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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Myrtle Beach had a population of 36,480 as of July 1, 2019. Myrtle Beach ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Myrtle Beach is located at latitude 33.6891 and longitude -78.8867 in Horry County. The formal boundaries for the City of Myrtle Beach encompass a land area of 23.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.24 sq. miles. Horry County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 26 feet.

The City of Myrtle Beach (GNIS ID: 2404346) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

South Carolina is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Myrtle Beach is located within Myrtle Beach Division of Horry County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Myrtle Beach: Long Bay, New Town.

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Myrtle Beach, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Myrtle Beach, SC Housing Affordability Index is 96
State of South Carolina Housing Affordability Index is 149
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Myrtle Beach, SC Wealth Index is 72
State of South Carolina Wealth Index is 81
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 36,480 (100%)
Population in Households 36,238 (99.3%)
Population in Families 24,138 (66.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 242 ( 0.7%)
Population Density 1,545
Diversity Index2 62
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $39,317
Average Household Income $64,134
Per Capita Income $28,397
Wealth Index4 72

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 28,945 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,177 (28.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,048 (27.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,720 (43.9%)
Median Home Value $220,011
Housing Affordability Index3 96
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 16,225
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 8,320
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 3.26% 2.56%
Households 3.21% 2.55%
Families 3.01% 2.37%
Median Household Income   2.77%
Per Capita Income   2.75%

Myrtle Beach, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Myrtle Beach to the other 397 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 13 97th
Population Density # 52 87th
Diversity Index # 39 90th
Median Household Income # 218 45th
Per Capita Income # 80 80th

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