The 10 Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina For 2021


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in South Carolina.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the most diverse places in South Carolina.


Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven't dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it's not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of South Carolina where there's a high level of diversity -- where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 65 cities in South Carolina from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in South Carolina for 2021:

  1. North Charleston
  2. Greenwood
  3. Greer
  4. Columbia
  5. Batesburg-Leesville
  6. Rock Hill
  7. Sumter
  8. Spartanburg
  9. Lancaster
  10. Central

So what city is the most diverse in South Carolina? According to the most Census data, North Charleston took the number one over all spot for diversity in South Carolina.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where South Carolina ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In South Carolina For 2021

North Charleston, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 111,501

HHI: 3,570
% White: 38.4%
% African American: 44.2%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on North Charleston: PhotosData

Greenwood, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,269

HHI: 3,874
% White: 40.3%
% African American: 46.2%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Greenwood: PhotosData

Greer, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 30,854

HHI: 3,963
% White: 58.2%
% African American: 16.0%
% Asian: 6.6%
More on Greer: PhotosData

Columbia, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 133,273

HHI: 4,023
% White: 49.2%
% African American: 39.4%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Columbia: PhotosData

Batesburg-Leesville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,647

HHI: 4,058
% White: 47.4%
% African American: 41.6%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Batesburg-Leesville: PhotosData

Rock Hill, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 73,334

HHI: 4,086
% White: 50.1%
% African American: 39.1%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on Rock Hill: PhotosData

Sumter, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 39,800

HHI: 4,119
% White: 41.7%
% African American: 48.4%
% Asian: 2.2%
More on Sumter: PhotosData

Spartanburg, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,424

HHI: 4,159
% White: 43.6%
% African American: 47.2%
% Asian: 2.3%
More on Spartanburg: PhotosData

Lancaster, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,143

HHI: 4,219
% White: 40.1%
% African American: 50.6%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Lancaster: PhotosData

Central, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,270

HHI: 4,257
% White: 61.6%
% African American: 18.2%
% Asian: 5.2%
More on Central: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in South Carolina 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:

  • 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*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 65 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 3,570 (North Charleston) to 8,004 (Mount Pleasant).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. North Charleston took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Mount Pleasant was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in South Carolina ranked for diversity 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 - Diversity Across South Carolina

If you're looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across South Carolina, this is an accurate list.

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

  1. Mount Pleasant
  2. Tega Cay
  3. North Myrtle Beach

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In South Carolina For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 North Charleston, SC 111,501 3,570
2 Greenwood, SC 23,269 3,874
3 Greer, SC 30,854 3,963
4 Columbia, SC 133,273 4,023
5 Batesburg-Leesville, SC 5,647 4,058
6 Rock Hill, SC 73,334 4,086
7 Sumter, SC 39,800 4,119
8 Spartanburg, SC 37,424 4,159
9 Lancaster, SC 9,143 4,219
10 Central, SC 5,270 4,257
11 Georgetown, SC 8,866 4,337
12 Cheraw, SC 5,657 4,350
13 Port Royal, SC 12,770 4,368
14 Fountain Inn, SC 9,301 4,377
15 Florence, SC 38,487 4,392
16 Laurens, SC 8,867 4,402
17 Hollywood, SC 5,176 4,403
18 Beaufort, SC 13,404 4,407
19 York, SC 8,144 4,452
20 Gaffney, SC 12,582 4,459
21 Union, SC 7,769 4,482
22 Goose Creek, SC 41,978 4,502
23 Mauldin, SC 25,217 4,559
24 Clover, SC 6,135 4,565
25 Camden, SC 7,100 4,565
26 Clinton, SC 8,443 4,638
27 Irmo, SC 12,215 4,660
28 Hartsville, SC 7,616 4,694
29 Anderson, SC 27,289 4,744
30 Newberry, SC 10,245 4,767
31 Abbeville, SC 5,045 4,780
32 Dillon, SC 6,394 4,781
33 Bennettsville, SC 8,062 4,804
34 Walterboro, SC 5,477 4,835
35 Darlington, SC 6,043 4,859
36 Conway, SC 23,838 4,865
37 Simpsonville, SC 22,234 4,925
38 West Columbia, SC 17,641 5,010
39 Hanahan, SC 24,353 5,011
40 Myrtle Beach, SC 32,700 5,017
41 Greenville, SC 67,737 5,088
42 Aiken, SC 30,671 5,127
43 Summerville, SC 53,037 5,131
44 Chester, SC 5,408 5,204
45 Cayce, SC 13,600 5,265
46 Moncks Corner, SC 10,743 5,354
47 Hardeeville, SC 6,064 5,375
48 North Augusta, SC 22,908 5,457
49 Bluffton, SC 20,799 5,496
50 Travelers Rest, SC 5,152 5,566
51 Charleston, SC 135,257 5,595
52 Seneca, SC 8,368 5,727
53 Orangeburg, SC 12,861 5,965
54 Fort Mill, SC 17,692 6,005
55 Lexington, SC 21,334 6,021
56 Forest Acres, SC 10,412 6,032
57 Clemson, SC 16,463 6,350
58 Hilton Head Island, SC 40,007 6,626
59 Marion, SC 6,466 6,735
60 Easley, SC 20,923 6,785
61 Lake City, SC 6,617 6,972
62 James Island, SC 12,076 7,440
63 North Myrtle Beach, SC 16,200 7,643
64 Tega Cay, SC 10,412 7,993
65 Mount Pleasant, SC 86,982 8,004

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