10 Cities In South Carolina With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine the cities in South Carolina with the largest Asian population.

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Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise “most of the minority”. We’re not totally sure that’s a term, but it’s an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a “minority of the minority”, generally.

But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in South Carolina is 67,865 – at 1.4% of the total population of South Carolina.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups — Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

So, what how does the Asian population stratify across South Carolina? Which cities and towns in South Carolina have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in South Carolina with the largest Asian population in 2018:

  1. Clemson (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Greer (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Lexington (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Hanahan (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Goose Creek (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Mauldin (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Rock Hill (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Cayce (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Cheraw (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Columbia (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in South Carolina had the largest Asian population?

Clemson took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in South Carolina for 2018. 8.6% of Clemson identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where South Carolina ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in South Carolina or the most diverse places in South Carolina.

How We Determined The Cities In South Carolina With The Largest Asian Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across South Carolina.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Asian alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 8.6% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Clemson took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Abbeville was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in South Carolina ranked by population of Asian residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

1. Clemson

Clemson, South Carolina

Population: 15,008
% Asian: 8.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,291
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.42%
More on Clemson: Write A Review | Data | JobsClemson is a city in Pickens and Anderson counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Clemson is home to Clemson University; in 2015, the Princeton Review cited the town of Clemson as ranking #1 in the United States for “town-and-gown” relations with its resident university. The population of the city was 13,905 at the 2010 census.

Clemson is part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area. Most of the city is in Pickens County, which is part of the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. A small portion is in Anderson County, which is part of the Anderson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2. Greer

Greer, South Carolina

Population: 27,739
% Asian: 4.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,382
Percent Change Since 2010: 338.73%
More on Greer: Write A Review | Data | JobsGreer is a city in Greenville and Spartanburg counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 25,515 as of the 2010 census and had risen to an estimated 28,365 as of 2015. Each day, more than three times that number of people pass through the city on the two highways which run through the city. The majority of the city is in Greenville County and is part of the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area.The city is additionally part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC Combined Statistical Area in Upstate South Carolina.

3. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,315
% Asian: 4.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 958
Percent Change Since 2010: 323.89%
More on Lexington: Write A Review | Data | JobsLexington 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.

4. Hanahan

Hanahan, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,710
% Asian: 4.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 910
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.84%
More on Hanahan: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

5. Goose Creek

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 40,553
% Asian: 3.67%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,487
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.39%
More on Goose Creek: Write A Review | Data | JobsGoose 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.

6. Mauldin

Mauldin, South Carolina

Population: 24,723
% Asian: 3.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 746
Percent Change Since 2010: -23.17%
More on Mauldin: Write A Review | Data | JobsMauldin is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 15,224 at the 2000 census, 22,889 in 2010, and an estimated 25,135 in 2015. It is a principal city of the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

7. Rock Hill

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Population: 70,251
% Asian: 2.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,857
Percent Change Since 2010: 80.12%
More on Rock Hill: Write A Review | Data | JobsRock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina, United States and the fifth-largest city in the state. It is also the fourth-largest city of the Charlotte metropolitan area, behind Charlotte, Concord, and Gastonia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 66,154. In 2016, the population had increased to 72,937.

8. Cayce

Cayce, South Carolina

Population: 13,684
% Asian: 2.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 350
Percent Change Since 2010: 98.86%
More on Cayce: Write A Review | Data | JobsCayce is a city in Lexington and Richland counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina, along the Congaree River. The population was 12,528 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

9. Cheraw

Cheraw, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,793
% Asian: 2.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 145
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Cheraw: Write A Review | Data | JobsCheraw is a town on the Pee Dee River in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties, South Carolina, United States. The population was 5,851 at the 2010 census and has the lowest per capita income level of any municipality of 5,000 or more residents in the Pee Dee region. It has been nicknamed “The Prettiest Town in Dixie”. The harbor tug USS Cheraw was named in the town’s honor.

10. Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina

Population: 132,537
% Asian: 2.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,309
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.09%
More on Columbia: Write A Review | Data | JobsColumbia is the capital and second largest city of the U.S. state of South Carolina, with a population estimate of 134,309 as of 2016. The city serves as the county seat of Richland County, and a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. It is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area, which had a population of 767,598 as of the 2010 United States Census, growing to 817,488 by July 1, 2016, according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates. The name Columbia is a poetic term used for the United States, originating from the name of Christopher Columbus.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across South Carolina

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across South Carolina according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in South Carolina:

  1. Abbeville
  2. Batesburg-Leesville
  3. Walterboro

For more South Carolina reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In South Carolina

City Rank % Asian Population
Clemson 1 8.6% 15,008
Greer 2 4.98% 27,739
Lexington 3 4.72% 20,315
Hanahan 4 4.39% 20,710
Goose Creek 5 3.67% 40,553
Mauldin 6 3.02% 24,723
Rock Hill 7 2.64% 70,251
Cayce 8 2.56% 13,684
Cheraw 9 2.5% 5,793
Columbia 10 2.5% 132,537
Bluffton 11 2.44% 15,765
Simpsonville 12 2.28% 20,183
Marion 13 2.28% 6,756
North Charleston 14 2.28% 106,113
Aiken 15 2.14% 30,403
Port Royal 16 2.05% 11,891
Greenville 17 2.01% 62,776
Fort Mill 18 1.93% 13,181
Florence 19 1.93% 38,221
West Columbia 20 1.84% 15,947
Forest Acres 21 1.71% 10,571
Irmo 22 1.66% 11,851
Sumter 23 1.63% 40,760
Beaufort 24 1.63% 13,074
Myrtle Beach 25 1.61% 30,106
Spartanburg 26 1.61% 37,570
Charleston 27 1.54% 129,888
Mount Pleasant 28 1.52% 77,907
North Myrtle Beach 29 1.49% 15,201
Tega Cay 30 1.35% 9,026
Summerville 31 1.31% 47,919
Fountain Inn 32 1.23% 8,044
Clinton 33 1.07% 8,409
Orangeburg 34 1.03% 13,478
Easley 35 1.03% 20,464
Gaffney 36 1.0% 12,859
Moncks Corner 37 0.98% 9,300
Greenwood 38 0.97% 23,260
Hilton Head Island 39 0.82% 39,651
Hartsville 40 0.78% 7,816
Laurens 41 0.7% 9,046
Conway 42 0.62% 20,631
North Augusta 43 0.6% 22,310
Bennettsville 44 0.58% 8,692
Anderson 45 0.57% 27,206
Lancaster 46 0.39% 8,971
Newberry 47 0.36% 10,338
York 48 0.35% 7,989
Lake City 49 0.28% 6,751
Darlington 50 0.24% 6,185
Chester 51 0.24% 5,498
Seneca 52 0.18% 8,228
Georgetown 53 0.0% 9,071
Dillon 54 0.0% 6,675
Camden 55 0.0% 7,017
Union 56 0.0% 8,081
Walterboro 57 0.0% 5,287
Batesburg-Leesville 58 0.0% 5,273
Abbeville 59 0.0% 5,184

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