 70 in january.But….the humidity is horrible,because I live down next to the swamps we have alot of bugs and plants here get diseased really easy with the weather.I have to grown all my tomatoes in my greenhouse because the blite and wilt is really bad here because we do get alot of rain we are just like florida you can expect thundershowers in the afternoons and we do have a rain season that has flooded my yard and garden many times.Are soil is alot of clay and because the sun bakes are dirt bad during the summer you have to keep feeding or buying compost.Another bad thing like this year we are really hot and everything is dying another thing about living somewhere hot.If your going to live in south carolina and homestead I would suggest going up state to the greenville area where its a little cooler and not as much humidity because they are sounded by mountains.


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