Air Force

Shaw Air Force Base

20th Fighter Wing
411 Polifka Dr, Shaw AFB, SC 29152

At Shaw Air Force Base, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are short and cold, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 36°F to 90°F and is rarely below 24°F or above 97°F.


The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 23 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 90°F and low of 72°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 30 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 62°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 36°F and high of 55°F.


The wetter season lasts 3.2 months, from May 24 to August 30, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 49% on July 26. The drier season lasts 8.8 months, from August 30 to May 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 18% on October 31.

South Carolina
Sumter, SC

Cost of Living
The overall cost of living in Sumter, SC is equal to the South Carolina average and 3% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Sumter, SC, the city’s goods and services are equal to the South Carolina average and 6% higher than the U.S. average.

Getting to Know the Area

Sumter is a small town in Sumter County, South Carolina. Known as the Gamecock City, Sumter lies near the geographic center of the state, about 100 miles west of Myrtle Beach and 175 miles east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Columbia, the state capital, lies about 45 miles to the west, and Charleston is around 100 miles to the south.


Sumter offers a wide array of outdoor activities to enjoy in their many parks, pools, and trails. Swan Lake is a beautiful public park that houses all 8 species of swan and Iris Gardens features 25 species of colorful, Japanese irises.  There are also many indoor activities to enjoy including bowling, skating rinks, shopping centers, and restaurants.  Sumter also hosts a variety of events during the year that are fun for all ages. 


Some points of interest include Sumter County Museum, Sumter Opera House, Palmetto Park, Sumter Skate Park, and the Links at Lakewood.


Check out these websites for a list of all of the great events going on in the area.  

South Carolina Golf
Swan Lake