The 10 South Carolina Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2022


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

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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 Native American population.

There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:

  1. White
  2. Hispanic
  3. African American

But those are only the major races, there's a whole bunch of other races people are interested in knowing about.

And today, we are going to look at the percent of the population in South Carolina that are Native American.

Native Americans are not a major portion of the current American Population, but they are still very important.

There are now over 2 million people who identify as Native American living in America, making up .65% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Native American population in South Carolina is 14,085 - at 0.3% of the total population of South Carolina.

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

The 10 Cities In South Carolina With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

  1. Abbeville
  2. Dillon
  3. Bennettsville
  4. Batesburg-Leesville
  5. West Columbia
  6. North Myrtle Beach
  7. York
  8. Florence
  9. Lake City
  10. Goose Creek

Which city in South Carolina had the largest Native American population?

Abbeville took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in South Carolina for 2022. 2.19% of Abbeville identify as Native American.

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

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Cities In South Carolina With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Abbeville, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 5,014
% Native American: 2.19%
# Of Native American Residents: 110
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Abbeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dillon, SC

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5
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Population: 6,358
% Native American: 0.94%
# Of Native American Residents: 60
Percent Change Since 2010: -54.89%
More on Dillon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bennettsville, SC

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2
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Population: 7,905
% Native American: 0.91%
# Of Native American Residents: 72
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.46%
More on Bennettsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Batesburg-Leesville, SC

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3
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Population: 5,504
% Native American: 0.87%
# Of Native American Residents: 48
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Batesburg-Leesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Columbia, SC

Source: Public domain
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5
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Population: 17,782
% Native American: 0.62%
# Of Native American Residents: 111
Percent Change Since 2010: 141.3%
More on West Columbia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Myrtle Beach, SC

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6
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Population: 16,684
% Native American: 0.57%
# Of Native American Residents: 95
Percent Change Since 2010: 163.89%
More on North Myrtle Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

York, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 8,287
% Native American: 0.56%
# Of Native American Residents: 46
Percent Change Since 2010: 283.33%
More on York: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Florence, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 38,535
% Native American: 0.53%
# Of Native American Residents: 203
Percent Change Since 2010: 1168.75%
More on Florence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake City, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,562
% Native American: 0.47%
# Of Native American Residents: 31
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Lake City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Goose Creek, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 42,944
% Native American: 0.43%
# Of Native American Residents: 184
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.88%
More on Goose Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In South Carolina With The Largest Native American 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 American Indian and Alaska Native alone.

We limited our analysis to places with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 2.19% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of American Indian and Alaska Native population with a higher score being more American Indian and Alaska Native than a lower score. Abbeville took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Camden was the least Native American city.

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

Summary: Native American Populations Across South Carolina

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

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

  1. Camden
  2. Forest Acres
  3. Hartsville

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In South Carolina?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Abbeville 2.19% 5,014
2 Dillon 0.94% 6,358
3 Bennettsville 0.91% 7,905
4 Batesburg-Leesville 0.87% 5,504
5 West Columbia 0.62% 17,782
6 North Myrtle Beach 0.57% 16,684
7 York 0.56% 8,287
8 Florence 0.53% 38,535
9 Lake City 0.47% 6,562
10 Goose Creek 0.43% 42,944
11 Sumter 0.39% 39,758
12 Fountain Inn 0.39% 10,127
13 Newberry 0.38% 10,219
14 Summerville 0.37% 53,643
15 Georgetown 0.34% 8,884
16 Anderson 0.32% 27,387
17 Spartanburg 0.31% 37,448
18 Greer 0.22% 32,229
19 Lexington 0.21% 21,847
20 North Charleston 0.2% 113,880
21 Bluffton 0.2% 23,176
22 Clemson 0.2% 16,917
23 Aiken 0.2% 31,428
24 Gaffney 0.2% 12,733
25 Beaufort 0.19% 13,417
26 Greenville 0.17% 69,648
27 Hanahan 0.16% 25,743
28 Rock Hill 0.15% 74,410
29 Cayce 0.15% 13,964
30 Mount Pleasant 0.14% 89,410
31 Columbia 0.13% 134,057
32 Walterboro 0.13% 5,417
33 Conway 0.12% 24,747
34 Myrtle Beach 0.12% 33,638
35 Laurens 0.11% 8,863
36 Fort Mill 0.11% 19,920
37 Seneca 0.09% 8,424
38 Darlington 0.08% 6,000
39 Lancaster 0.07% 9,187
40 Simpsonville 0.06% 23,200
41 Charleston 0.05% 137,041
42 Orangeburg 0.04% 12,713
43 Union 0.04% 7,716
44 Greenwood 0.03% 23,351
45 Hilton Head Island 0.02% 40,000
46 Clinton 0.0% 8,347
47 Cheraw 0.0% 5,596
48 Tega Cay 0.0% 10,834
49 Chester 0.0% 5,392
50 North Augusta 0.0% 23,370
51 Port Royal 0.0% 13,265
52 Moncks Corner 0.0% 11,370
53 Mauldin 0.0% 25,829
54 Marion 0.0% 6,598
55 Easley 0.0% 21,149
56 Irmo 0.0% 12,397
57 Hartsville 0.0% 7,559
58 Forest Acres 0.0% 10,300
59 Camden 0.0% 7,185

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