These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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 62 cities in South Carolina from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

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 the best places to live in South Carolina or the worst places to live in South Carolina.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina 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:

  • 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 62 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 3735 (North Charleston) to 8306 (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.

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1. North Charleston

North Charleston, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 106,113
HHI: 3,735
% White: 37.92%
% African American: 46.74%
% Asian: 2.28%

2. Greenwood

Greenwood, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,260
HHI: 3,787
% White: 43.4%
% African American: 42.15%
% Asian: 0.97%

3. Beaufort

Beaufort, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,074
HHI: 3,963
% White: 54.43%
% African American: 29.92%
% Asian: 1.63%

4. Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 132,537
HHI: 4,010
% White: 47.9%
% African American: 40.87%
% Asian: 2.5%

5. Rock Hill

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,251
HHI: 4,106
% White: 50.11%
% African American: 39.48%
% Asian: 2.64%

6. Greer

Greer, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,739
HHI: 4,154
% White: 59.88%
% African American: 17.84%
% Asian: 4.98%

7. Newberry


Population: 10,338
HHI: 4,156
% White: 37.3%
% African American: 52.01%
% Asian: 0.36%

8. Dillon

Dillon, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,675
HHI: 4,236
% White: 31.64%
% African American: 56.39%
% Asian: 0.0%

9. Laurens

Laurens, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,046
HHI: 4,243
% White: 53.75%
% African American: 35.71%
% Asian: 0.7%

10. Sumter


Population: 40,760
HHI: 4,267
% White: 44.95%
% African American: 47.17%
% Asian: 1.63%

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. Tega Cay
  3. Mount Pleasant

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina

City Rank HHI Population
North Charleston 1 3,735 106,113
Greenwood 2 3,787 23,260
Beaufort 3 3,963 13,074
Columbia 4 4,010 132,537
Rock Hill 5 4,106 70,251
Greer 6 4,154 27,739
Newberry 7 4,156 10,338
Dillon 8 4,236 6,675
Laurens 9 4,243 9,046
Sumter 10 4,267 40,760
Batesburg-Leesville 11 4,308 5,273
Spartanburg 12 4,345 37,570
Port Royal 13 4,370 11,891
York 14 4,394 7,989
Lancaster 15 4,422 8,971
Florence 16 4,425 38,221
Georgetown 17 4,457 9,071
Mauldin 18 4,463 24,723
West Columbia 19 4,500 15,947
Gaffney 20 4,508 12,859
Central 21 4,525 5,187
Irmo 22 4,589 11,851
Hartsville 23 4,649 7,816
Fountain Inn 24 4,676 8,044
Union 25 4,698 8,081
Walterboro 26 4,738 5,287
Conway 27 4,767 20,631
Goose Creek 28 4,784 40,553
Anderson 29 4,798 27,206
Clinton 30 4,846 8,409
Seneca 31 4,862 8,228
Greenville 32 4,888 62,776
Bluffton 33 4,892 15,765
Aiken 34 4,961 30,403
Cheraw 35 4,998 5,793
Camden 36 5,003 7,017
Simpsonville 37 5,063 20,183
Abbeville 38 5,063 5,184
Hanahan 39 5,097 20,710
Myrtle Beach 40 5,100 30,106
Bennettsville 41 5,202 8,692
Darlington 42 5,252 6,185
Cayce 43 5,341 13,684
Chester 44 5,359 5,498
Moncks Corner 45 5,390 9,300
Summerville 46 5,449 47,919
Fort Mill 47 5,551 13,181
North Augusta 48 5,565 22,310
Charleston 49 5,568 129,888
Lexington 50 5,872 20,315
Forest Acres 51 5,904 10,571
Clover 52 5,939 5,593
Orangeburg 53 6,148 13,478
Lake City 54 6,156 6,751
Hilton Head Island 55 6,212 39,651
Clemson 56 6,343 15,008
Easley 57 6,488 20,464
Marion 58 6,791 6,756
James Island 59 6,867 11,844
Mount Pleasant 60 7,820 77,907
Tega Cay 61 8,155 9,026
North Myrtle Beach 62 8,306 15,201

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