The 10 South Carolina Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


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

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Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise "most of the minority". We're not totally sure that's a term, but it's an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a "minority of the minority", generally. But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in South Carolina is 82,800 - at 1.6% of the total population of South Carolina.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups -- Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

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

Here are the cities in South Carolina with the largest Asian population in 2022:

  1. Clemson
  2. Tega Cay
  3. Greer
  4. Lexington
  5. Hanahan
  6. Cayce
  7. Goose Creek
  8. Irmo
  9. North Myrtle Beach
  10. Walterboro

Which city in South Carolina had the largest Asian population? Clemson took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in South Carolina for 2022. 7.6% of Clemson identify as Asian.

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In South Carolina For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,917
% Asian: 7.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,285
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.77%
More on Clemson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clemson, SC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,834
% Asian: 6.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 715
Percent Change Since 2010: 731.4%
More on Tega Cay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tega Cay, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,229
% Asian: 5.18%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,669
Percent Change Since 2010: 429.84%
More on Greer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greer, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,847
% Asian: 5.16%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,128
Percent Change Since 2010: 399.12%
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lexington, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,743
% Asian: 4.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,269
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.83%
More on Hanahan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hanahan, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,964
% Asian: 4.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 688
Percent Change Since 2010: 290.91%
More on Cayce: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cayce, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 42,944
% Asian: 4.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,878
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.31%
More on Goose Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Goose Creek, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,397
% Asian: 3.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 453
Percent Change Since 2010: 323.36%
More on Irmo: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,684
% Asian: 3.48%
# Of Asian Residents: 580
Percent Change Since 2010: 1060.0%
More on North Myrtle Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,417
% Asian: 3.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 177
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Walterboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Walterboro, SC

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In South Carolina With The Largest Asian Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 Asian alone.

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 Asian. The percentages ranked from 7.6% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Clemson took the distinction of being the most Asian, while York was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

Summary: Asian Populations Across South Carolina

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in South Carolina:

  1. York
  2. Camden
  3. Cheraw

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In South Carolina

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Clemson 7.6% 16,917
2 Tega Cay 6.6% 10,834
3 Greer 5.18% 32,229
4 Lexington 5.16% 21,847
5 Hanahan 4.93% 25,743
6 Cayce 4.93% 13,964
7 Goose Creek 4.37% 42,944
8 Irmo 3.65% 12,397
9 North Myrtle Beach 3.48% 16,684
10 Walterboro 3.27% 5,417
11 Marion 2.97% 6,598
12 Columbia 2.83% 134,057
13 Greenville 2.82% 69,648
14 Mauldin 2.73% 25,829
15 Florence 2.51% 38,535
16 North Charleston 2.35% 113,880
17 Sumter 2.33% 39,758
18 West Columbia 2.31% 17,782
19 Forest Acres 2.3% 10,300
20 Beaufort 2.21% 13,417
21 Charleston 2.08% 137,041
22 Myrtle Beach 2.0% 33,638
23 Spartanburg 1.97% 37,448
24 Summerville 1.91% 53,643
25 Rock Hill 1.89% 74,410
26 Mount Pleasant 1.83% 89,410
27 Greenwood 1.73% 23,351
28 Aiken 1.72% 31,428
29 Bluffton 1.66% 23,176
30 Simpsonville 1.27% 23,200
31 Fort Mill 1.27% 19,920
32 Easley 1.23% 21,149
33 Clinton 1.1% 8,347
34 Port Royal 0.85% 13,265
35 Laurens 0.83% 8,863
36 Hilton Head Island 0.76% 40,000
37 North Augusta 0.71% 23,370
38 Conway 0.57% 24,747
39 Bennettsville 0.54% 7,905
40 Chester 0.41% 5,392
41 Seneca 0.32% 8,424
42 Moncks Corner 0.28% 11,370
43 Hartsville 0.26% 7,559
44 Batesburg-Leesville 0.25% 5,504
45 Anderson 0.25% 27,387
46 Newberry 0.23% 10,219
47 Fountain Inn 0.18% 10,127
48 Orangeburg 0.17% 12,713
49 Gaffney 0.11% 12,733
50 Lancaster 0.03% 9,187
51 Union 0.0% 7,716
52 Abbeville 0.0% 5,014
53 Lake City 0.0% 6,562
54 Georgetown 0.0% 8,884
55 Dillon 0.0% 6,358
56 Darlington 0.0% 6,000
57 Cheraw 0.0% 5,596
58 Camden 0.0% 7,185
59 York 0.0% 8,287

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in South Carolina with the largest Asian population.

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