A ranking by New Geography calls Sumter the 56th smartest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of the country's 380 MSAs. The rankings grade communities on growth in the number of college degrees attained. Sumter grew by 7.5% from 2000-2013. Sumter was the third ranked city in South Carolina, behind only Charleston-N. Charleston (17th) and Hilton Head-Bluffton-Beaufort (23rd).
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