Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Population 2020

33,908

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city located in the state of 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 33,908 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 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.

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 Growth

Since the first census taken in 1940, the city of Myrtle Beach has primarily seen growth every ten 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 increased by almost 19% since the last count, according to recent estimates. Looking at this data show that this city is only going to continue to get more significant in terms of its population.

Myrtle Beach Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Myrtle Beach was:

  • White: 77.86%
  • Black or African American: 14.39%
  • Other race: 3.74%
  • Two or more races: 2.05%
  • Asian: 1.45%
  • Native American: 0.43%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%

How Many People Live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?

33,908
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201833,9081,1733.58%
201732,7359262.91%
201631,8091,1203.65%
201530,6891,0463.53%
201429,6438072.80%
201328,8367352.62%
201228,1015181.88%
201127,5834081.50%
201027,1754,4161.79%
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%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018480,89117,5053.64%
2017463,38615,9723.45%
2016447,41416,2473.63%
2015431,16715,1513.51%
2014416,01612,3632.97%
2013403,65310,4342.58%
2012393,2197,6771.95%
2011385,5427,2201.87%
2010378,3220.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White24,74677.86%
Black or African American4,57314.39%
Some Other Race1,1903.74%
Two or More Races6532.05%
Asian4621.45%
American Indian and Alaska Native1360.43%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander230.07%

Myrtle Beach Population Pyramid 2020

Myrtle Beach Median Age

44


Total

42.8


Male

45.3


Female

Myrtle Beach Adults

There are 25,744 adults, (6,388 of whom are seniors) in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Age Dependency

64.2

Age Dependency Ratio

33

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Myrtle Beach Sex Ratio

Female

16,528

52.00%

Male

15,255

48.00%

Myrtle Beach Households and Families

Myrtle Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Myrtle Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68.2%31.8%
All53.4%46.6%
Non Family46.6%53.4%
Female38.3%61.7%
Male38%62%

53.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All13,7742.353.4
Non Family6,3201.2846.6
Married5,1942.9768.2
Female1,4593.5938.3
Male8013.6238

3.05

Average Family Size

2.3

Average Household Size

6.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Myrtle Beach Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8123.47%
9th to 12th Grade1,7807.62%
High School Graduate6,76028.93%
Some College5,11421.89%
Associates Degree2,2979.83%
Bachelors Degree4,47819.16%
Graduate Degree2,1269.10%

Myrtle Beach Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White17,63316,3785,842
Black3,1502,639383
Hispanic1,9011,174289
Other Race454293150
Multiple Races33133160
Asian32423524
Native American66326
Islander1111

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 white people with a rate of 33.13%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$25,789$26,148$25,534
Less Than High School$18,333$18,991$17,261
High School Grad$21,797$20,255$22,716
Some College$23,946$25,000$23,084
Bachelors Degree$38,594$46,484$34,056
Graduate Degree$58,750$98,696$44,233

$25,789

Average Earnings

$26,148

Average Male

$25,534

Average Female

Myrtle Beach Language

Myrtle Beach Language by Age

Myrtle Beach Language

86.21% of Myrtle Beach residents speak only English, while 13.79% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.52% of the population.

Myrtle Beach Poverty

Myrtle Beach Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White21,7163,05514.07%
Hispanic4,2842,34354.69%
Black4,5231,60135.40%
Other1,19063653.45%
Multiple65312118.53%
Asian4626514.07%
Native1364835.29%
Islander2323100.00%

22.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.78%

Male Poverty Rate

23.00%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Myrtle Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Myrtle Beach is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Myrtle Beach is White, with 14.07% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.48%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.29%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.65%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School36.54%
High School18.88%
Some College14.34%
Bachelors or Greater6.75%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed25.51%
Male Unemployed24.26%
Male Employed14.50%
Female Employed11.86%

Myrtle Beach Income

Myrtle Beach Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,525$63,720
Families$54,571$83,822
Married Families$71,311-
Non Families$26,348$38,353

Myrtle Beach Marital Status

Myrtle Beach Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.2%

Male Marriage Rate

40.9%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Myrtle Beach Marital Status by Race

Myrtle Beach Veterans

2,353

Number of Veterans

2,232

Male Veterans

121

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,036
First Gulf War373
Second Gulf War342
Korea202
World War II54

Myrtle Beach Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,0319.78%
Black2156.21%
Hispanic974.22%
2 or More8018.39%
Indian1919.39%
Other81.36%

Myrtle Beach Veterans by Education

11.45%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.57%

Veteran Disability Rate

Myrtle Beach Employment Status

59.9%

Labor Force Participation

54.9%

Employment Rate

8.3%

Unemployment Rate

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

33.44%

Born in South Carolina

87.61%

Native Born

12.39%

Foreign Born

8.09%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

87.61% of Myrtle Beach residents were born in the United States, with 33.44% having been born in South Carolina. 8.09% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.