Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Columbia and Charleston, while others want peace and quiet like in Abbeville and Central, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in South Carolina have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Palmetto State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in South Carolina for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Bluffton (Photos)
- Tega Cay
- Fort Mill (Photos)
- Conway (Photos)
- Moncks Corner
- Lexington (Photos)
- Hanahan (Photos)
- Mount Pleasant (Photos)
- Summerville (Photos)
- Goose Creek (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Bluffton, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in South Carolina are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Palmetto State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
We ranked all 61 South Carolina cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Palmetto State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 15,765 Population 2010: 10,748
Growth Rate: 46.68%
Absolute Growth: 5,017
2. Tega Cay
Population: 9,026 Population 2010: 7,014
Growth Rate: 28.69%
Absolute Growth: 2,012
3. Fort Mill
Population: 13,181 Population 2010: 10,273
Growth Rate: 28.31%
Absolute Growth: 2,908
Population: 20,631 Population 2010: 16,424
Growth Rate: 25.61%
Absolute Growth: 4,207
5. Moncks Corner
Population: 9,300 Population 2010: 7,508
Growth Rate: 23.87%
Absolute Growth: 1,792
Population: 20,315 Population 2010: 16,410
Growth Rate: 23.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,905
Population: 20,710 Population 2010: 16,944
Growth Rate: 22.23%
Absolute Growth: 3,766
8. Mount Pleasant
Population: 77,907 Population 2010: 64,208
Growth Rate: 21.34%
Absolute Growth: 13,699
Population: 47,919 Population 2010: 40,409
Growth Rate: 18.58%
Absolute Growth: 7,510
10. Goose Creek
Population: 40,553 Population 2010: 34,765
Growth Rate: 16.65%
Absolute Growth: 5,788
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in South Carolina are led by Bluffton which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
For more South Carolina reading , check out:
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- These Are The 10 Poorest Places In South Carolina
- These Are The 10 Unhealthiest Cities In South Carolina
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In South Carolina
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