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Published on May 18th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Cayce best city in South Carolina for young job seekers

Pictured Cayce Mayor Elise Partin

By Rachel Ham

Financial education and consumer advocacy website NerdWallet recently reviewed cities in South Carolina to find the best one for young adult job seekers. Their data points to the city of Cayce as being the most advantageous.

Cayce tops NerdWallet’s list of best communities for recent graduates and millennials, or young professionals between the ages of 22 to 32, and is the only Columbia-area city to be ranked in the top 10. Based on young adult population growth, unemployment rate, rent prices and average salary, the city that neighbors Columbia across the Blossom Street Bridge is where people are heading.

“In addition to the career opportunities, the quality of life and low cost of living that we offer makes Cayce a perfect place to live, work, play and raise your family,” Mayor Elise Partin said. “I am proud to call Cayce my home and am thrilled for our City to have this national recognition!”

Cayce reported the highest salaries among the cities reviewed with an average of close to $50,000 a year. Other factors in Cayce’s favor are proximity to major highways, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport and the Congaree River.

Gregg Pinner, president and CEO of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber, said he has seen Cayce’s popularity grow with millennials, especially with graduates from the University of South Carolina.

“Since the location is so convenient, many choose to stay here when they graduate,” he said.

The city’s job market has expanded in recent years with the addition of Amazon, Nephron Pharmaceuticals and Lexington Medical Center’s Ottare Pointe medical park.

“I fully expect to see even more interest on this side of the river for people to live, which will attract more businesses to locate here,” Pinner said.

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