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)
  2. Tega Cay
  3. Fort Mill (Photos)
  4. Conway (Photos)
  5. Moncks Corner
  6. Lexington (Photos)
  7. Hanahan (Photos)
  8. Mount Pleasant (Photos)
  9. Summerville (Photos)
  10. 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.

Or check out 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,765
Population 2010: 10,748
Growth Rate: 46.68%
Absolute Growth: 5,017

2. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,026
Population 2010: 7,014
Growth Rate: 28.69%
Absolute Growth: 2,012

3. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,181
Population 2010: 10,273
Growth Rate: 28.31%
Absolute Growth: 2,908

4. Conway

Conway, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

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

6. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,315
Population 2010: 16,410
Growth Rate: 23.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,905

7. Hanahan

Hanahan, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,710
Population 2010: 16,944
Growth Rate: 22.23%
Absolute Growth: 3,766

8. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,907
Population 2010: 64,208
Growth Rate: 21.34%
Absolute Growth: 13,699

9. Summerville

Summerville, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

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

10. Goose Creek

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

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!

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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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