10 Cities In South Carolina With The Largest Native American Population For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in South Carolina with the largest Native American population.

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There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:

  1. White
  2. Hispanic
  3. African American

But those are only the major races, there’s a whole bunch of other races people are interested in knowing about.

And today, we are going to look at the percent of the population in South Carolina that are Native American.

Native Americans are not a major portion of the current American Population, but they are still very important.

There are now over 2 million people who identify as Native American living in America, making up .65% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Native American population in South Carolina is 13,464 – at 0.3% of the total population of South Carolina.

So, what how does the Native American population stratify across South Carolina? Which cities and towns in South Carolina have seen the greatest increase in their Native American population?

Here are the 10 cities in South Carolina with the largest Native American population in 2019:

  1. Dillon (Photos)
  2. Walterboro (Photos)
  3. Hartsville (Photos)
  4. Clemson (Photos)
  5. North Myrtle Beach (Photos)
  6. Lexington (Photos)
  7. Cayce (Photos)
  8. Newberry (Photos)
  9. Myrtle Beach (Photos)
  10. Summerville (Photos)

Which city in South Carolina had the largest Native American population?

Dillon took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in South Carolina for 2019. 1.22% of Dillon identify as Native American.

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 Native American, check out the best places to live in South Carolina or the most diverse places in South Carolina.

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In South Carolina With The Largest Native American 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 American Indian and Alaska Native alone.

We limited our analysis to places with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 1.22% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of American Indian and Alaska Native population with a higher score being more American Indian and Alaska Native than a lower score. Dillon took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Abbeville was the least Native American city.

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

Dillon, SC

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Population: 6,540
% Native American: 1.22%
# Of Native American Residents: 80
Percent Change Since 2010: -39.85%
More on Dillon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Review Of South Carolina by HomeSnacks User

I live in Dillon County, wouldn’t live anywhere else. Any one who don’t like SC. Don’t have to live here.

Walterboro, SC

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Population: 5,143
% Native American: 0.99%
# Of Native American Residents: 51
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Walterboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Walterboro is a city in Colleton County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 5,398 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Colleton County. Walterboro is located 48 miles west of Charleston and is located near the ACE Basin region in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Hartsville, SC

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Population: 7,694
% Native American: 0.82%
# Of Native American Residents: 63
Percent Change Since 2010: 950.0%
More on Hartsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hartsville is the largest city in Darlington County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 7,768 at the 2016 census. Hartsville was chosen as an All-America City in 1996 and again in 2016. Hartsville has also been a National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City since 1986.

Clemson, SC

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Population: 15,375
% Native American: 0.76%
# Of Native American Residents: 117
Percent Change Since 2010: 333.33%
More on Clemson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

North Myrtle Beach, SC

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Population: 15,510
% Native American: 0.68%
# Of Native American Residents: 106
Percent Change Since 2010: 194.44%
More on North Myrtle Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lexington, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 20,653
% Native American: 0.54%
# Of Native American Residents: 112
Percent Change Since 2010: 1500.0%
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Cayce, SC

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Population: 13,668
% Native American: 0.48%
# Of Native American Residents: 66
Percent Change Since 2010: 175.0%
More on Cayce: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Newberry, SC

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Population: 10,257
% Native American: 0.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 46
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Newberry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Myrtle Beach, SC

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Population: 30,760
% Native American: 0.43%
# Of Native American Residents: 132
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.53%
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.

Review Of South Carolina by HomeSnacks User

I loved Myrtle Beach. It was like something out of a movie. It is a tourist destination for sure, but there’s an ambience and a magical quality to it that is simply unmatched by other places I have been to.

The beach, of course. The food. The emptiness of the off season. The beauty of its location.

Summerville, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 49,122
% Native American: 0.37%
# Of Native American Residents: 184
Percent Change Since 2010: 425.71%
More on Summerville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Summerville is a town in the U.S. state of South Carolina situated mostly in Dorchester County with small portions in Berkeley and Charleston counties. It is part of the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of Summerville at the 2010 census was 43,392, and the estimated population was 44,719 as of July 1, 2013.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across South Carolina

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

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

  1. Abbeville
  2. Marion
  3. Laurens

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In South Carolina?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Dillon 1.22% 6,540
2 Walterboro 0.99% 5,143
3 Hartsville 0.82% 7,694
4 Clemson 0.76% 15,375
5 North Myrtle Beach 0.68% 15,510
6 Lexington 0.54% 20,653
7 Cayce 0.48% 13,668
8 Newberry 0.45% 10,257
9 Myrtle Beach 0.43% 30,760
10 Summerville 0.37% 49,122
11 Goose Creek 0.25% 41,040
12 Batesburg-Leesville 0.24% 5,440
13 Bennettsville 0.24% 8,493
14 Orangeburg 0.23% 13,215
15 Fountain Inn 0.22% 8,455
16 Greenville 0.22% 64,061
17 Port Royal 0.22% 12,218
18 Seneca 0.22% 8,199
19 Bluffton 0.2% 17,164
20 Sumter 0.19% 40,286
21 Simpsonville 0.18% 20,741
22 Spartanburg 0.17% 37,384
23 Forest Acres 0.17% 10,466
24 Lancaster 0.17% 8,948
25 North Charleston 0.17% 108,186
26 Darlington 0.16% 6,075
27 Mount Pleasant 0.16% 80,661
28 Tega Cay 0.16% 9,464
29 West Columbia 0.16% 17,056
30 Rock Hill 0.14% 70,764
31 Anderson 0.14% 27,011
32 Mauldin 0.12% 24,813
33 Columbia 0.12% 132,236
34 York 0.11% 8,001
35 Charleston 0.11% 131,204
36 Florence 0.11% 37,840
37 Hilton Head Island 0.08% 39,666
38 Greer 0.08% 28,587
39 Fort Mill 0.08% 14,451
40 Georgetown 0.07% 8,960
41 Conway 0.07% 21,534
42 Hanahan 0.06% 21,729
43 Aiken 0.05% 30,277
44 Greenwood 0.04% 23,148
45 Easley 0.04% 20,521
46 North Augusta 0.04% 22,268
47 Moncks Corner 0.0% 9,759
48 Chester 0.0% 5,446
49 Beaufort 0.0% 13,413
50 Camden 0.0% 7,000
51 Union 0.0% 7,926
52 Cheraw 0.0% 5,702
53 Gaffney 0.0% 12,756
54 Clinton 0.0% 8,538
55 Irmo 0.0% 11,950
56 Lake City 0.0% 6,697
57 Laurens 0.0% 8,931
58 Marion 0.0% 6,590
59 Abbeville 0.0% 5,103

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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