Rich in American history and Southern culture, Dillon County is a homeplace worth hearing about. With good jobs in growing industries, Dillon County represents a fresh, safe start for families wanting to make a life and a living. The beautiful beaches of Myrtle Beach are just over an hour’s drive away from the Dillon County border.  Our state’s oldest city, Charleston, sits just under three hours south on well-built highways.

Low Cost of Living in Dillon County

Well below the national average, Dillon County has one of the lowest costs of living of any county in South Carolina or the nation. Affordability means the opportunity to save for the future and enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle in the present.

 

COST OF LIVINGDillonSouth CarolinaUSA
  Overall7988.5100
  Grocery9395.8100
  Health102.2102.3100
  Housing53.673.6100
  Median Home Cost$123,900$170,100$231,200
  Utilities103.1103.9100
  Transportation76.186.8100
  Miscellaneous90.995.6100

100=National Average
Source:  BestPlaces.net 2019

Arts and Preservation

Art, history, crafts and culture, it’s all on the scene in Dillon County. Dillon boasts a collection of homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, from a 200-year-old working farm to one of the country’s last remaining examples of Spanish Colonial architecture, the Dillon County Theater.

At the Dillon County Theater, the McArthur Avenue Players, a local group of actors, put on an annual docket of plays.  This year, the Dillon County Theater partnered with the Smithsonian Institute to help young South Carolinians tell their stories digitally using state-of-the-art film equipment.

Another example of Dillon County’s dedication to the arts is the Ellis Performing Arts Center, which seats an audience of over 450 people and hosts a vast array of cultural events. Check out more about the features of the Dillon County art scene – visit dilloncountytheatre.com and ellispac.org.

 

Indoor Recreation

The Dillon County Wellness Center is a 40,000 square foot indoor sports and fitness complex, complete with walking track and gymnasium.  The $4.1 million facility hosts receptions, banquets, tournaments and corporate meetings. Both the City of Dillon and Dillon County operate indoor and outdoor recreational facilities for citizens young and old alike. To learn more visit these websites:


Outdoor Recreation

Welcome to the great outdoors!  If you thought the coast of the Carolinas was lovely, Dillon County has an untouched beauty that will take your breath away. Ancient oaks draped in moss, herons hunting off shadowy banks, rivers meandering through the forests, Dillon County is brimming with opportunities for hunting, fishing on the Pee Dee River, hiking, and camping enthusiasts. There are several state parks and recreational areas in and within a short drive of Dillon County.

 

Regional Recreation & Leisure

Not only does Dillon County provide residents with outstanding quality of life opportunities, there are also several great places to visit within just a short drive of the County.

 

Florence

Located less than 30 minutes from Dillon County is the City of Florence.  This mid-sized Southern city is large enough to boast a performance theater, symphony orchestra, many ballet companies, museums, festivals, and the world-class recreation complex Freedom Florence. Still, the City is small enough to preserve a small-town feeling with a number of tree-lined streets and parks, all of which add to the pleasant lifestyle that citizens enjoy. Residents exude a strong sense of community pride and Southern hospitality. Nearby Darlington is home of Darlington National Raceway and one of NASCAR racing’s oldest and most prestigious races The Southern 500.

For more information about attractions, news, or events please visit the City of Florence website at:  www.visitflo.com

Myrtle Beach Grand Strand

Hundreds of thousands of vacationers travel through Dillon County each year to get to the Atlantic Coast and the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand.  Dillon County residents are approximately one hour from this vacation mecca.

As one of the premier family and beach vacation destinations in the United States, Myrtle Beach offers an endless array of lodging options including resorts, hotels, beach homes, vacation rentals and campgrounds. With endless attractions, events and dining options, Myrtle Beach is a perfect destination for family vacations, getaways for couples of all ages, group and business travel.

And if you love to play golf, there are more than 100 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand area to choose from. Visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com to learn more.

Wilmington, North Carolina

The City of Wilmington, NC is within 2 hours of Dillon County via I-95 and U.S. Highway 74. If you’re looking for a great family fun spot with lots of things to do, look no further than Wilmington, North Carolina. Located on the Cape Fear Coast, on the bluffs overlooking the Cape Fear River, and just ten miles west of the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington is a year-round playground for anyone interested in history, attractions, beaches, and shopping.  Today you can visit many historic homes and buildings in downtown Wilmington, climb aboard the World War II battleship USS North Carolina, explore a Civil War-era fort and tour a real movie studio. Museums, gardens, and shopping are plentiful, and then, of course, there’s the beach!   Go to www.wilmingtonandbeachs.com to learn more.

Charleston

One of the East Coast’s most picturesque cities and a short 2.5 hour drive from Dillon via I-95 and I-26, Charleston is known for its antebellum row homes, Civil War history, beautiful waterfront, nearby beaches and scrumptious Low Country cooking. In addition to being a top travel destination, Charleston is home to several universities and boasts awesome college-town appeal.  An old city that pulses with new energy, Charleston is a rare find and is annually named one of the Friendliest Cities in America. To learn more visit:  www.charlestoncvb.com

 

South Carolina State Parks and Other South Carolina Destinations

Steeped in romance and history; a land of scenic beauty and adventure – the Pee Dee area was originally home to the Pee Dee Indians who lived and hunted in its broad valley. Avid sportsmen are still drawn to the area’s fields and streams, where wildlife is plentiful and various species of fish thrive.

There are several state parks within an easy driving distance of Dillon County.

  • Little Pee Dee State Park
  • Cheraw State Park
  • H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area
  • Lee State Natural Area

Information about these parks and other South Carolina parks can be found at:  www.southcarolinaparks.com

In addition, South Carolina is small enough that you can be anywhere in the state within 4 hours or less – making weekend getaways possible and seeing and enjoying all that South Carolina has to offer its residents. For more information visit:  www.discoversouthcarolina.com

News / Press

Dillon County leads Pee Dee in GDP growth

DILLON, S.C. – Dillon County is the only county within the six-county Pee Dee region to exceed the level of GDP growth statewide.  According to a report issued by the Bureau of Economic Analysis that calculates GDP by county across the United States, Dillon’s GDP rose by 10.33% from 2015-2018. In 2015,

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Inland Port bringing growth to Pee Dee

DILLON, S.C. – Inland Port Dillon is already paying off for the Pee Dee region. S.C. Sen. Kent Williams, whose district includes the inland port, said Friday afternoon that already two industrial businesses have moved to Marion County because of its proximity to the inland port near Dillon. “We’re very

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