News briefs ranked the City of Florence No. 1 in the nation for "aging in place," citing its regional medical hub and more than 22,000 housing units that have been designed or modified for older residents.

Charleston Water System and Mount Pleasant Waterworks made the list of 70 employers in the 2017 "Best Places to Work in South Carolina," a list published by the Best Companies Group program in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and SC Biz News. The list is based on an employer benefits and policies questionnaire and an employee engagement and satisfaction survey. named the City of Beaufort No. 5 in a list of the nine "cutest small towns." named the City of Columbia one of eight American cities "you should visit before they're too popular," calling Columbia "a city on the rise." The website also named Columbia to a list of "Great American Cities Where You Can Still Buy a House on a $50K Salary."

The cities of Columbia, Greenville, Marion, North Charleston, Rock Hill and Spartanburg were among the 258 cities and towns nationwide to be named a Playful City USA community by KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to play for America's children. Each has received the recognition at least four times before. Playful City USA recognizes cities and towns that ensure children, particularly those from low-income families, get "balanced and active play."