These Are The 10 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 Central 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:

  1. Bluffton
  2. Fort Mill
  3. Tega Cay
  4. Moncks Corner
  5. Lexington
  6. Conway
  7. Mount Pleasant
  8. Hanahan
  9. Greer
  10. Goose Creek

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–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.

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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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Bluffton

Bluffton, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,979
Population 2010: 10,748
Growth Rate: 30.06%
Absolute Growth: 3,231

2. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,068
Population 2010: 10,273
Growth Rate: 17.47%
Absolute Growth: 1,795

3. Tega Cay


Population 2014: 8,224
Population 2010: 7,014
Growth Rate: 17.25%
Absolute Growth: 1,210

4. Moncks Corner


Population 2014: 8,711
Population 2010: 7,508
Growth Rate: 16.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,203

5. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,007
Population 2010: 16,410
Growth Rate: 15.83%
Absolute Growth: 2,597

6. Conway

Conway, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,645
Population 2010: 16,424
Growth Rate: 13.52%
Absolute Growth: 2,221

7. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,379
Population 2010: 64,208
Growth Rate: 12.73%
Absolute Growth: 8,171

8. Hanahan

Hanahan, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,999
Population 2010: 16,944
Growth Rate: 12.13%
Absolute Growth: 2,055

9. Greer

Greer, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,626
Population 2010: 23,908
Growth Rate: 11.37%
Absolute Growth: 2,718

10. Goose Creek

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,545
Population 2010: 34,765
Growth Rate: 10.87%
Absolute Growth: 3,780

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in South Carolina are led by Bluffton which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five 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 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Bluffton 1 13,979 10,748 3,231 30.1%
Fort Mill 2 12,068 10,273 1,795 17.5%
Tega Cay 3 8,224 7,014 1,210 17.3%
Moncks Corner 4 8,711 7,508 1,203 16.0%
Lexington 5 19,007 16,410 2,597 15.8%
Conway 6 18,645 16,424 2,221 13.5%
Mount Pleasant 7 72,379 64,208 8,171 12.7%
Hanahan 8 18,999 16,944 2,055 12.1%
Greer 9 26,626 23,908 2,718 11.4%
Goose Creek 10 38,545 34,765 3,780 10.9%
Summerville 11 44,717 40,409 4,308 10.7%
Mauldin 12 23,985 21,686 2,299 10.6%
Simpsonville 13 19,219 17,537 1,682 9.6%
Fountain Inn 14 8,031 7,411 620 8.4%
Clover 15 5,321 4,916 405 8.2%
North Myrtle Beach 16 14,485 13,397 1,088 8.1%
North Charleston 17 102,143 94,524 7,619 8.1%
Rock Hill 18 68,185 63,108 5,077 8.0%
Port Royal 19 11,264 10,442 822 7.9%
Charleston 20 125,458 116,347 9,111 7.8%
Myrtle Beach 21 28,455 26,696 1,759 6.6%
West Columbia 22 15,623 14,668 955 6.5%
North Augusta 23 21,832 20,535 1,297 6.3%
Lancaster 24 8,801 8,283 518 6.3%
Central 25 5,170 4,866 304 6.2%
Cayce 26 12,944 12,319 625 5.1%
Greenville 27 60,670 57,821 2,849 4.9%
Hilton Head Island 28 38,497 36,714 1,783 4.9%
Clemson 29 14,254 13,596 658 4.8%
Florence 30 37,512 36,017 1,495 4.2%
Aiken 31 29,980 28,807 1,173 4.1%
York 32 7,913 7,613 300 3.9%
Irmo 33 11,518 11,085 433 3.9%
Columbia 34 131,331 127,605 3,726 2.9%
Easley 35 20,242 19,720 522 2.6%
Camden 36 6,931 6,805 126 1.9%
Beaufort 37 12,702 12,492 210 1.7%
Greenwood 38 23,296 22,936 360 1.6%
Seneca 39 8,147 8,024 123 1.5%
Sumter 40 40,819 40,340 479 1.2%
Forest Acres 41 10,533 10,412 121 1.2%
Anderson 42 26,798 26,566 232 0.9%
Hartsville 43 7,857 7,806 51 0.7%
Gaffney 44 12,565 12,492 73 0.6%
Lake City 45 6,720 6,690 30 0.4%
Newberry 46 10,259 10,272 -13 -0.1%
Dillon 47 6,731 6,740 -9 -0.1%
Cheraw 48 5,809 5,828 -19 -0.3%
Orangeburg 49 13,790 13,855 -65 -0.5%
Spartanburg 50 37,216 37,488 -272 -0.7%
Batesburg-Leesville 51 5,242 5,288 -46 -0.9%
Clinton 52 8,525 8,615 -90 -1.0%
Walterboro 53 5,339 5,412 -73 -1.3%
Laurens 54 9,136 9,265 -129 -1.4%
Marion 55 6,833 6,970 -137 -2.0%
Georgetown 56 9,110 9,302 -192 -2.1%
Darlington 57 6,232 6,374 -142 -2.2%
Abbeville 58 5,207 5,378 -171 -3.2%
Union 59 8,191 8,485 -294 -3.5%
Chester 60 5,543 5,752 -209 -3.6%
Bennettsville 61 8,928 9,322 -394 -4.2%

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