Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Population 2018

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city located in South Carolina. More specifically, it is located in Horry County. Myrtle Beach is the center of the Grand Strand area, a stretch of beach that is one of the top tourist destinations in the state. The estimated population of this city is 32,240 people. However, an estimated 14 million people visit this beautiful beach city every year.

Myrtle Beach History

The Waccamaw Tribe were the earliest inhabitants of Myrtle Beach. The first Europeans did not arrive until the late 18th century. Unfortunately, there are not many records of this time period, so the actual history had to be pieced together using land grant documents.

Early settlers grew indigo and tobacco. However, the sandy soil resulted in few crops that were of much lower quality than crops grown in other areas. What is now known as the Grand Strand was mostly unsettled before the American Revolution. Once colonies began to gain their independence, the area still remained unsettled.

Growth began in the last 1800s with the arrival of the railroad, which transported timber from the coast to inland cities. Lumber and railroad workers would travel to the local beaches when not at work, marking the early beginnings of Myrtle Beach as a tourist spot. At the beginning of the 20th century, the idea formed to make the region a tourist destination. The area was named in 1900, and the name is based on the Southern Wax Myrtle, which grows in the region. Myrtle Beach was incorporated in 1938 as a town. It gained status as a city in 1957.

Throughout the years, the city has become a popular spot for tourists from all over the state, nation and worldwide. Approximately 14 million tourists visit Myrtle Beach each year. The city’s beach is lined with hotels, resorts, restaurants and other attractions including shopping centers and amusement parks. The city is a popular spot for special conventions and events. It is also a popular destination for cyclists who attend motorcycle rallies annually.

Myrtle Beach Demographics

Myrtle Beach has a population of over 32,000 people. It is the 13th largest city by population in the state of South Carolina. Myrtle Beach encompasses a total of almost 17 square miles and has a population density of 1,356 people per square mile.

Over 72% of the population in Myrtle Beach is White. Almost 14% is Black, 1.5% are Asian, and 2.7% are mixed race. Over 13% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origins. The largest age group residing in Myrtle Beach is the 25 to 44 group, making up over 33% of the population. Eighteen percent of the population is under the age of 18, while 15% are at least 65 years old. There are more males than females living in Myrtle Beach. Approximately 12% if the population lives below the federal poverty line.

The city’s economy revolves around the tourism industry. Hotels, resorts, and almost 100 golf courses are just a few of the things that fuel this city’s economy. Manufacturing is also an important industry, producing such products as foam, plastic, rubber and ceramic.

Myrtle Beach Population

Since the first census taken in 1940, the city of Myrtle Beach has primarily seen growth every 10 years. The population jumped significantly from 1970 to 1980, rising from over 8,500 to over 18,000. The city did see a decline at the time of the 2000 census, dropping by over 8%. However, the population was on the rise again at the time of the 2010 census. The census grew by over 19% between 2000 and 2010 to over 27,000. The population has already grown by almost 19% since the last census, according to recent estimates. Looking at this data show that this city is only going to continue to get bigger in terms of its population.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201732,7959613.02%
201631,8341,1313.68%
201530,7031,0443.52%
201429,6598012.78%
201328,8587312.60%
201228,1275221.89%
201127,6054211.55%
201027,1844,4251.79%
200022,759-2,089-0.87%
199024,8486,4023.02%
198018,4469,9108.01%
19708,5367020.86%
19607,8344,4898.88%
19503,3451,7457.65%
19401,6000.00%

Myrtle Beach Population in 2018Source: By The ed17 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White23,447
Black or African American4,096
Some Other Race1,160
Two or More Races552
Asian486
American Indian and Alaska Native236
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander129

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Myrtle Beach Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Myrtle Beach Median Age

41.1


Total

40.5


Male

42.2


Female

Myrtle Beach Adults

There are 24,145 adults, (5,299 of which are seniors) in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Age Dependency

59.8

Age Dependency Ratio

28.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Myrtle Beach Sex Ratio

Female

15,445

51.30%

Male

14,661

48.70%

Myrtle Beach Households and Families

Myrtle Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Myrtle Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married64.9%35.1%
All50.6%49.4%
Male50.3%49.7%
Non Family44.1%55.9%
Female33.6%66.4%

50.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Myrtle Beach Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All12,9682.3150.6
Non Family5,9061.3744.1
Married4,6922.8764.9
Female1,7163.633.6
Male6543.3350.3

2.96

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

6.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Myrtle Beach Households

Myrtle Beach Education

Myrtle Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1435.21%
9th to 12th Grade2,0409.30%
High School Graduate6,07127.66%
Some College5,27424.03%
Associates Degree1,7007.75%
Bachelors Degree3,76717.16%
Graduate Degree1,9518.89%

Myrtle Beach Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White16,41714,8685,163
Black2,7332,279272
Hispanic2,1251,098254
Other Race430279121
Asian3532528
Multiple Races25122714
Native American7036
Islander32327

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 31.45%.

Myrtle Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$24,488$26,164$22,811
Less Than High School$18,917$20,147$16,429
High School Grad$20,671$22,051$19,120
Some College$23,878$24,200$23,533
Bachelors Degree$38,996$40,553$37,011
Graduate Degree$46,085$65,313$37,188

$24,488

Average Earnings

$26,164

Average Male

$22,811

Average Female

Myrtle Beach Language

Myrtle Beach Language by Age

Myrtle Beach Language

83.27% of Myrtle Beach residents speak only English, while 16.73% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.12% of the population.

Myrtle Beach Poverty

Myrtle Beach Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White20,5603,26215.87%
Hispanic3,9131,81446.36%
Black4,0591,53637.84%
Other1,16058150.09%
Islander12911286.82%
Native2369439.83%
Asian4868116.67%
Multiple5526712.14%

22.94%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.17%

Male Poverty Rate

24.60%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Myrtle Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Myrtle Beach is Islander, with 86.82% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Myrtle Beach is Multiple, with 12.14% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.44%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.69%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.85%.

Myrtle Beach Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School34.23%
High School21.21%
Some College14.71%
Bachelors or Greater8.18%

Myrtle Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Male Unemployed33.90%
Female Unemployed33.42%
Female Employed14.40%
Male Employed12.86%

Myrtle Beach Income

Myrtle Beach Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$37,023$60,398
Families$50,527$76,228
Married Families$66,786$
Non Families$25,050$39,719

Myrtle Beach Marital Status

Myrtle Beach Marital Status

Marriage Rates

40.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.5%

Male Marriage Rate

39.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Myrtle Beach Married by Age and Sex

Myrtle Beach Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Myrtle Beach Marital Status by Race

Myrtle Beach Veterans

Myrtle Beach Veterans by War

2,100

Number of Veterans

2,002

Male Veterans

98

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam803
First Gulf War404
Second Gulf War281
Korea163
World War II51

Myrtle Beach Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 74560
35 to 54535
75+482
55 to 64398
18 to 34125

Myrtle Beach Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White1,9019.71%
Black1193.78%
Hispanic953.92%
2 or More5719.00%
Indian107.75%
Asian82.09%
Other50.98%

Myrtle Beach Veterans by Education

10.86%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.57%

Veteran Disability Rate

Myrtle Beach Employment Status

Myrtle Beach Employment by Age

64.1%

Labor Force Participation

57.5%

Employment Rate

10.1%

Unemployment Rate

Myrtle Beach Employment by Race

Myrtle Beach Employment by Education

Myrtle Beach Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

33.92%

Born in South Carolina

84.43%

Native Born

15.57%

Foreign Born

10.75%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

84.43% of Myrtle Beach residents were born in the United States, with 33.92% having been born in South Carolina. 10.75% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.