The towns of Allendale and Summerville and cities of Union and Lake City have been added to the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government's Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes annually the city councils that can count all members of their sitting council as graduates of the Municipal Association's MEO Institute.
Coastal Living magazine ranked the Town of Bluffton at No. 5 in the 2018 list of "America's Happiest Seaside Towns."
The City of Georgetown won "Best Coastal Small Town" in a 10 Best Readers' Choice list published by USA Today.
Realtor.com named the City of Myrtle Beach the fifth most affordable beach town in the country.
Time magazine named Greenville Mayor Knox White to its list of "31 People Who Are Changing the South."
The National Weather Service has renewed the Town of Hilton Head Island's StormReady recognition through July 2021. The town first received the designation in July 2015. StormReady is the National Weather Service's national community preparedness program that helps communities with communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property in case of a severe weather event.