In the midst of financial turmoil around the nation, Fort Mill retains its small town, suburban appeal – and a heck of a bargain according to one survey.
In a list published by "BusinessWeek," the former mill town turned suburban hotspot ranks among the top 10 most affordable suburbs.
The magazine considered the affordability of suburbs around the country and selected one suburb from each state that met the magazine’s criteria for affordability. Suburbs within 25 miles of a major city with populations of 5,000 to 60,000 people and median incomes of $51,000 to $120,000 were considered.
Ranking the suburbs was done by factors such as quality of education, crime rates, ease of commuting and availability of green space. Locales were penalized for poor weather, high divorce rates and lack of racial diversity. When the numbers were all in, Fort Mill ranked 10th among the most affordable suburbs.
Buddy Connor, a volunteer with the Fort Mill Council of the York Area Chamber of Commerce, wasn’t surprised to hear that Fort Mill was ranked high, especially with the school system considered among the criteria.
“I’d have to agree with that,” Connor said. “I lived in Charlotte and moved to Fort Mill in 1971. It was a small town then, not as busy as it is now, but Fort Mill has the best school system in the state. We graduate most of our students and they do well in college.”