Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Population 2021

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Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County South Carolina. With a 2020 population of 36,459, it is the 13th largest city in South Carolina and the 1078th largest city in the United States . Myrtle Beach is currently growing at a rate of 2.48% annually and its population has increased by 34.49% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 27,109 in 2010. Myrtle Beach reached it's highest population of 36,459 in 2021. Spanning over 24 miles, Myrtle Beach has a population density of 1,547 people per square mile.

The average household income in Myrtle Beach is $70,369 with a poverty rate of 21.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $913 per month, and the median house value is $216,100. The median age in Myrtle Beach is 45.2 years, 44.9 years for males, and 45.4 years for females.

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. However, an estimated 14 million people visit this beautiful beach city every year.

Myrtle Beach Population Statistics and Economy

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.

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.

The current population of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is 36,459 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 33,813.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 27,109.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021528,73315,9163.01%
2020512,81715,9163.10%
2019496,90115,9163.20%
2018480,98517,4713.63%
2017463,51416,1773.49%
2016447,33716,1393.61%
2015431,19815,1333.51%
2014416,06512,3602.97%
2013403,70510,4062.58%
2012393,2997,6491.94%
2011385,6507,3071.89%
2010378,3430.00%

Myrtle Beach Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White25,20377.07%
Black or African American4,96215.17%
Some Other Race1,0883.33%
Asian7082.17%
Two or More Races6201.90%
American Indian and Alaska Native1190.36%
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Myrtle Beach Population by Race

Myrtle Beach Population Pyramid $2021

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Myrtle Beach Median Age

45.2


Total

44.9


Male

45.4


Female

Myrtle Beach Adults

There are 26,092 adults, (7,020 of whom are seniors) in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Age Dependency

71.5

Age Dependency Ratio

36.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Myrtle Beach Sex Ratio

Female

16,971

51.90%

Male

15,729

48.10%

Myrtle Beach Population by Age

Myrtle Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Myrtle Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.7%27.3%
All56.5%43.5%
Non Family48.7%51.3%
Female39.1%60.9%
Male28%72%

56.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Myrtle Beach Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All13,8172.3656.5
Non Family6,1391.2648.7
Married5,6103.0672.7
Female1,4033.6839.1
Male6653.7528

3.15

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

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Myrtle Beach Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0074.18%
9th to 12th Grade1,7967.46%
High School Graduate6,86028.50%
Some College5,03620.92%
Associates Degree2,45210.19%
Bachelors Degree4,58619.05%
Graduate Degree2,3359.70%
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Myrtle Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Myrtle Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White18,06716,7216,219
Black3,2972,866317
Hispanic1,9541,062143
Other Race50217736
Asian454321136
2+ Races35635693
Native American652713

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 34.42%.

Myrtle Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,024$28,438$26,307
Less Than 9th Grade$19,523$22,319$17,982
High School Graduate$23,463$21,233$25,089
Some College$25,195$26,510$23,241
Bachelors Degree$40,518$51,552$34,112
Graduate Degree$63,259$73,500$50,724

$27,024

Average Earnings

$28,438

Average Male

$26,307

Average Female

Myrtle Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Myrtle Beach Language by Age

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Myrtle Beach Language

86.35% of Myrtle Beach residents speak only English, while 13.65% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.23% of the population.

Myrtle Beach Language

Myrtle Beach Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White22,2052,98213.43%
Hispanic4,2662,27853.40%
Black4,8891,61132.95%
Other1,08871365.53%
Asian70820729.24%
Multiple62013121.13%
Native1193226.89%

21.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.49%

Male Poverty Rate

21.76%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Myrtle Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Myrtle Beach is Other, with 65.53% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Myrtle Beach is White, with 13.43% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.76%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.50%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.45%.

Myrtle Beach Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade35.37%
High School17.25%
Some College13.62%
Bachelors or Greater7.05%

Myrtle Beach Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed36.46%
Female Unemployed32.25%
Male Employed13.62%
Female Employed11.40%

Myrtle Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Myrtle Beach Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$43,200$70,369
Families$61,511$91,878
Married Families$76,647-
Non Families$27,461$41,903
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Income by Household Type

Myrtle Beach Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.0%

Male Marriage Rate

42.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Myrtle Beach Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Myrtle Beach Marital Status

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2,396

Number of Veterans

2,247

Male Veterans

149

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,197
Second Gulf War275
First Gulf War220
Korea218
World War II57

Myrtle Beach Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,002
75+620
55 to 64377
35 to 54279
18 to 34118

Myrtle Beach Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,0749.96%
Black2256.06%
Hispanic803.49%
2+ Races7218.09%
Native American2527.17%

Myrtle Beach Veterans by Race

Myrtle Beach Veterans by Education

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11.71%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.71%

Veteran Disability Rate

Myrtle Beach Veterans by Education

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59%

Labor Force Participation

54.8%

Employment Rate

7%

Unemployment Rate

Myrtle Beach Employment by Age

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Myrtle Beach Employment by Race

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Myrtle Beach Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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33.76%

Born in Myrtle Beach

87.78%

Native Born

12.22%

Foreign Born

8.54%

Non Citizen

3.68%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.78% of Myrtle Beach residents were born in the United States, with 33.76% having been born in South Carolina. 8.54% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Myrtle Beach Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202136,4598822.48%
202035,5778822.54%
201934,6958822.61%
201833,8131,1593.55%
201732,6549302.93%
201631,7241,1083.62%
201530,6161,0383.51%
201429,5788102.82%
201328,7687162.55%
201228,0525241.90%
201127,5284061.50%
201027,1224,3631.77%
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 by Year