Myrtle Beach metropolitan area rated fastest growing place in America

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David Hucks
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 Myrtle Beach metropolitan area tops U.S. News & World Report’s list of fastest-growing places in the country for the third year in a row.

In addition to Myrtle Beach, four Florida destinations rounded out the top five, including Sarasota, Fort Myers, Lakeland and Port St. Lucie. Boise, Idaho, and Daytona Beach, Florida also made the list.

Due to its milder weather and relatively lower cost of living, Myrtle Beach appeals to young professionals, growing families, and empty nesters.

The outlet says its fastest-growing places list is determined “by the net migration of each metro area, which is determined by the growth or decline of the population over the past five years.” U.S. News determines the metros where the most people are moving by determining the percent increase over that period of time.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked Myrtle Beach No. 18 on its Best Places to Live list and No. 28 on its Best Places to Retire list.

Check out U.S. News & World Report’s full list here:

The Myrtle Beach metropolitan area runs from Calabash, N.C. to Garden City, S.C. and west to Aynor, S.C.

The Myrtle Beach metropolitan area includes: Carolina Forest, Conway, Loris, Longs, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Socastee, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and Garden City Beach.

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