These Are The 10 South Carolina Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in South Carolina have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in South Carolina is 1,311,344 – at 27.1% of the total population of South Carolina.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted South Carolina? Which cities and towns in South Carolina have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in South Carolina with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Marion (Photos)
  2. Orangeburg (Photos)
  3. Lake City (Photos)
  4. Chester (Photos)
  5. Bennettsville (Photos)
  6. Cheraw (Photos)
  7. Darlington (Photos)
  8. Abbeville (Photos)
  9. Georgetown (Photos)
  10. Dillon (Photos)

Marion took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in South Carolina for 2018. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where South Carolina ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in South Carolina or the most diverse places in South Carolina.

How We Determined The Cities In South Carolina With The Largest Black Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across South Carolina.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 80.6% to 3.2%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Marion took the distinction of being the most Black, while North Myrtle Beach was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in South Carolina ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

1. Marion

Marion, South Carolina

Population: 6,756
% African American: 80.61%
# Of African American Residents: 5,446
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.86%
More on Marion: Data | Jobs

Marion is a city in Marion County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 6,711 at the 2016 census. It is the county seat of Marion County. It is named for Francis Marion, a Brigadier General from South Carolina in the American Revolutionary War.

2. Orangeburg

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Population: 13,478
% African American: 76.23%
# Of African American Residents: 10,274
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.43%
More on Orangeburg: Data | Jobs

Orangeburg, also known as The Garden City, is the principal city in and the county seat of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, United States. The population of the city was 13,964 according to the 2010 United States census. The city is located 37 miles southeast of Columbia, on the north fork of the Edisto River in the Piedmont area.

3. Lake City

Lake City, South Carolina

Population: 6,751
% African American: 75.63%
# Of African American Residents: 5,106
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.26%
More on Lake City: Data | Jobs

Lake City is a city in Florence County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 6,675 at the 2010 census. Located in central South Carolina, it is south of Florence and included as part of the Florence Metropolitan Statistical Area.

4. Chester

Chester, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,498
% African American: 67.26%
# Of African American Residents: 3,698
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.67%
More on Chester: Data | Jobs

Chester is a small rural city in Chester County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 5,607 at the 2010 census, down from 6,476 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Chester County.

5. Bennettsville

Bennettsville, South Carolina

Population: 8,692
% African American: 66.49%
# Of African American Residents: 5,779
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.4%
More on Bennettsville: Data | Jobs

Bennettsville is a city located in the U.S. state of South Carolina on the Great Pee Dee River. As the county seat of Marlboro County, Bennettsville is noted for its historic homes and buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries – including the Bennettsville Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

6. Cheraw

Cheraw, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,793
% African American: 63.46%
# Of African American Residents: 3,676
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.93%
More on Cheraw: Data | Jobs

Cheraw is a town on the Pee Dee River in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties, South Carolina, United States. The population was 5,851 at the 2010 census and has the lowest per capita income level of any municipality of 5,000 or more residents in the Pee Dee region. It has been nicknamed “The Prettiest Town in Dixie”. The harbor tug USS Cheraw was named in the town’s honor.

7. Darlington

Darlington, South Carolina

Population: 6,185
% African American: 63.15%
# Of African American Residents: 3,906
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.12%
More on Darlington: Data | Jobs

Darlington is a city located in Darlington County, South Carolina, United States. In 2016, its population was 6,117. It is the county seat of Darlington County. It is part of the Florence, South Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.

8. Abbeville

Abbeville, South Carolina

Population: 5,184
% African American: 59.26%
# Of African American Residents: 3,072
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.99%
More on Abbeville: Data | Jobs

Abbeville is a city in Abbeville County, South Carolina, United States, 86 miles west of Columbia and 45 miles south of Greenville. Its population was 5,237 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Abbeville County. Settled by French Huguenot settlers, it was named, along with the county, for the French town of the same name.

9. Georgetown

Georgetown, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,071
% African American: 58.97%
# Of African American Residents: 5,349
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.11%
More on Georgetown: Data | Jobs

Georgetown is the third oldest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina and the county seat of Georgetown County, in the Lowcountry. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 9,163. Located on Winyah Bay at the confluence of the Black, Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw, and Sampit rivers, Georgetown is the second largest seaport in South Carolina, handling over 960,000 tons of materials a year. Georgetown is also the birthplace of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s grandfather, Fraser Robinson. Many of Michelle Obama’s relatives still reside in Georgetown.

10. Dillon

Dillon, South Carolina

Population: 6,675
% African American: 56.39%
# Of African American Residents: 3,764
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.49%
More on Dillon: Data | Jobs

There You Have It – Black Populations Across South Carolina

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across South Carolina according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in South Carolina:

  1. North Myrtle Beach
  2. Mount Pleasant
  3. Tega Cay

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In South Carolina

Rank City Population % African American
1 Marion 6,756 80.61%
2 Orangeburg 13,478 76.23%
3 Lake City 6,751 75.63%
4 Chester 5,498 67.26%
5 Bennettsville 8,692 66.49%
6 Cheraw 5,793 63.46%
7 Darlington 6,185 63.15%
8 Abbeville 5,184 59.26%
9 Georgetown 9,071 58.97%
10 Dillon 6,675 56.39%
11 Newberry 10,338 52.01%
12 Lancaster 8,971 50.32%
13 Walterboro 5,287 48.74%
14 Spartanburg 37,570 48.13%
15 Union 8,081 47.32%
16 Sumter 40,760 47.17%
17 North Charleston 106,113 46.74%
18 Florence 38,221 46.07%
19 Hartsville 7,816 44.36%
20 Batesburg-Leesville 5,273 42.29%
21 Greenwood 23,260 42.15%
22 Gaffney 12,859 41.56%
23 Columbia 132,537 40.87%
24 Conway 20,631 40.39%
25 Rock Hill 70,251 39.48%
26 Irmo 11,851 36.71%
27 Clinton 8,409 36.26%
28 Laurens 9,046 35.71%
29 York 7,989 35.44%
30 Fountain Inn 8,044 34.24%
31 Anderson 27,206 32.1%
32 Camden 7,017 30.2%
33 Beaufort 13,074 29.92%
34 Aiken 30,403 28.75%
35 Greenville 62,776 27.02%
36 Moncks Corner 9,300 26.83%
37 Seneca 8,228 26.3%
38 Mauldin 24,723 24.04%
39 Charleston 129,888 23.09%
40 Cayce 13,684 22.4%
41 Forest Acres 10,571 20.2%
42 Goose Creek 40,553 19.88%
43 North Augusta 22,310 19.36%
44 West Columbia 15,947 19.15%
45 Summerville 47,919 18.55%
46 Greer 27,739 17.84%
47 Simpsonville 20,183 17.8%
48 Fort Mill 13,181 17.38%
49 Port Royal 11,891 15.84%
50 Hanahan 20,710 14.15%
51 Myrtle Beach 30,106 13.16%
52 Bluffton 15,765 13.14%
53 Easley 20,464 12.91%
54 Lexington 20,315 11.18%
55 Clemson 15,008 7.24%
56 Hilton Head Island 39,651 7.03%
57 Tega Cay 9,026 5.5%
58 Mount Pleasant 77,907 5.18%
59 North Myrtle Beach 15,201 3.18%

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