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Living in Fort Mill

The Charlotte area’s growth can’t be contained in just one state.

The South Carolina town of Fort Mill has shared in the region’s development, turning into a major destination in its own right.

New neighborhoods are popping up everywhere in and around Fort Mill, with new schools, retail and restaurants right behind them. The Baxter Village area, in particular, has become a signature attraction — delivering on the live, work, play ethos as well as any urban development. But Fort Mill’s historic downtown has also become a true Main Street where you can easily spend a sunny afternoon.

The unincorporated area of Indian Land connects Fort Mill with south Charlotte and has already blossomed into a major commercial hub. The beautiful campuses of Movement Movement and Red Ventures have added corporate clout south of the border.

Both Fort Mill and Indian Land are on the doorstep of Ballantyne and just a quick trip up I-77 to Uptown.


Population: 70,764

Commute distance to Uptown: 35 minutes

Median age: 33.5

Median household income: $44,296

Median home sales price: $140,500

Average rent: $882

Things to do in Fort Mill and Indian Land

Hobo’s. Right on the railroad tracks, Hobo’s is the go-to spot in downtown Fort Mill for burgers and shakes. Details.

Local Dish. This family-owned Southern food restaurant is known for supporting local farmers. Details.

PuckerButt Pepper Company. If you’re brave enough, try their Carolina Reaper — the hottest pepper on the planet. Details.

Z Bakery and Cafe. The Zimmerman family cooks up fresh pastries on the daily. Details.

Fort Mill and Indian Land real estate

The Fort Mill and Indian Land areas are best known for their new single-family developments, offering a lot of house for your dollar.

Many target the $300,000 to $400,000 range with square footage north of 2,000. However, there are plenty of bungalows and townhomes on the market, as well as larger estates of 4,000+ feet for under half a million.

Cover photo by the town of Fort Mill