These Are The 10 South Carolina Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in South Carolina with 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 2019:

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

Marion took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in South Carolina for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 78.1% to 2.9%.

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.

Marion, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,590
% African American: 78.15%
# Of African American Residents: 5,150
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.0%
More on Marion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Lake City, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,697
% African American: 77.08%
# Of African American Residents: 5,162
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.41%
More on Lake City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Orangeburg, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 13,215
% African American: 76.51%
# Of African American Residents: 10,111
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.16%
More on Orangeburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Chester, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 5,446
% African American: 69.17%
# Of African American Residents: 3,767
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.7%
More on Chester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bennettsville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 8,493
% African American: 65.24%
# Of African American Residents: 5,541
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.22%
More on Bennettsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Cheraw, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

2
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Population: 5,702
% African American: 63.5%
# Of African American Residents: 3,621
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.28%
More on Cheraw: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Darlington, SC

Overall SnackAbility

2
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Population: 6,075
% African American: 60.94%
# Of African American Residents: 3,702
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.27%
More on Darlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Georgetown, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 8,960
% African American: 57.51%
# Of African American Residents: 5,153
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.22%
More on Georgetown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Abbeville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 5,103
% African American: 57.12%
# Of African American Residents: 2,915
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.27%
More on Abbeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Dillon, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,540
% African American: 54.3%
# Of African American Residents: 3,551
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.18%
More on Dillon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. Tega Cay
  3. Mount Pleasant

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In South Carolina

Rank City % African American Population
1 Marion 78.15% 6,590
2 Lake City 77.08% 6,697
3 Orangeburg 76.51% 13,215
4 Chester 69.17% 5,446
5 Bennettsville 65.24% 8,493
6 Cheraw 63.5% 5,702
7 Darlington 60.94% 6,075
8 Georgetown 57.51% 8,960
9 Abbeville 57.12% 5,103
10 Dillon 54.3% 6,540
11 Walterboro 53.55% 5,143
12 Newberry 52.08% 10,257
13 Lancaster 49.64% 8,948
14 Hartsville 49.21% 7,694
15 Sumter 48.88% 40,286
16 Spartanburg 47.28% 37,384
17 North Charleston 46.8% 108,186
18 Union 46.72% 7,926
19 Batesburg-Leesville 45.28% 5,440
20 Florence 44.97% 37,840
21 Greenwood 42.56% 23,148
22 Columbia 40.56% 132,236
23 Laurens 40.16% 8,931
24 Rock Hill 38.9% 70,764
25 Conway 38.22% 21,534
26 Gaffney 37.46% 12,756
27 Clinton 37.25% 8,538
28 Irmo 36.95% 11,950
29 Camden 34.77% 7,000
30 York 34.4% 8,001
31 Fountain Inn 34.12% 8,455
32 Anderson 32.24% 27,011
33 Seneca 29.05% 8,199
34 Beaufort 28.03% 13,413
35 Moncks Corner 27.19% 9,759
36 Aiken 26.82% 30,277
37 Greenville 25.42% 64,061
38 Mauldin 24.57% 24,813
39 Cayce 24.53% 13,668
40 Charleston 21.86% 131,204
41 North Augusta 21.34% 22,268
42 Goose Creek 20.13% 41,040
43 Simpsonville 19.25% 20,741
44 Summerville 19.03% 49,122
45 Forest Acres 19.01% 10,466
46 Greer 18.51% 28,587
47 Fort Mill 17.61% 14,451
48 West Columbia 17.32% 17,056
49 Hanahan 14.42% 21,729
50 Myrtle Beach 13.93% 30,760
51 Easley 13.53% 20,521
52 Port Royal 13.02% 12,218
53 Lexington 10.99% 20,653
54 Bluffton 9.92% 17,164
55 Hilton Head Island 6.74% 39,666
56 Clemson 6.23% 15,375
57 Mount Pleasant 4.38% 80,661
58 Tega Cay 3.27% 9,464
59 North Myrtle Beach 2.91% 15,510

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