These Are The 100 Biggest Cities In South Carolina For 2019

Using the latest Census data, we detail the 100 biggest cities in South Carolina. You can all see a comprehensive list of all 236 cities and places in South Carolina.

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We all love the biggest cities that the Palmetto State has to offer. You know the places like Columbia and Charleston which make all the headlines.

But there are a bunch of other great large cities in South Carolina that don't get as much love.

We're going to change that right now.

Using the most recent Census data, we can tell you about all the places in South Carolina with a focus on the biggest. We update the data each year and this is our fourth time doing this.

You can click here to see a full table of the full of the 100 biggest cities in South Carolina, along with every other place over 1,000 people big. It is sortable by clicking on the headers.

Read on below to see more on the biggest cities. Or for more reading on places to live in South Carolina, check out:

How We Determined The Largest Cities In South Carolina

We've been ranking and dissecting cities in the Palmetto State for over 4 years now -- making this actually the fourth time we've run the numbers. We always use the best data, the US Census. In this case, that means we are using the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.

It what is probably the most simple analysis we run each year, we ranked every place in South Carolina from biggest to smallest. The biggest city this year? That would be Columbia.

The smallest? Santee, although there are places smaller than 1,000 people not listed here, so keep that in mind as we take a look at the top ten.

Columbia, SC
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Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population: 132,236
Population 2010: 127,605
Growth: 3.6%
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Columbia is the capital and second largest city of the U.S. state of South Carolina, with a population estimate of 134,309 as of 2016. The city serves as the county seat of Richland County, and a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. It is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area, which had a population of 767,598 as of the 2010 United States Census, growing to 817,488 by July 1, 2016, according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates. The name Columbia is a poetic term used for the United States, originating from the name of Christopher Columbus.

Review Of Columbia by HomeSnacks User

It's not much to do in the area, most stores are being and/or have been relocated, Not much of a place i'd consider sociable.

There are some mines and things For sight seeing and collecting. The city is somewhat busy but the people are easy to get along with sometimes. The stores and products in them are pretty rare depending on what store you're visiting, and it's a lot of jobs there.


Charleston, SC
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8
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Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population: 131,204
Population 2010: 116,347
Growth: 12.8%
More on Charleston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Charleston is the oldest and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and the principal city in the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Charleston had an estimated population of 134,385 in 2016. The estimated population of the Charleston metropolitan area, comprising Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties, was 761,155 residents in 2016, the third-largest in the state and the 78th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

Review Of Charleston by HomeSnacks User

I noticed very little crime while I was there, and the education is superb!! From colleges to elementary schools, the education in first rate with lots of real world experience. I Love this place!

What stands out to me is the classic Southern Charm of the place. Everything is peaceful and quiet. And the beauty stands out. The entire city is just beautiful!! The coast is also super nice along with the history of the area.


North Charleston, SC
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4
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Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population: 108,186
Population 2010: 94,524
Growth: 14.5%
More on North Charleston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

North Charleston is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, with incorporated areas in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. On June 12, 1972, the city of North Charleston was incorporated and was rated as the ninth-largest city in South Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, North Charleston had a population of 97,471, growing to an estimated population of 108,304 in 2015, and with a current area of more than 76.6 square miles. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, for use by the U.S. Census Bureau and other U.S. Government agencies for statistical purposes only, North Charleston is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston urban area. North Charleston is one of the state's major industrial centers and is the state's top city in gross retail sales.

Mount Pleasant, SC
Overall SnackAbility
9
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Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population: 80,661
Population 2010: 64,208
Growth: 25.6%
More on Mount Pleasant: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is the fourth largest municipality and largest town in South Carolina, and for several years was one of the state's fastest-growing areas, doubling in population between 1990 and 2000. The population was 67,843 at the 2010 census, and the estimated population in 2014 was 77,796. Mount Pleasant is the third largest city in the Charleston- North Charleston- Summerville metropolitan area, behind Charleston and North Charleston.

Rock Hill, SC
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5
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Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population: 70,764
Population 2010: 63,108
Growth: 12.1%
More on Rock Hill: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina, United States and the fifth-largest city in the state. It is also the fourth-largest city of the Charlotte metropolitan area, behind Charlotte, Concord, and Gastonia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 66,154. In 2016, the population had increased to 72,937.

Review Of Rock Hill by HomeSnacks User

Rock Hill is a beautiful city south of Charlotte. The downtown area isn't crazy alive, but it is beautiful, and there a variety of shops and restaurants to pick from. The schools are great, as is the four year institution there, Winthrop University.

Favorite place is Amelie's, the French bakery. There's not much bad to be quite honest. There isn't as much to do as I would like, but there's always something.


Greenville, SC
Overall SnackAbility
7
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Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population: 64,061
Population 2010: 57,821
Growth: 10.8%
More on Greenville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenville is the largest city in and the seat of Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The city's mayor is Knox White, who has been in that position since December 1995. With an estimated population of 67,453 as of 2016, it is the sixth-largest city in the state. The population of the surrounding area was 400,492 as of 2010, making it the third-largest urban area in South Carolina as well as the fastest growing. Greenville is the largest city in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The MSA had a population of 884,975 in 2016, making it the largest in South Carolina and the third largest in The Carolinas.

Summerville, SC
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Overall SnackAbility
8
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Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population: 49,122
Population 2010: 40,409
Growth: 21.6%
More on Summerville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Summerville is a town in the U.S. state of South Carolina situated mostly in Dorchester County with small portions in Berkeley and Charleston counties. It is part of the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of Summerville at the 2010 census was 43,392, and the estimated population was 44,719 as of July 1, 2013.

Goose Creek, SC
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Overall SnackAbility
8
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Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population: 41,040
Population 2010: 34,765
Growth: 18.0%
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Goose Creek is a city in Berkeley County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 35,938 at the 2010 census. Most of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston is in Goose Creek. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used only by the U.S. Census Bureau and other Federal agencies for statistical purposes, Goose Creek is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area.

Sumter, SC
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Overall SnackAbility
4
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Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population: 40,286
Population 2010: 40,340
Growth: -0.1%
More on Sumter: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sumter is the county seat of Sumter County, South Carolina, United States. Known as the Sumter Metropolitan Statistical Area, the namesake county adjoins Clarendon and Lee to form the core of Sumter-Lee-Clarendon tri-county area of South Carolina, an area that includes the three counties in the east central Piedmont. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population was 39,643 at the 2000 census. The 2010 census puts the city at 40,524.

Review Of Sumter by HomeSnacks User

Sumter, SC is a wonderful community. There is a homey, southern charm about this city. Known for some great BBQ, Swan Lake-a beautiful park with a well know art show in May, and Shaw AFB. Built around a lowland swamp, you will find beauty in the many lakes and ponds, which are surrounded by Spanish moss covered trees.

Swan Lake is a very pretty place to visit. There is a fabulous art show in May. There are some "depressed" areas outside of town, but the city looks as if they are trying to revamp those older run down areas.


Hilton Head Island, SC
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population: 39,666
Population 2010: 36,714
Growth: 8.0%
More on Hilton Head Island: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Lowcountry resort town and barrier island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is 20 miles northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles southwest of Charleston. The island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663 identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named "Hilton's Head" after himself. The island features 12 miles of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination. In 2004, an estimated 2.25 million visitors pumped more than $1.5 billion into the local economy. The year-round population was 37,099 at the 2010 census, although during the peak of summer vacation season the population can swell to 150,000. Over the past decade, the island's population growth rate was 32%. Hilton Head Island is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 207,413 in 2015.

Now on to numbers 11-100 Biggest in South Carolina

We hope that you find the big city, or really any city, that's right for you. Below is a list of the rest of the biggest cities along with every other place in South Carolina.

Have fun snacking around in the Palmetto State!

For more reading on South Carolina, check out:

Detailed List Of The Biggest Cities In South Carolina

Rank City Current Population 2010 Growth
1 Columbia 132,236 127,605 3.6%
2 Charleston 131,204 116,347 12.8%
3 North Charleston 108,186 94,524 14.5%
4 Mount Pleasant 80,661 64,208 25.6%
5 Rock Hill 70,764 63,108 12.1%
6 Greenville 64,061 57,821 10.8%
7 Summerville 49,122 40,409 21.6%
8 Goose Creek 41,040 34,765 18.0%
9 Sumter 40,286 40,340 -0.1%
10 Hilton Head Island 39,666 36,714 8.0%
11 Florence 37,840 36,017 5.1%
12 Spartanburg 37,384 37,488 -0.3%
13 Myrtle Beach 30,760 26,696 15.2%
14 Aiken 30,277 28,807 5.1%
15 Greer 28,587 23,908 19.6%
16 Anderson 27,011 26,566 1.7%
17 Mauldin 24,813 21,686 14.4%
18 Socastee 23,567 17,108 37.8%
19 Greenwood 23,148 22,936 0.9%
20 Taylors 22,919 21,635 5.9%
21 North Augusta 22,268 20,535 8.4%
22 St. Andrews 21,977 20,835 5.5%
23 Hanahan 21,729 16,944 28.2%
24 Conway 21,534 16,424 31.1%
25 Simpsonville 20,741 17,537 18.3%
26 Lexington 20,653 16,410 25.9%
27 Easley 20,521 19,720 4.1%
28 Wade Hampton 20,213 20,311 -0.5%
29 Five Forks 17,500 13,137 33.2%
30 Bluffton 17,164 10,748 59.7%
31 West Columbia 17,056 14,668 16.3%
32 Ladson 16,511 14,166 16.6%
33 Seven Oaks 15,631 16,332 -4.3%
34 North Myrtle Beach 15,510 13,397 15.8%
35 Gantt 15,393 13,874 10.9%
36 Clemson 15,375 13,596 13.1%
37 Red Hill 15,015 13,846 8.4%
38 Berea 14,966 12,932 15.7%
39 Fort Mill 14,451 10,273 40.7%
40 Dentsville 14,204 13,475 5.4%
41 Cayce 13,668 12,319 11.0%
42 Beaufort 13,413 12,492 7.4%
43 Orangeburg 13,215 13,855 -4.6%
44 Gaffney 12,756 12,492 2.1%
45 Parker 12,540 10,286 21.9%
46 Port Royal 12,218 10,442 17.0%
47 Lake Wylie 12,170 8,362 45.5%
48 Irmo 11,950 11,085 7.8%
49 James Island 11,908 0 nan%
50 Forest Acres 10,466 10,412 0.5%
51 Oak Grove 10,373 10,479 -1.0%
52 Newberry 10,257 10,272 -0.1%
53 Moncks Corner 9,759 7,508 30.0%
54 Woodfield 9,738 10,054 -3.1%
55 Garden City 9,702 8,864 9.5%
56 Tega Cay 9,464 7,014 34.9%
57 Powdersville 9,216 7,998 15.2%
58 Red Bank 9,214 10,084 -8.6%
59 Little River 9,208 8,675 6.1%
60 Sans Souci 9,187 8,230 11.6%
61 Boiling Springs 9,152 8,248 11.0%
62 Georgetown 8,960 9,302 -3.7%
63 Lancaster 8,948 8,283 8.0%
64 Laurens 8,931 9,265 -3.6%
65 Murrells Inlet 8,752 7,331 19.4%
66 Clinton 8,538 8,615 -0.9%
67 Bennettsville 8,493 9,322 -8.9%
68 Fountain Inn 8,455 7,411 14.1%
69 Seneca 8,199 8,024 2.2%
70 Burton 8,169 7,144 14.3%
71 Sangaree 8,161 9,018 -9.5%
72 Lugoff 8,152 7,074 15.2%
73 York 8,001 7,613 5.1%
74 Union 7,926 8,485 -6.6%
75 Hartsville 7,694 7,806 -1.4%
76 Centerville 7,004 6,446 8.7%
77 Camden 7,000 6,805 2.9%
78 Welcome 6,891 6,907 -0.2%
79 Lake City 6,697 6,690 0.1%
80 Marion 6,590 6,970 -5.5%
81 Laurel Bay 6,572 5,594 17.5%
82 Dillon 6,540 6,740 -3.0%
83 Lake Murray Of Richland 6,402 4,853 31.9%
84 Valley Falls 6,201 5,526 12.2%
85 Piedmont 6,155 5,062 21.6%
86 Homeland Park 6,148 6,062 1.4%
87 Darlington 6,075 6,374 -4.7%
88 Forestbrook 5,950 4,231 40.6%
89 Clover 5,731 4,916 16.6%
90 Cheraw 5,702 5,828 -2.2%
91 Chester 5,446 5,752 -5.3%
92 Central 5,161 4,866 6.1%
93 Walterboro 5,143 5,412 -5.0%
94 Abbeville 5,103 5,378 -5.1%
95 Hardeeville 5,084 2,985 70.3%
96 Hollywood 5,083 4,597 10.6%
97 Belvedere 5,063 5,428 -6.7%
98 Travelers Rest 4,965 4,466 11.2%
99 Edgefield 4,738 4,749 -0.2%
100 Brookdale 4,708 4,329 8.8%
101 Clearwater 4,657 4,238 9.9%
102 Barnwell 4,552 4,791 -5.0%
103 Mullins 4,469 4,735 -5.6%
104 Isle Of Palms 4,333 4,202 3.1%
105 Belton 4,268 4,189 1.9%
106 Walhalla 4,259 4,196 1.5%
107 Northlake 4,251 3,600 18.1%
108 Surfside Beach 4,232 3,963 6.8%
109 Arcadia 4,228 1,512 179.6%
110 Woodruff 4,140 4,097 1.0%
111 India Hook 4,117 3,417 20.5%
112 Williamston 4,088 3,893 5.0%
113 Ridgeland 4,073 4,132 -1.4%
114 Manning 4,015 4,185 -4.1%
115 Saxon 3,792 4,227 -10.3%
116 Newport 3,780 3,918 -3.5%
117 Dunean 3,714 3,609 2.9%
118 Southern Shops 3,703 4,576 -19.1%
119 Honea Path 3,645 3,777 -3.5%
120 Saluda 3,605 3,450 4.5%
121 Dalzell 3,415 3,226 5.9%
122 Lyman 3,411 3,111 9.6%
123 Bamberg 3,373 3,633 -7.2%
124 Graniteville 3,348 2,845 17.7%
125 Duncan 3,327 3,099 7.4%
126 Elgin 3,321 2,314 43.5%
127 Golden Grove 3,314 3,047 8.8%
128 Winnsboro 3,303 3,657 -9.7%
129 Bishopville 3,229 3,555 -9.2%
130 Liberty 3,200 3,238 -1.2%
131 Pickens 3,151 3,134 0.5%
132 Kingstree 3,150 3,426 -8.1%
133 Denmark 3,145 3,589 -12.4%
134 Pendleton 3,135 2,961 5.9%
135 Allendale 3,120 3,626 -14.0%
136 Williston 3,026 3,165 -4.4%
137 Hopkins 3,023 3,061 -1.2%
138 Lakewood 3,018 2,716 11.1%
139 North Hartsville 2,993 3,266 -8.4%
140 East Gaffney 2,980 2,784 7.0%
141 Andrews 2,880 2,958 -2.6%
142 Blythewood 2,864 1,459 96.3%
143 Burne 2,771 2,671 3.7%
144 Ware Shoals 2,759 2,650 4.1%
145 Gloverville 2,730 3,271 -16.5%
146 Estill 2,726 2,427 12.3%
147 Springdale 2,716 2,623 3.5%
148 Folly Beach 2,712 2,523 7.5%
149 Lesslie 2,706 3,050 -11.3%
150 Pageland 2,695 2,737 -1.5%
151 Hampton 2,633 2,838 -7.2%
152 Mccormick 2,622 2,555 2.6%
153 Ravenel 2,620 2,196 19.3%
154 Pacolet 2,578 1,991 29.5%
155 Loris 2,578 2,424 6.4%
156 Cherryvale 2,521 3,050 -17.3%
157 Wellford 2,519 1,830 37.7%
158 Westminster 2,477 2,370 4.5%
159 Bonneau Beach 2,476 1,811 36.7%
160 Johnston 2,476 2,471 0.2%
161 Edisto 2,476 2,361 4.9%
162 Landrum 2,475 2,275 8.8%
163 Shell Point 2,453 3,075 -20.2%
164 Inman 2,435 2,186 11.4%
165 South Congaree 2,408 2,367 1.7%
166 New Ellenton 2,387 2,173 9.8%
167 Roebuck 2,386 1,633 46.1%
168 Kershaw 2,375 1,835 29.4%
169 St. George 2,335 1,994 17.1%
170 St. Matthews 2,269 2,053 10.5%
171 Arial 2,248 2,617 -14.1%
172 South Sumter 2,217 2,414 -8.2%
173 Timmonsville 2,212 2,624 -15.7%
174 Mccoll 2,157 2,612 -17.4%
175 Ridgeville 2,154 1,740 23.8%
176 Great Falls 2,145 2,175 -1.4%
177 Pine Ridge 2,145 2,203 -2.6%
178 Privateer 2,099 2,052 2.3%
179 Sullivan's Island 2,050 2,048 0.1%
180 Watts Mills 2,036 1,743 16.8%
181 Blackville 1,989 3,287 -39.5%
182 Fairforest 1,967 1,885 4.4%
183 Judson 1,959 2,065 -5.1%
184 Ninety Six 1,954 1,831 6.7%
185 Wedgefield 1,927 1,389 38.7%
186 Varnville 1,894 1,839 3.0%
187 Calhoun Falls 1,884 2,207 -14.6%
188 Fairfax 1,884 3,519 -46.5%
189 St. Stephen 1,872 2,101 -10.9%
190 Cowpens 1,855 1,713 8.3%
191 Tigerville 1,854 919 101.7%
192 Johnsonville 1,823 1,422 28.2%
193 Jackson 1,810 1,612 12.3%
194 Blacksburg 1,810 2,007 -9.8%
195 Stateburg 1,778 1,486 19.7%
196 Wilkinson Heights 1,765 2,274 -22.4%
197 Gadsden 1,707 2,079 -17.9%
198 Seabrook Island 1,689 1,816 -7.0%
199 Whitmire 1,623 1,567 3.6%
200 Winnsboro Mills 1,613 1,998 -19.3%
201 Utica 1,602 1,639 -2.3%
202 Holly Hill 1,602 1,103 45.2%
203 Chapin 1,588 1,248 27.2%
204 Buffalo 1,563 1,322 18.2%
205 Monarch Mill 1,528 2,150 -28.9%
206 Irwin 1,522 1,937 -21.4%
207 Gaston 1,490 1,233 20.8%
208 Kiawah Island 1,488 1,638 -9.2%
209 Eureka Mill 1,464 2,306 -36.5%
210 Chesterfield 1,424 1,513 -5.9%
211 Murphys Estates 1,423 2,256 -36.9%
212 Due West 1,412 1,484 -4.9%
213 Joanna 1,367 1,442 -5.2%
214 Inman Mills 1,341 1,456 -7.9%
215 Pinopolis 1,339 1,314 1.9%
216 City View 1,317 1,426 -7.6%
217 Pelzer 1,304 87 1398.9%
218 Awendaw 1,298 1,247 4.1%
219 Prosperity 1,294 971 33.3%
220 Latta 1,278 1,649 -22.5%
221 Startex 1,276 738 72.9%
222 Lincolnville 1,271 1,480 -14.1%
223 East Sumter 1,271 1,131 12.4%
224 Meggett 1,241 1,109 11.9%
225 Quinby 1,239 1,161 6.7%
226 Iva 1,206 1,129 6.8%
227 Langley 1,117 1,440 -22.4%
228 Branchville 1,111 980 13.4%
229 Lake Secession 1,108 954 16.1%
230 Catawba 1,096 1,719 -36.2%
231 Warrenville 1,093 1,121 -2.5%
232 Pamplico 1,068 1,117 -4.4%
233 Mayo 1,050 1,506 -30.3%
234 Summerton 1,031 1,030 0.1%
235 Turbeville 1,021 841 21.4%
236 Santee 1,001 909 10.1%

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