Quality of Life


Quality of life can be measured by many factors. Income, education, art, availability of goods and services, convenience, climate, a healthy ecosystem, and innovative business and industry all contribute to the quality of life of a region.

The region offers residents the charm and simplicity of small town life with big city amenities like shopping, cultural arts, state of the art healthcare and many outdoor activities. In addition, with an annual average temperature of 63 degrees, there is a beautiful climate in which to enjoy it all.

Here are a few events and recreational activities residents and visitors enjoy.

Aiken County: Aiken Steeplechase

Twice a year, the Aiken Steeplechase racing event is held in downtown Aiken. Residents can come and enjoy horse races, carriage display, great food and family time. The races are sanctioned by the American Steeplechase Association and include, the Imperial Cup in March and the Holiday Cup in October. The March event is usually the second of three events known as “Aiken’s Triple Crown”, which starts with the Aiken Trials the weekend before and ends with Pacers & Polo the weekend after. These events, along with Aiken’s reputation of being an equestrian city, brings thousands of people from all over the country every year.

Edgefield County: Peach Festivals

In April, Johnston celebrates this spectacular display of nature with its annual Peach Blossom Festival. Main Street in the town of Johnson is filled with a parade, crafts, games, displays, concessions, rides and entertainment for all ages during the weekend festival. A few months later in June, Trenton’s annual Peach Festival draws thousands of people from all over the southeast.

Saluda County: Lake Murray

Home to a portion of Lake Murray, which has approximately 500 miles of shoreline and covers 50,000 acres, residents and recreational opportunities such as fishing or boating abound in Saluda County.

McCormick, SC: Strom Thurmond Lake

The county is characterized by its man-made lake, Thurmond Dam, named after Strom Thurmond, the longest-serving member of Congress to serve exclusively in the Senate. At full pool elevation, the lake comprises nearly 71,100 acres of water. It is a popular recreation area, attracting people from South Carolina and Georgia.

Augusta, GA: Home of the Masters Golf Tournament

Across the Savanah River, in Augusta, Georgia, is the Augusta National Golf Club, home to the Masters Golf Tournament. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and numerous other renown golf players have won this major championship. This invite-only tournament attracts around 300,000 patrons from all over the world every year. It also generates an annual profit of about $30 million, and greatly contributes to the local economy.

Learn more about our region’s Quality of Life by County:

Aiken County

Edgefield County

Saluda County

McCormick County

Available Sites & Buildings

If you’re thinking about bringing your business to South Carolina’s Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda region, we’re ready to accommodate you with a broad variety of existing facilities and ready-to-build sites.