Most Expensive Suburb in South Carolina: Isle of Palms
Median home price: $620,000
Cost-of-living index: 186
Nonretail spending index: 188
Location: 15 miles east of Charleston
A seven-mile-long, one-mile-wide Atlantic barrier island, the City of the Isle of Palms is both seaside resort and Charleston commuter community. Surfing, fishing, golf courses, and endless beaches draw visitors and locals alike. Although the median home price is $620,000, houses located on the water can easily fetch north of $1 million.