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 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
  2. Orangeburg (Photos)
  3. Lake City
  4. Chester (Photos)
  5. Bennettsville
  6. Cheraw (Photos)
  7. Darlington
  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.

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.

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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.

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1. Marion

Marion, South Carolina

Population: 6,756
% African American: 80.61%
# Of African American Residents: 5,446
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.86%

2. Orangeburg

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Population: 13,478
% African American: 76.23%
# Of African American Residents: 10,274
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.43%

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%

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%

5. Bennettsville

Bennettsville, South Carolina

Population: 8,692
% African American: 66.49%
# Of African American Residents: 5,779
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.4%

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%

7. Darlington


Population: 6,185
% African American: 63.15%
# Of African American Residents: 3,906
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.12%

8. Abbeville

Abbeville, South Carolina

Population: 5,184
% African American: 59.26%
# Of African American Residents: 3,072
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.99%

9. Georgetown

Georgetown, South Carolina

Population: 9,071
% African American: 58.97%
# Of African American Residents: 5,349
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.11%

10. Dillon

Dillon, South Carolina

Population: 6,675
% African American: 56.39%
# Of African American Residents: 3,764
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.49%

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

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

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