These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In South Carolina For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in South Carolina.

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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 Hollywood and Hardeeville, 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 2019 according to the most recent census data:

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

If you happen to be a resident of Hardeeville, 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.

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 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 62 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 2017 – 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. Hardeeville

Hardeeville, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,084
Population 2010: 2,985
Growth Rate: 70.32%
Absolute Growth: 2,099
More on Hardeeville: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Bluffton

Bluffton, South Carolina

Population: 17,164
Population 2010: 10,748
Growth Rate: 59.69%
Absolute Growth: 6,416
More on Bluffton: Homes For Sale | Data
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.”

3. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Population: 14,451
Population 2010: 10,273
Growth Rate: 40.67%
Absolute Growth: 4,178
More on Fort Mill: Homes For Sale | Data
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. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,464
Population 2010: 7,014
Growth Rate: 34.93%
Absolute Growth: 2,450
More on Tega Cay: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Conway

Conway, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,534
Population 2010: 16,424
Growth Rate: 31.11%
Absolute Growth: 5,110
More on Conway: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. Moncks Corner


Population: 9,759
Population 2010: 7,508
Growth Rate: 29.98%
Absolute Growth: 2,251
More on Moncks Corner: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Hanahan

Hanahan, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,729
Population 2010: 16,944
Growth Rate: 28.24%
Absolute Growth: 4,785
More on Hanahan: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,653
Population 2010: 16,410
Growth Rate: 25.86%
Absolute Growth: 4,243
More on Lexington: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Population: 80,661
Population 2010: 64,208
Growth Rate: 25.62%
Absolute Growth: 16,453
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.

10. Summerville

Summerville, South Carolina

Population: 49,122
Population 2010: 40,409
Growth Rate: 21.56%
Absolute Growth: 8,713
More on Summerville: Homes 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.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in South Carolina are led by Hardeeville 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:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In South Carolina

Rank City Pop 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Hardeeville 5,084 2,985 2,099 70.3%
2 Bluffton 17,164 10,748 6,416 59.7%
3 Fort Mill 14,451 10,273 4,178 40.7%
4 Tega Cay 9,464 7,014 2,450 34.9%
5 Conway 21,534 16,424 5,110 31.1%
6 Moncks Corner 9,759 7,508 2,251 30.0%
7 Hanahan 21,729 16,944 4,785 28.2%
8 Lexington 20,653 16,410 4,243 25.9%
9 Mount Pleasant 80,661 64,208 16,453 25.6%
10 Summerville 49,122 40,409 8,713 21.6%
11 Greer 28,587 23,908 4,679 19.6%
12 Simpsonville 20,741 17,537 3,204 18.3%
13 Goose Creek 41,040 34,765 6,275 18.0%
14 Port Royal 12,218 10,442 1,776 17.0%
15 Clover 5,731 4,916 815 16.6%
16 West Columbia 17,056 14,668 2,388 16.3%
17 North Myrtle Beach 15,510 13,397 2,113 15.8%
18 Myrtle Beach 30,760 26,696 4,064 15.2%
19 North Charleston 108,186 94,524 13,662 14.5%
20 Mauldin 24,813 21,686 3,127 14.4%
21 Fountain Inn 8,455 7,411 1,044 14.1%
22 Clemson 15,375 13,596 1,779 13.1%
23 Charleston 131,204 116,347 14,857 12.8%
24 Rock Hill 70,764 63,108 7,656 12.1%
25 Cayce 13,668 12,319 1,349 11.0%
26 Greenville 64,061 57,821 6,240 10.8%
27 Hollywood 5,083 4,597 486 10.6%
28 North Augusta 22,268 20,535 1,733 8.4%
29 Hilton Head Island 39,666 36,714 2,952 8.0%
30 Lancaster 8,948 8,283 665 8.0%
31 Irmo 11,950 11,085 865 7.8%
32 Beaufort 13,413 12,492 921 7.4%
33 Central 5,161 4,866 295 6.1%
34 Aiken 30,277 28,807 1,470 5.1%
35 York 8,001 7,613 388 5.1%
36 Florence 37,840 36,017 1,823 5.1%
37 Easley 20,521 19,720 801 4.1%
38 Columbia 132,236 127,605 4,631 3.6%
39 Camden 7,000 6,805 195 2.9%
40 Seneca 8,199 8,024 175 2.2%
41 Gaffney 12,756 12,492 264 2.1%
42 Anderson 27,011 26,566 445 1.7%
43 Greenwood 23,148 22,936 212 0.9%
44 Forest Acres 10,466 10,412 54 0.5%
45 Lake City 6,697 6,690 7 0.1%
46 Sumter 40,286 40,340 -54 -0.1%
47 Newberry 10,257 10,272 -15 -0.1%
48 Spartanburg 37,384 37,488 -104 -0.3%
49 Clinton 8,538 8,615 -77 -0.9%
50 Hartsville 7,694 7,806 -112 -1.4%
51 Cheraw 5,702 5,828 -126 -2.2%
52 Dillon 6,540 6,740 -200 -3.0%
53 Laurens 8,931 9,265 -334 -3.6%
54 Georgetown 8,960 9,302 -342 -3.7%
55 Orangeburg 13,215 13,855 -640 -4.6%
56 Darlington 6,075 6,374 -299 -4.7%
57 Walterboro 5,143 5,412 -269 -5.0%
58 Abbeville 5,103 5,378 -275 -5.1%
59 Chester 5,446 5,752 -306 -5.3%
60 Marion 6,590 6,970 -380 -5.5%
61 Union 7,926 8,485 -559 -6.6%
62 Bennettsville 8,493 9,322 -829 -8.9%

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