Welcome to Sumter, South Carolina — A Vibrant Community!
On behalf of the citizens of Sumter, we would like to thank you for taking a moment of your time to let us share our beautiful city with you. Sumter, South Carolina is centrally located between the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our proximity and moderate climate make golf, tennis, hiking, biking and fishing a year-round delight for any age. We are especially proud to boast of our nationally-renowned Swan Lake Iris Gardens, which is home to the eight species of swans as well as beautiful Japanese Iris, and our historic Sumter Opera House, built in 1894, which still hosts an array of live performances to this day.
Along with the beauty that surrounds us, Sumter is proud to say that we are home to Shaw Air Force Base, a military community that has joined hands with the citizens of Sumter in providing cultural diversity within our community. Many military leaders, after traveling the entire world, have chosen to make Sumter their home, which is truly indicative of what we have to offer.
There is a range of housing available in Sumter, South Carolina. We have apartments, condos, cottages, patio homes, farms, and ranches. e average cost of a three-bedroom home is $100,900. Our beautiful water views consist of lakes, ponds, and creeks. e average cost of a home with waterfront views is $249,000. If living in the country is ideal for retirees, then we have plenty of space for a farm or ranch home. e average land price per acre is $2000. Some retirees may not want yard work; therefore, an apartment or condo may be the right t for living in Sumter. An average two-bedroom apartment rents for $600 per month and the average two-bedroom condo sells for $74,000. Whatever style of home or property you are looking for, Sumter can accommodate your needs.
Prisma Health Tuomey is the only hospital in Sumter. They are committed to improving the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of the entire community. The hospital has 301 beds, 85 specialists and 30 family practitioners to take care of patient needs. Tricare, Medicaid, Medicare and other insurances are accepted. Financial assistance is also an option for uninsured individuals who have annual incomes that are less than 100% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Sumter also has numerous 24-hour care facilities, hospice care providers and many other general and specialist medical fields, such as orthopedic surgery, optometrists, dentists, orthodontists, sleep disorder specialists, pain management, oncology, allergists, massage therapists and more.
We believe that strong relationships between public safety personnel and citizens are the foundation to creating safe, healthy communities. The Sumter Fire Department is unique in that we are only one of very few across the U.S. that hold an ISO Class 1 rating, and that all paid and volunteer firefighters in the city and county serve under one Fire Chief.
The Sumter Police Department's philosophy is to improve the quality of life through intelligence-led policing. All crime rates in the City have been on a downward trend for the past five years, having experienced a 30.31% decrease overall. e most prevalent have been general larceny and auto B&E. While over 95% of all auto B&E incidents were related to unlocked vehicles, general larceny figures are mostly attributed to the same, with persons being careless with personal property. is decrease can also be attributed to increased patrols, strong community relationships, analyzing and utilizing crime trends, and economy stabilizing. Some of the programs we use to engage with the community include: neighborhood and business watch, random acts of kindness, property identification and public awareness campaigns, school mentoring and many more.
A unique program we have available for seniors and homebound residents in our community is Project CheckMate. This program allows participants to have personal interaction with law enforcement, providing seniors and their families with an added sense of protection and security. Project CheckMate provides regular visits to participants, provides safety and security checks of their home, makes referrals to agencies as needed, and other minor services that are typically outside the scope of law enforcement, such as taking out the trash and assisting with minor repairs to the home.
Sumter’s enhanced 911 emergency system is county-wide and logs key information, address and known issues identified when someone dials 911. If a caller is on a heart monitor, oxygen or has other known issues, the system will flag the information with the address to help responders assess the situation on arrival. The average emergency response time is 3-5 minutes.
Sumter builds community relationships through engagement with public safety personnel and strives to enhance the quality of life for all citizens through various community outreach, education, and information programs.
Transportation is as easy as picking up a phone or walking to a route location. We have local taxi services, Uber, shuttle transportation, limousine services, a bus station and the Santee-Wateree Regional Transit Authority (SWRTA) for standard routes. The cost of transportation is affordable and SWRTA offers free Fridays, which is fantastic at any age. Quick trips via SWRTA outside of Sumter include Columbia, our state capital, and the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand.
You will never go hungry in Sumter! We have fast food, family, casual and fine dining to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Sumter has over 100 national and international chain restaurants to choose from, such as Burger King, McDonald's, Arby’s, Moe’s Southwestern Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, McAllister’s Deli, Dominoes, Chick-fil-a, Subway and more. Family and casual dining are also abundant in Sumter, with choices ranging from American, Thai, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Filipino, Cajun, Chinese and of course, Southern food. Try a few of our most popular local restaurants — the Thai House’s exquisite sushi, the Palmetto Oyster House’s alligator cheesecake, J. O’Grady’s famous potato salad, Willie Sue’s candied bacon, and Simply Southern Bistro’s fried green tomatoes. To celebrate the special occasion in your life, we recommend our fine dining specialties at Hamptons, Lilfreds and the Mill Pond Steakhouse — each location is designed for a memorable experience. Visit our Discover Sumter Map to view everything available in Sumter!
Shopping in Sumter is convenient and less congested compared to the bigger cities of Columbia or Florence. We currently have over a dozen grocery stores in Sumter, including Aldi, Food Lion, IGA, Piggly Wiggly, Bi-Lo, Super Walmart and Walmart Neighborhood Market. We also have several discount stores like Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and Family Dollar.
The Sumter Mall is great for shopping and indoor walking. Find great deals at over 25 stores or grab a bite to eat at the food court. The mall is also labeled for walking distance — taking window shopping to a whole new level. Sumter has beautiful southern boutiques, antique shops, specialty stores, hardware stores, craft stores and more. We have something for everyone right outside your door.