The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In South Carolina For 2022

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the fastest growing cities in South Carolina.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Charleston and Columbia, while others want peace and quiet like in Abbeville and Hollywood, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in South Carolina have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Palmetto State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in South Carolina for 2022 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In South Carolina For 2022

  1. Hardeeville
  2. Bluffton
  3. Fort Mill
  4. Travelers Rest
  5. Tega Cay
  6. Hanahan
  7. Moncks Corner
  8. Conway
  9. Mount Pleasant
  10. Fountain Inn

What's the fastest growing city in South Carolina for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Hardeeville ranks as the fastest growing city in South Carolina. If you happen to be a resident of Hardeeville, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in South Carolina are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in South Carolina or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In South Carolina For 2022

1. Hardeeville

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Population: 6,788
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 2,985
Percent Growth 127.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,803
More on Hardeeville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hardeeville, SC

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2. Bluffton

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Population: 23,176
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 10,748
Percent Growth 115.6%
Absolute Growth: 12,428
More on Bluffton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Bluffton, SC

3. Fort Mill

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Population: 19,920
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 10,273
Percent Growth 93.9%
Absolute Growth: 9,647
More on Fort Mill: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Fort Mill, SC

4. Travelers Rest

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Population: 7,947
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 22)
Population 2010: 4,466
Percent Growth 77.9%
Absolute Growth: 3,481
More on Travelers Rest: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Tega Cay

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Population: 10,834
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,014
Percent Growth 54.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,820
More on Tega Cay: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Tega Cay, SC

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6. Hanahan

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Population: 25,743
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 16,944
Percent Growth 51.9%
Absolute Growth: 8,799
More on Hanahan: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hanahan, SC

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7. Moncks Corner

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Population: 11,370
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,508
Percent Growth 51.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,862
More on Moncks Corner: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Conway

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Population: 24,747
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Population 2010: 16,424
Percent Growth 50.7%
Absolute Growth: 8,323
More on Conway: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Conway, SC

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9. Mount Pleasant

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Population: 89,410
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 64,208
Percent Growth 39.3%
Absolute Growth: 25,202
More on Mount Pleasant: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Mount Pleasant, SC

10. Fountain Inn

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Population: 10,127
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 7,411
Percent Growth 36.6%
Absolute Growth: 2,716
More on Fountain Inn: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Fountain Inn, SC

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Palmetto State for 2022

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 64 South Carolina cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Palmetto State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in South Carolina with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in South Carolina Graph For 2022

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Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In South Carolina, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in South Carolina are led by Hardeeville which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Bennettsville
  2. Union
  3. Orangeburg

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In South Carolina For 2022

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Hardeeville 127.4% 6,788 2,985
2 Bluffton 115.6% 23,176 10,748
3 Fort Mill 93.9% 19,920 10,273
4 Travelers Rest 77.9% 7,947 4,466
5 Tega Cay 54.5% 10,834 7,014
6 Hanahan 51.9% 25,743 16,944
7 Moncks Corner 51.4% 11,370 7,508
8 Conway 50.7% 24,747 16,424
9 Mount Pleasant 39.3% 89,410 64,208
10 Fountain Inn 36.6% 10,127 7,411

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