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:
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.
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]
Population: 13,979 Population 2010: 10,748
Growth Rate: 30.06%
Absolute Growth: 3,231
2. Fort Mill
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
Population: 19,007 Population 2010: 16,410
Growth Rate: 15.83%
Absolute Growth: 2,597
Population: 18,645 Population 2010: 16,424
Growth Rate: 13.52%
Absolute Growth: 2,221
7. Mount Pleasant
Population: 72,379 Population 2010: 64,208
Growth Rate: 12.73%
Absolute Growth: 8,171
Population: 18,999 Population 2010: 16,944
Growth Rate: 12.13%
Absolute Growth: 2,055
Population: 26,626 Population 2010: 23,908
Growth Rate: 11.37%
Absolute Growth: 2,718
10. Goose Creek
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
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