These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina


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. Greenwood (Photos)
  2. North Charleston (Photos)
  3. Newberry
  4. Port Royal (Photos)
  5. Columbia (Photos)
  6. Greer (Photos)
  7. Dillon (Photos)
  8. Rock Hill (Photos)
  9. Batesburg-Leesville (Photos)
  10. York (Photos)

Greenwood 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.

You can also check out the whitest places in South Carolina for a look at the opposite side of the coin.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina

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 2011-2015 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 3762 (Greenwood) to 8199 (North Myrtle Beach).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Greenwood 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. Greenwood

Greenwood, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,254
HHI: 3,762
% White: 42.99%
% African American: 42.4%
% Asian: 1.39%

2. North Charleston

North Charleston, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 104,146
HHI: 3,791
% White: 36.85%
% African American: 48.25%
% Asian: 2.4%

3. Newberry

Source: Google Maps

Households: 10,279
HHI: 3,858
% White: 38.52%
% African American: 47.85%
% Asian: 1.97%

4. Port Royal

Port Royal, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,513
HHI: 4,029
% White: 57.94%
% African American: 22.13%
% Asian: 2.17%

5. Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 131,958
HHI: 4,048
% White: 48.08%
% African American: 41.15%
% Asian: 2.22%

6. Greer

Greer, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,186
HHI: 4,084
% White: 58.96%
% African American: 17.95%
% Asian: 4.47%

7. Dillon

Dillon, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,705
HHI: 4,149
% White: 32.96%
% African American: 54.82%
% Asian: 0.0%

8. Rock Hill

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 69,196
HHI: 4,153
% White: 51.01%
% African American: 38.9%
% Asian: 2.3%

9. Batesburg-Leesville

Source: Google Maps

Households: 5,251
HHI: 4,194
% White: 48.22%
% African American: 42.68%
% Asian: 0.29%

10. York

York, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,945
HHI: 4,238
% White: 51.38%
% African American: 39.52%
% Asian: 0.89%

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

City Rank HHI Population
Greenwood 1 3,762 23,254
North Charleston 2 3,791 104,146
Newberry 3 3,858 10,279
Port Royal 4 4,029 11,513
Columbia 5 4,048 131,958
Greer 6 4,084 27,186
Dillon 7 4,149 6,705
Rock Hill 8 4,153 69,196
Batesburg-Leesville 9 4,194 5,251
York 10 4,238 7,945
Laurens 11 4,251 9,122
Sumter 12 4,296 40,851
Spartanburg 13 4,329 37,465
Beaufort 14 4,342 12,839
Irmo 15 4,417 11,704
West Columbia 16 4,439 15,757
Florence 17 4,473 38,000
Mauldin 18 4,546 24,396
Georgetown 19 4,552 9,079
Gaffney 20 4,554 12,562
Hartsville 21 4,565 7,851
Anderson 22 4,637 26,978
Lancaster 23 4,646 8,853
Moncks Corner 24 4,654 9,108
Seneca 25 4,717 8,184
Greenville 26 4,751 61,734
Conway 27 4,777 19,356
Union 28 4,798 8,144
Clinton 29 4,802 8,561
Bluffton 30 4,842 14,607
Goose Creek 31 4,848 39,408
Walterboro 32 4,883 5,312
Abbeville 33 4,931 5,197
Darlington 34 4,967 6,212
Cheraw 35 4,989 5,800
Central 36 5,000 5,160
Aiken 37 5,052 30,183
Simpsonville 38 5,085 19,706
Fountain Inn 39 5,108 8,399
Camden 40 5,171 6,982
Bennettsville 41 5,189 8,834
Hanahan 42 5,195 19,707
Myrtle Beach 43 5,217 29,198
Charleston 44 5,539 127,694
Chester 45 5,596 5,527
North Augusta 46 5,603 22,037
Summerville 47 5,772 46,200
Forest Acres 48 5,866 10,545
Fort Mill 49 5,889 12,525
Cayce 50 5,909 13,554
Lexington 51 5,939 19,447
Hilton Head Island 52 6,104 39,071
Clover 53 6,114 5,442
Clemson 54 6,144 14,664
Lake City 55 6,220 6,728
Orangeburg 56 6,258 13,685
Easley 57 6,452 20,374
James Island 58 6,516 11,544
Marion 59 6,817 6,793
Tega Cay 60 7,920 8,609
Mount Pleasant 61 7,959 74,952
North Myrtle Beach 62 8,199 14,824

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