Lexington County is the fastest-growing county in the state of South Carolina. Great schools, Lake Murray and its amenities, small town feel but increasingly sophisticated with new stores opening all the time.
If you like older homes with their charm you can look to West Columbia and Cayce. If you want a rural, small-town experience but one with wonderful schools and shopping nearby, look at Gilbert.
And if you want all the restaurants, grocery stores, trendy clothing stores with shopping of every kind; take a look at Lexington.