CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Holy City has bragging rights as the state’s largest city, according to new census data.
Charleston now has a population of 150,227 people. That’s nearly 60,000 more people than a decade ago.
Columbia is close behind with 136,632 people, followed by North Charleston with 114,852 people, and Mount Pleasant with 90,801 people.
All of the Lowcountry’s major cities saw growth, but the increase in Moncks Corner may be most significant.
The town has nearly doubled since 2010 from 7,885 to 13,297 in 2020. The town of Summerville’s population rose by 17%.
Since 2010, South Carolina has grown by nearly 500,000 people to a total population of 5.1 million in 2020.
The 10.7% increase makes South Carolina the 10th fastest-growing state and 23rd most populous state in the country.
The two largest racial and ethnic groups in the South Carolina, Caucasians and African Americans, both saw their share of the population decrease in the past decade.
The percentage of Caucasians fell from 64.1 % in 2010 to the current 62.1%. The percentage of Black South Carolinians fell from 27.7% in 2010 to 24.8% currently.
People who are Hispanic or Latino make up South Carolina’s third-largest group, growing from 5.1% to 6.9% of the population over the past ten years.