These Are The 10 South Carolina Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019

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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking 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 71,123 – at 1.5% 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 2019:

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

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 2019. 7.23% 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 7.2% 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.

Clemson, SC

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Population: 15,375
% Asian: 7.23%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,112
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.09%
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Clemson 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.

Hanahan, SC

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Population: 21,729
% Asian: 5.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,144
Percent Change Since 2010: 72.03%
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Greer, SC

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Population: 28,587
% Asian: 4.85%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,386
Percent Change Since 2010: 340.0%
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Greer 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.

Lexington, SC

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Population: 20,653
% Asian: 4.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 970
Percent Change Since 2010: 329.2%
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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.

Mauldin, SC

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Population: 24,813
% Asian: 3.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 820
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.55%
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Mauldin 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.

Goose Creek, SC

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Population: 41,040
% Asian: 3.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,340
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.39%
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Goose 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.

Cayce, SC

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Population: 13,668
% Asian: 2.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 398
Percent Change Since 2010: 126.14%
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Cayce 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.

Rock Hill, SC

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Population: 70,764
% Asian: 2.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,925
Percent Change Since 2010: 86.71%
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Rock 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.

Bluffton, SC

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Population: 17,164
% Asian: 2.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 463
Percent Change Since 2010: 85.94%
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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.”

Columbia, SC

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Population: 132,236
% Asian: 2.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,469
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.55%
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Columbia 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

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Clemson 7.23% 15,375
2 Hanahan 5.26% 21,729
3 Greer 4.85% 28,587
4 Lexington 4.7% 20,653
5 Mauldin 3.3% 24,813
6 Goose Creek 3.27% 41,040
7 Cayce 2.91% 13,668
8 Rock Hill 2.72% 70,764
9 Bluffton 2.7% 17,164
10 Columbia 2.62% 132,236
11 Florence 2.36% 37,840
12 Marion 2.23% 6,590
13 Port Royal 2.2% 12,218
14 Forest Acres 2.15% 10,466
15 Greenville 2.14% 64,061
16 Simpsonville 2.13% 20,741
17 Fort Mill 2.11% 14,451
18 North Charleston 2.05% 108,186
19 Aiken 2.02% 30,277
20 Cheraw 1.79% 5,702
21 Beaufort 1.77% 13,413
22 West Columbia 1.76% 17,056
23 Tega Cay 1.75% 9,464
24 Summerville 1.73% 49,122
25 Sumter 1.69% 40,286
26 Fountain Inn 1.61% 8,455
27 Spartanburg 1.59% 37,384
28 Charleston 1.55% 131,204
29 Mount Pleasant 1.48% 80,661
30 Myrtle Beach 1.47% 30,760
31 Easley 1.46% 20,521
32 Irmo 1.36% 11,950
33 North Myrtle Beach 1.31% 15,510
34 Greenwood 1.2% 23,148
35 Clinton 1.04% 8,538
36 Hilton Head Island 1.01% 39,666
37 Conway 0.96% 21,534
38 Moncks Corner 0.95% 9,759
39 Gaffney 0.9% 12,756
40 North Augusta 0.82% 22,268
41 Laurens 0.69% 8,931
42 Orangeburg 0.68% 13,215
43 Hartsville 0.68% 7,694
44 Bennettsville 0.65% 8,493
45 Chester 0.64% 5,446
46 Seneca 0.45% 8,199
47 Lancaster 0.41% 8,948
48 Anderson 0.4% 27,011
49 Newberry 0.33% 10,257
50 Lake City 0.24% 6,697
51 York 0.19% 8,001
52 Georgetown 0.0% 8,960
53 Dillon 0.0% 6,540
54 Darlington 0.0% 6,075
55 Camden 0.0% 7,000
56 Union 0.0% 7,926
57 Walterboro 0.0% 5,143
58 Batesburg-Leesville 0.0% 5,440
59 Abbeville 0.0% 5,103

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