Fastest Growing Cities In South Carolina For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in South Carolina everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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 Charleston and Columbia, while others want peace and quiet like in Travelers Rest and Abbeville, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in South Carolina for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Hardeeville ranks as the fastest growing city in South Carolina. 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.

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.

For more South Carolina state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In South Carolina For 2020

Hardeeville, SC

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Population: 5,836
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 2,985
Percent Growth 95.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,851
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Bluffton, SC

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Population: 18,835
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 10,748
Percent Growth 75.2%
Absolute Growth: 8,087
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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."

Fort Mill, SC

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Population: 15,924
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 10,273
Percent Growth 55.0%
Absolute Growth: 5,651
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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.

Tega Cay, SC

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Population: 9,954
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,014
Percent Growth 41.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,940
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Conway, SC

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Population: 22,661
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 16,424
Percent Growth 38.0%
Absolute Growth: 6,237
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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.

Hanahan, SC

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Population: 22,963
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 16,944
Percent Growth 35.5%
Absolute Growth: 6,019
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Population: 10,169
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,508
Percent Growth 35.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,661
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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.

Mount Pleasant, SC

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Population: 83,700
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 64,208
Percent Growth 30.4%
Absolute Growth: 19,492
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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.

Lexington, SC

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Population: 21,040
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 16,410
Percent Growth 28.2%
Absolute Growth: 4,630
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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.

Summerville, SC

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Population: 50,894
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 40,409
Percent Growth 25.9%
Absolute Growth: 10,485
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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.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Palmetto State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

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

We ranked all 64 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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In South Carolina, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Bennettsville
  2. Union
  3. Marion

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In South Carolina For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Hardeeville 95.5% 5,836 2,985
2 Bluffton 75.2% 18,835 10,748
3 Fort Mill 55.0% 15,924 10,273
4 Tega Cay 41.9% 9,954 7,014
5 Conway 38.0% 22,661 16,424
6 Hanahan 35.5% 22,963 16,944
7 Moncks Corner 35.4% 10,169 7,508
8 Mount Pleasant 30.4% 83,700 64,208
9 Lexington 28.2% 21,040 16,410
10 Summerville 25.9% 50,894 40,409

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