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 | Homes For Sale)
- Tega Cay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fort Mill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Conway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Moncks Corner (Homes For Sale)
- Lexington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hanahan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mount Pleasant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Summerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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
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.”
2. Tega Cay
3. Fort Mill
Population: 13,181 Population 2010: 10,273
Growth Rate: 28.31%
Absolute Growth: 2,908
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.
Population: 20,631 Population 2010: 16,424
Growth Rate: 25.61%
Absolute Growth: 4,207
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.
5. Moncks Corner
Population: 9,300 Population 2010: 7,508
Growth Rate: 23.87%
Absolute Growth: 1,792
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.
Population: 20,315 Population 2010: 16,410
Growth Rate: 23.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,905
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.
8. Mount Pleasant
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.
Population: 47,919 Population 2010: 40,409
Growth Rate: 18.58%
Absolute Growth: 7,510
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.
10. Goose Creek
Population: 40,553 Population 2010: 34,765
Growth Rate: 16.65%
Absolute Growth: 5,788
More on Goose Creek: Homes For Sale | Data
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!
For more South Carolina reading, check out:
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In South Carolina
- 10 Worst Places To Live In South Carolina
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In South Carolina
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