These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In South Carolina For 2018


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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:

  1. Bluffton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Tega Cay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Fort Mill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Conway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Moncks Corner (Homes For Sale)
  6. Lexington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Hanahan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Mount Pleasant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Summerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Goose Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in South Carolina or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in South Carolina with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in south carolina

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1. Bluffton

Bluffton, South Carolina

Population: 15,765
Population 2010: 10,748
Growth Rate: 46.68%
Absolute Growth: 5,017
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Bluffton is a Lowcountry town in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is primarily located around U.S. Route 278, between Hilton Head Island and Interstate 95. The town’s original one square mile area, now known as Old Town, is situated on a bluff along the May River. The population was counted by the 2010 census at 12,893. Bluffton is the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina with a population over 2,500, growing 882.7% between the 2000 and 2010 census. Bluffton is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina by land area. The town is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bluffton is known for its eclectic Old Town district and natural views of the May River. It has been called ‘the last true coastal village of the South.’

2. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, South Carolina

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Population: 9,026
Population 2010: 7,014
Growth Rate: 28.69%
Absolute Growth: 2,012
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3. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Population: 13,181
Population 2010: 10,273
Growth Rate: 28.31%
Absolute Growth: 2,908
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Fort Mill, also known as Fort Mill Township, is a town in York County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is a suburb of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina and is located north of Rock Hill. As of 2015, approximately 13,662 people live inside the town’s corporate limits with a total of 36,119 people residing within the entire township. Some businesses and residents in the Indian Land community of neighboring Lancaster County often use Fort Mill as their city address as it is the nearest incorporated area, but the official town boundary is located only in York County.

4. Conway

Conway, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,631
Population 2010: 16,424
Growth Rate: 25.61%
Absolute Growth: 4,207
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Conway is a city in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 16,317 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Horry County and is part of the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area. It is the home of Coastal Carolina University.

5. Moncks Corner


Population: 9,300
Population 2010: 7,508
Growth Rate: 23.87%
Absolute Growth: 1,792
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Moncks Corner is a town in and the county seat of Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 7,885 at the 2010 census. As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, Moncks Corner is included within the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

6. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

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Population: 20,315
Population 2010: 16,410
Growth Rate: 23.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,905
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Lexington is the largest town in and the county seat of Lexington County, South Carolina, United States. Lexington is a suburb of the state’s capital and second-largest city, Columbia. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2016 population is 24,905, and it is the second-largest municipality in the Columbia, South Carolina metropolitan area.

7. Hanahan

Hanahan, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,710
Population 2010: 16,944
Growth Rate: 22.23%
Absolute Growth: 3,766
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8. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Population: 77,907
Population 2010: 64,208
Growth Rate: 21.34%
Absolute Growth: 13,699
More on Mount Pleasant: Homes 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.

9. Summerville

Summerville, South Carolina

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Population: 47,919
Population 2010: 40,409
Growth Rate: 18.58%
Absolute Growth: 7,510
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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.

10. Goose Creek

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 40,553
Population 2010: 34,765
Growth Rate: 16.65%
Absolute Growth: 5,788
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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.

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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In South Carolina

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Bluffton 1 15,765 10,748 5,017 46.7%
Tega Cay 2 9,026 7,014 2,012 28.7%
Fort Mill 3 13,181 10,273 2,908 28.3%
Conway 4 20,631 16,424 4,207 25.6%
Moncks Corner 5 9,300 7,508 1,792 23.9%
Lexington 6 20,315 16,410 3,905 23.8%
Hanahan 7 20,710 16,944 3,766 22.2%
Mount Pleasant 8 77,907 64,208 13,699 21.3%
Summerville 9 47,919 40,409 7,510 18.6%
Goose Creek 10 40,553 34,765 5,788 16.6%
Greer 11 27,739 23,908 3,831 16.0%
Simpsonville 12 20,183 17,537 2,646 15.1%
Mauldin 13 24,723 21,686 3,037 14.0%
Port Royal 14 11,891 10,442 1,449 13.9%
Clover 15 5,593 4,916 677 13.8%
North Myrtle Beach 16 15,201 13,397 1,804 13.5%
Myrtle Beach 17 30,106 26,696 3,410 12.8%
North Charleston 18 106,113 94,524 11,589 12.3%
Charleston 19 129,888 116,347 13,541 11.6%
Rock Hill 20 70,251 63,108 7,143 11.3%
Cayce 21 13,684 12,319 1,365 11.1%
Clemson 22 15,008 13,596 1,412 10.4%
West Columbia 23 15,947 14,668 1,279 8.7%
North Augusta 24 22,310 20,535 1,775 8.6%
Greenville 25 62,776 57,821 4,955 8.6%
Fountain Inn 26 8,044 7,411 633 8.5%
Lancaster 27 8,971 8,283 688 8.3%
Hilton Head Island 28 39,651 36,714 2,937 8.0%
Irmo 29 11,851 11,085 766 6.9%
Central 30 5,187 4,866 321 6.6%
Florence 31 38,221 36,017 2,204 6.1%
Aiken 32 30,403 28,807 1,596 5.5%
York 33 7,989 7,613 376 4.9%
Beaufort 34 13,074 12,492 582 4.7%
Columbia 35 132,537 127,605 4,932 3.9%
Easley 36 20,464 19,720 744 3.8%
Camden 37 7,017 6,805 212 3.1%
Gaffney 38 12,859 12,492 367 2.9%
Seneca 39 8,228 8,024 204 2.5%
Anderson 40 27,206 26,566 640 2.4%
Forest Acres 41 10,571 10,412 159 1.5%
Greenwood 42 23,260 22,936 324 1.4%
Sumter 43 40,760 40,340 420 1.0%
Lake City 44 6,751 6,690 61 0.9%
Newberry 45 10,338 10,272 66 0.6%
Spartanburg 46 37,570 37,488 82 0.2%
Hartsville 47 7,816 7,806 10 0.1%
Batesburg-Leesville 48 5,273 5,288 -15 -0.3%
Cheraw 49 5,793 5,828 -35 -0.6%
Dillon 50 6,675 6,740 -65 -1.0%
Walterboro 51 5,287 5,412 -125 -2.3%
Laurens 52 9,046 9,265 -219 -2.4%
Clinton 53 8,409 8,615 -206 -2.4%
Georgetown 54 9,071 9,302 -231 -2.5%
Orangeburg 55 13,478 13,855 -377 -2.7%
Darlington 56 6,185 6,374 -189 -3.0%
Marion 57 6,756 6,970 -214 -3.1%
Abbeville 58 5,184 5,378 -194 -3.6%
Chester 59 5,498 5,752 -254 -4.4%
Union 60 8,081 8,485 -404 -4.8%
Bennettsville 61 8,692 9,322 -630 -6.8%

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