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Living in Sumter

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Located in the heart of the state, Sumter is just a short drive from the mountains and in the other direction from the ocean. Sumter, South Carolina straddles the Sandhills, Pee Dee, and Lowcountry regions making for an ideal place to call home.


With nature as its backdrop, Sumter’s residents can take advantage of outdoor activities such as boating, birding, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, and horseback riding. And being home to Shaw Air Force Base, cultural diversity is found right here in our community. Our vibrant community is well-loved for its events and festivals, memorable dining experiences, employment and industry opportunities, history, and heritage.

Learn more about Sumter, by viewing the Guide to Sumter below. 

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Not many cities can boast of a beautiful historic Opera House in the center of town, but then few cities provide Sumter’s harmonious blend of old and new, tradition and innovation.

In addition to being an ideal location for growing a business, Sumter County is a great place to raise a family. With a population of more than 108,000 residents, Sumter County has the population to support most big-city amenities like museums, theatres and music venues, while maintaining a feel of Small Town, USA.


Sumter County is home to an arts and cultural scene that has seen a lot of growth in recent years. For instance, Sumter's Little Theatre recently completed a million-dollar expansion, while the City of Sumter began hosting live comedy shows at the Historic Opera House.


Sumter County is also home to some world-class nature-based amenities, like Manchester State Forest, Poinsett State Park and Woods Bay State Natural Area. These public places feature equestrian activities, hiking, boating, kayaking and other healthy, family-friendly activities.

Source: Sumter Economic Development

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