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


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in South Carolina that have the largest Hispanic/Latino population in 2019

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in South Carolina with the largest Hispanic/Latino population.

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The Latino and Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.

That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.

But how has the increase impacted South Carolina? Where cities and towns in South Carolina have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?

Turns out there’s been a 23.8% increase in the Hispanic population in South Carolina.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in South Carolina with the largest Hispanic population in 2019:

  1. Bluffton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Greer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Myrtle Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Port Royal (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hilton Head Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. West Columbia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Greenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. North Charleston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Simpsonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hanahan (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Bluffton took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in South Carolina for 2019.

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 Hispanic, 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 Hispanic 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 Hispanic or Latino.

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 Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 16.8% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic or Latino population with a higher score being more Hispanic or Latino than a lower score. Bluffton took the distinction of being the most Hispanic or Latino, while Marion was the least Hispanic or Latino city.

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

Bluffton, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,164
% Hispanic/Latino: 16.79%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,881
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.83%
More on Bluffton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.”

Greer, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,587
% Hispanic/Latino: 14.5%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,146
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.88%
More on Greer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Myrtle Beach, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 30,760
% Hispanic/Latino: 14.0%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,307
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.98%
More on Myrtle Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. It is situated on the center of a large and continuous stretch of beach known as the Grand Strand in northeastern South Carolina.

Port Royal, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,218
% Hispanic/Latino: 12.95%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 1,582
Percent Change Since 2010: 62.92%
More on Port Royal: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Port Royal is a town on Port Royal Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Largely because of annexation of surrounding areas, the population of Port Royal rose from 3,950 in 2000 to 10,678 in 2010, a 170% increase. As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, Port Royal is included within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Port Royal is home to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and Naval Hospital Beaufort.

Hilton Head Island, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 39,666
% Hispanic/Latino: 12.73%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 5,048
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.96%
More on Hilton Head Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Lowcountry resort town and barrier island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is 20 miles northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles southwest of Charleston. The island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663 identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named “Hilton’s Head” after himself. The island features 12 miles of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination. In 2004, an estimated 2.25 million visitors pumped more than $1.5 billion into the local economy. The year-round population was 37,099 at the 2010 census, although during the peak of summer vacation season the population can swell to 150,000. Over the past decade, the island’s population growth rate was 32%. Hilton Head Island is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 207,413 in 2015.

West Columbia, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,056
% Hispanic/Latino: 11.42%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 1,947
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.14%
More on West Columbia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Columbia is a city and commuter town in the suburban eastern sections of Lexington County, South Carolina, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population was 14,988. It is a part of the greater Columbia, SC metropolitan statistical area.

Greenwood, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,148
% Hispanic/Latino: 10.99%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,545
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.47%
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Charleston, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 108,186
% Hispanic/Latino: 10.42%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 11,270
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.48%
More on North Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Simpsonville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 20,741
% Hispanic/Latino: 10.27%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,130
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.79%
More on Simpsonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Simpsonville is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. It is part of the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,238 at the 2010 census, up from 14,352 in 2000. The population had risen to an estimated 20,736 as of 2015. Simpsonville is part of the “Golden Strip”, along with Mauldin and Fountain Inn, an area which is noted for having low unemployment due to a diversity of industries including Para-Chem, Kemet, Sealed Air and Milliken.

Hanahan, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 21,729
% Hispanic/Latino: 8.45%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 1,836
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.57%
More on Hanahan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – Hispanic or Latino Populations Across South Carolina

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

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

  1. Marion
  2. Walterboro
  3. Darlington

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In South Carolina

Rank City % Hispanic Population
1 Bluffton 16.79% 17,164
2 Greer 14.5% 28,587
3 Myrtle Beach 14.0% 30,760
4 Port Royal 12.95% 12,218
5 Hilton Head Island 12.73% 39,666
6 West Columbia 11.42% 17,056
7 Greenwood 10.99% 23,148
8 North Charleston 10.42% 108,186
9 Simpsonville 10.27% 20,741
10 Hanahan 8.45% 21,729
11 Goose Creek 8.22% 41,040
12 Newberry 7.76% 10,257
13 Mauldin 7.25% 24,813
14 Tega Cay 7.25% 9,464
15 North Augusta 6.86% 22,268
16 Batesburg-Leesville 6.56% 5,440
17 Laurens 6.47% 8,931
18 Lexington 5.87% 20,653
19 Summerville 5.86% 49,122
20 Columbia 5.77% 132,236
21 Seneca 5.31% 8,199
22 Greenville 5.24% 64,061
23 Beaufort 5.23% 13,413
24 Lancaster 5.16% 8,948
25 Rock Hill 5.1% 70,764
26 Sumter 4.5% 40,286
27 Anderson 4.35% 27,011
28 Fort Mill 4.24% 14,451
29 Orangeburg 4.21% 13,215
30 Camden 4.09% 7,000
31 Lake City 4.05% 6,697
32 Fountain Inn 3.91% 8,455
33 Spartanburg 3.89% 37,384
34 Dillon 3.84% 6,540
35 Irmo 3.79% 11,950
36 Easley 3.31% 20,521
37 York 3.15% 8,001
38 North Myrtle Beach 3.05% 15,510
39 Charleston 2.86% 131,204
40 Clemson 2.84% 15,375
41 Mount Pleasant 2.66% 80,661
42 Florence 2.61% 37,840
43 Clinton 2.49% 8,538
44 Conway 2.27% 21,534
45 Aiken 2.24% 30,277
46 Georgetown 2.22% 8,960
47 Gaffney 2.21% 12,756
48 Cayce 1.89% 13,668
49 Cheraw 1.89% 5,702
50 Union 1.6% 7,926
51 Abbeville 1.55% 5,103
52 Bennettsville 1.45% 8,493
53 Chester 1.21% 5,446
54 Moncks Corner 1.12% 9,759
55 Hartsville 0.99% 7,694
56 Forest Acres 0.69% 10,466
57 Darlington 0.53% 6,075
58 Walterboro 0.39% 5,143
59 Marion 0.0% 6,590

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