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 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%
201027,1844,42519.44%
200022,759-2,089-8.41%
199024,8486,40234.71%
198018,4469,910116.10%
19708,5367028.96%
19607,8344,489134.20%
19503,3451,745109.06%
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

0k0k0k0k0k Male Population0k0k0k0k0k Female Population757065605550454035302520151050

Myrtle Beach Median Age

41.1


Total

40.5


Male

42.2


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 26,302 adults 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 Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
4.2
Houses Without Mortgage
2,859
Houses With Mortgage
3,698
Vacancy Rate
45
Median Rent
824
Median Home Value
173,600
Renter-Occupied Units
6,411
Owner-Occupied Units
6,557
Total Housing Units
23,572

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Myrtle Beach for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 6.5% and the labor force participation rate is 64.1%.

Myrtle Beach Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.31
Average Family Size
2.96
Total Households
12968
Married Couple Households
4692
Male Householder (no wife) Families
654
Female Householder (no husband) Families
1716
Non Family Households
5906
Total Families
7062
Households With Own Children
2709
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
6.6
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.4

Myrtle Beach Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
1,167
$10,000 to $14,999
1,034
$15,000 to $24,999
2,201
$25,000 to $34,999
1,853
$35,000 to $49,999
1,582
$50,000 to $74,999
2,298
$75,000 to $99,999
944
$100,000 to $149,999
1,000
$150,000 to $199,999
345
Over $200,000
544

Myrtle Beach Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Myrtle Beach

South Carolina

$37,023

$46,898

$60,398

$64,115

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Myrtle Beach Education Data

Myrtle Beach Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
1,1435.21%
9th to 12th Grade
2,0409.30%
High School Graduate
6,07127.66%
Some College
5,27424.03%
Associates Degree
1,7007.75%
Bachelors Degree
3,76717.16%
Graduate Degree
1,9518.89%