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Horry County Now Has More Residents Than Spartanburg, S.C.

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David Hucks
David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

The 2020 census numbers are now in.

Horry County’s total population stands at 351,029 representing an increase of more than 30% from 2010, the largest increase in South Carolina.

Spartanburg County grew also. However, Spartanburg grew by just 15.4% from 2010 to 2020 and now has a population of 327,997.

Large and small businesses alike use these numbers to decide where to invest new franchises and operations. What I-73 could never do, the new census numbers have. The new numbers are likely to grow capital investments in Horry County.

It is clear that Horry County now has more purchasing power, as well as, increased political muscle in the state.

Should Horry County continue its rapid growth, it will move into the top three most populated counties in the state by the year 2030.

It should surpass Richland County, which currently has a population of 416,147, but only grew by 8.2% since 2010, according to the census.

Richland County’s largest city is Columbia, the state capital.



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