These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina For 2019


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in South Carolina.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in South Carolina.


Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven’t dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it’s not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of South Carolina where there’s a high level of diversity — where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 64 cities in South Carolina from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in South Carolina for 2019:

  1. North Charleston (Photos)
  2. Greenwood (Photos)
  3. Hardeeville (Photos)
  4. Columbia (Photos)
  5. Rock Hill (Photos)
  6. Greer (Photos)
  7. Central (Photos)
  8. Newberry (Photos)
  9. Sumter (Photos)
  10. Laurens (Photos)

So what city is the most diverse in South Carolina? According to the most Census data, North Charleston took the number one over all spot for diversity in South Carolina.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where South Carolina ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

How we determined the most diverse cities in South Carolina 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:

  • 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*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 64 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 3,706 (North Charleston) to 8,327 (North Myrtle Beach).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. North Charleston took the distinction of being the most diverse, while North Myrtle Beach was the least diverse city.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Places In South Carolina For 2019

North Charleston, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 108,186

HHI: 3,706
% White: 37.4%
% African American: 46.8%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on North Charleston: PhotosData

North Charleston is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, with incorporated areas in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. On June 12, 1972, the city of North Charleston was incorporated and was rated as the ninth-largest city in South Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, North Charleston had a population of 97,471, growing to an estimated population of 108,304 in 2015, and with a current area of more than 76.6 square miles. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, for use by the U.S. Census Bureau and other U.S. Government agencies for statistical purposes only, North Charleston is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston urban area. North Charleston is one of the state’s major industrial centers and is the state’s top city in gross retail sales.

Greenwood, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,148

HHI: 3,815
% White: 43.4%
% African American: 42.6%
% Asian: 1.2%
More on Greenwood: PhotosData

Hardeeville, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,084

HHI: 3,835
% White: 54.8%
% African American: 24.6%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Hardeeville: PhotosData

Columbia, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 132,236

HHI: 4,008
% White: 48.1%
% African American: 40.6%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Columbia: PhotosData

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.

Rock Hill, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 70,764

HHI: 4,119
% White: 50.7%
% African American: 38.9%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Rock Hill: PhotosData

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.

Greer, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,587

HHI: 4,134
% White: 59.6%
% African American: 18.5%
% Asian: 4.8%
More on Greer: PhotosData

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.

Central, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,161

HHI: 4,172
% White: 60.4%
% African American: 15.2%
% Asian: 4.3%
More on Central: PhotosData

Central is a town in Pickens County, South Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,159, roughly 3,000 of which were considered permanent residents. Contrary to its name, it is not near the center of South Carolina. It received its name from its geographic location, being the halfway or central point between Atlanta and Charlotte along the former Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway line. The primary campus of Southern Wesleyan University is located east of the downtown area.

Newberry, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,257

HHI: 4,185
% White: 37.6%
% African American: 52.1%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Newberry: PhotosData

Newberry is a city in Newberry County, South Carolina, United States, in the Piedmont 43 miles northwest of Columbia. The charter was adopted in 1894. The population was 10,277 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Newberry County; at one time it was called Newberry Courthouse.

Sumter, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 40,286

HHI: 4,203
% White: 42.3%
% African American: 48.9%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Sumter: PhotosData

Sumter is the county seat of Sumter County, South Carolina, United States. Known as the Sumter Metropolitan Statistical Area, the namesake county adjoins Clarendon and Lee to form the core of Sumter-Lee-Clarendon tri-county area of South Carolina, an area that includes the three counties in the east central Piedmont. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s population was 39,643 at the 2000 census. The 2010 census puts the city at 40,524.

Laurens, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,931

HHI: 4,221
% White: 50.6%
% African American: 40.2%
% Asian: 0.7%
More on Laurens: PhotosData

Laurens is a city in Laurens County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 9,139 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Laurens County.

There You Have It – Diversity Across South Carolina

If you’re looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across South Carolina, this is an accurate list.

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

  1. North Myrtle Beach
  2. Mount Pleasant
  3. Tega Cay

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 North Charleston, SC 108,186 3,706
2 Greenwood, SC 23,148 3,815
3 Hardeeville, SC 5,084 3,835
4 Columbia, SC 132,236 4,008
5 Rock Hill, SC 70,764 4,119
6 Greer, SC 28,587 4,134
7 Central, SC 5,161 4,172
8 Newberry, SC 10,257 4,185
9 Sumter, SC 40,286 4,203
10 Laurens, SC 8,931 4,221
11 Dillon, SC 6,540 4,284
12 Florence, SC 37,840 4,331
13 Spartanburg, SC 37,384 4,333
14 Batesburg-Leesville, SC 5,440 4,389
15 Lancaster, SC 8,948 4,421
16 Beaufort, SC 13,413 4,448
17 Irmo, SC 11,950 4,538
18 Georgetown, SC 8,960 4,542
19 Gaffney, SC 12,756 4,579
20 Union, SC 7,926 4,606
21 Goose Creek, SC 41,040 4,608
22 Mauldin, SC 24,813 4,619
23 Fountain Inn, SC 8,455 4,627
24 Clover, SC 5,731 4,673
25 West Columbia, SC 17,056 4,685
26 Hartsville, SC 7,694 4,688
27 Anderson, SC 27,011 4,732
28 Conway, SC 21,534 4,752
29 Clinton, SC 8,538 4,775
30 Walterboro, SC 5,143 4,776
31 York, SC 8,001 4,781
32 Seneca, SC 8,199 4,782
33 Port Royal, SC 12,218 4,793
34 Abbeville, SC 5,103 4,814
35 Hollywood, SC 5,083 4,819
36 Camden, SC 7,000 4,847
37 Myrtle Beach, SC 30,760 4,944
38 Greenville, SC 64,061 4,958
39 Bluffton, SC 17,164 4,987
40 Simpsonville, SC 20,741 5,006
41 Hanahan, SC 21,729 5,055
42 Cheraw, SC 5,702 5,055
43 Bennettsville, SC 8,493 5,122
44 North Augusta, SC 22,268 5,137
45 Darlington, SC 6,075 5,168
46 Aiken, SC 30,277 5,229
47 Cayce, SC 13,668 5,276
48 Summerville, SC 49,122 5,397
49 Moncks Corner, SC 9,759 5,509
50 Chester, SC 5,446 5,572
51 Charleston, SC 131,204 5,683
52 Fort Mill, SC 14,451 5,726
53 Lexington, SC 20,653 5,746
54 Forest Acres, SC 10,466 5,972
55 Orangeburg, SC 13,215 6,180
56 Lake City, SC 6,697 6,304
57 Hilton Head Island, SC 39,666 6,375
58 Marion, SC 6,590 6,491
59 Clemson, SC 15,375 6,497
60 Easley, SC 20,521 6,544
61 James Island, SC 11,908 7,063
62 Tega Cay, SC 9,464 7,685
63 Mount Pleasant, SC 80,661 7,939
64 North Myrtle Beach, SC 15,510 8,327

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