Welcome to Sumter, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina is a growing, diverse community centrally located between the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our proximity and moderate climate make activities like golf, tennis, hiking, biking and fishing accessible year-round. Sumter is proud of its dozens of local parks & playgrounds, two state parks and the world-renowned Swan Lake Iris Gardens, which is home to all eight species of swans — all providing miles of trails for an afternoon stroll or a rigorous hike. The historic Sumter Opera House, built in 1894, still hosts an array of live performances for all ages. Everything you want — you can find it here.
There is a range of housing available in Sumter, South Carolina from modern apartments and historic homes to waterfront properties and sprawling farms. Whatever style of home or property you are looking for, Sumter can accommodate your needs.
Prisma Health Tuomey is committed to improving the health of the Sumter community with 301 beds, 85 specialists and 30 family practitioners to take care of patient needs. Sumter also has numerous 24-hour care facilities, hospice care providers and other general and specialist medical fields covering most of your health needs.
We believe that strong relationships between public safety personnel and citizens are the foundation to creating safe, healthy communities. Emergency response times are 4 minutes on average, and our enhanced 911 emergency system spans the county and logs key information about callers to assist first-responders assess the situation prior to arrival.
The Sumter Fire Department holds an ISO Class 1 rating — one of only a few in the country and the Sumter Police Department's philosophy to improve the quality of life through proactive policing has resulted in a downward trend in crime in recent years — attributed to increased patrols, strong community relationships, analyzing and utilizing crime trends, and economic stability. Both the Sumter Fire Department and the Sumter Police Department use a variety of public relation initiatives to stay involved with community members.
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.
Sumter is home to a variety of restaurants with cuisine from around the world. But, of course, we encourage you to visit our local restaurants that serve up special plates you won’t find anywhere else — like Palmetto Oyster House’s alligator cheesecake, J.O. Grady’s two-handed burgers (and beer bacon ice cream), Willie Sue’s killer pork chops, Simply Southern Bistro’s fried green tomatoes and Sidebar’s house-smoked brisket & ribs. Or get a little fancy with fine dining at Hamptons, Lilfreds and the Mill Pond Steakhouse.
Shopping in Sumter is convenient and less congested compared to bigger cities. We have plenty of grocery and specialty stores as well as a variety of local boutiques with unique clothing, gifts and home goods that you won’t find anywhere else.