The 10 South Carolina Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in South Carolina with the largest Asian population.

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 78,102 - 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 2021:

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

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 2021. 7.54% 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 2021

Clemson, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,463
% Asian: 7.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,241
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.02%
More on Clemson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greer, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 30,854
% Asian: 6.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,033
Percent Change Since 2010: 545.4%
More on Greer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cayce, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,600
% Asian: 5.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 731
Percent Change Since 2010: 315.34%
More on Cayce: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hanahan, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,353
% Asian: 4.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,167
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.49%
More on Hanahan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lexington, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,334
% Asian: 4.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 931
Percent Change Since 2010: 311.95%
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Goose Creek, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 41,978
% Asian: 3.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,385
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.06%
More on Goose Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tega Cay, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,412
% Asian: 3.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 314
Percent Change Since 2010: 265.12%
More on Tega Cay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,200
% Asian: 2.94%
# Of Asian Residents: 476
Percent Change Since 2010: 852.0%
More on North Myrtle Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marion, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,466
% Asian: 2.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 176
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Marion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Columbia, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 133,273
% Asian: 2.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,616
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.81%
More on Columbia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In South Carolina With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 7.5% 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.

There You Have It - 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. Darlington

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In South Carolina

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Clemson 7.54% 16,463
2 Greer 6.59% 30,854
3 Cayce 5.38% 13,600
4 Hanahan 4.79% 24,353
5 Lexington 4.36% 21,334
6 Goose Creek 3.3% 41,978
7 Tega Cay 3.02% 10,412
8 North Myrtle Beach 2.94% 16,200
9 Marion 2.72% 6,466
10 Columbia 2.71% 133,273
11 Mauldin 2.63% 25,217
12 Forest Acres 2.43% 10,412
13 Greenville 2.35% 67,737
14 Spartanburg 2.33% 37,424
15 Florence 2.28% 38,487
16 Port Royal 2.2% 12,770
17 Sumter 2.2% 39,800
18 Beaufort 2.18% 13,404
19 Myrtle Beach 2.17% 32,700
20 Bluffton 2.1% 20,799
21 North Charleston 2.08% 111,501
22 Charleston 1.92% 135,257
23 Summerville 1.92% 53,037
24 Rock Hill 1.88% 73,334
25 Mount Pleasant 1.79% 86,982
26 West Columbia 1.7% 17,641
27 Greenwood 1.65% 23,269
28 Easley 1.52% 20,923
29 Aiken 1.48% 30,671
30 Cheraw 1.45% 5,657
31 Simpsonville 1.36% 22,234
32 Irmo 1.31% 12,215
33 Fort Mill 1.27% 17,692
34 Clinton 1.13% 8,443
35 Hilton Head Island 0.88% 40,007
36 Conway 0.78% 23,838
37 Laurens 0.73% 8,867
38 Hartsville 0.68% 7,616
39 North Augusta 0.68% 22,908
40 Bennettsville 0.62% 8,062
41 Anderson 0.35% 27,289
42 Orangeburg 0.35% 12,861
43 Seneca 0.35% 8,368
44 Newberry 0.27% 10,245
45 Moncks Corner 0.2% 10,743
46 Chester 0.2% 5,408
47 Gaffney 0.2% 12,582
48 Lancaster 0.2% 9,143
49 Batesburg-Leesville 0.19% 5,647
50 Fountain Inn 0.16% 9,301
51 Union 0.0% 7,769
52 Walterboro 0.0% 5,477
53 Abbeville 0.0% 5,045
54 Lake City 0.0% 6,617
55 Georgetown 0.0% 8,866
56 Dillon 0.0% 6,394
57 Darlington 0.0% 6,043
58 Camden 0.0% 7,100
59 York 0.0% 8,144

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