Hello! I am African American and my husband and I moved here from Raleigh, NC. My husband just got a job at SRS as a scientist and I am a graduate student (online) and a stay at home mom (we are expecting our 2nd child in July) ...I must say that I very much enjoy it! I grew up in the South (Savannah) so there is NO culture shock for me and my husband (Atlanta). My daughter goes to a private school and loves it. We currently live "in the valley" as they say here in Aiken. We love our location because it puts us close to I-20 (2.5 hours from Atlanta and Savannah). Though we live in apartments, it is what we need right now. It is quite spacious. We are in the process of selling our old house (1000 sq ft) and our apartment has more space than it (1300 sq ft).
What we love about the area? We are right off the Aiken/Augusta Hwy so going to Augusta is a breeze. We have black friends and white friends. We have been welcomed here and thoroughly love it..I must definitely commend the YMCA of Aiken for being such a great place to meet people. We do not go to church but as others have mentioned be prepared for that to be the number one topic. Though we don't go to church that is not a hindrance and we don't feel excluded. For schools I would say choose Aiken Elementary or Chukker Creek Elementary. Once my daughter gets older and private school is no longer affordable my daughter will be going to one of these. SC has the law as long as you can get your child to the school it doesn't matter where they go. The elementary schools around here are superb but dramatically decline once they hit middle and high school
If you need more information please feel free to email. I hope you and your family choose Aiken to live.