The 10 South Carolina Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in South Carolina with the largest African American population.

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 1,333,876 - at 26.6% 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in South Carolina? Lake City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in south carolina for 2021. 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In South Carolina For 2021

1. Lake City

Lake City, SC

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Population: 6,617
% African American: 82.06%
# Of African American Residents: 5,430
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.94%
More on Lake City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Marion

Marion, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,466
% African American: 80.24%
# Of African American Residents: 5,188
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.75%
More on Marion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Orangeburg

Orangeburg, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,861
% African American: 74.09%
# Of African American Residents: 9,529
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.85%
More on Orangeburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Chester

Chester, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,408
% African American: 63.33%
# Of African American Residents: 3,425
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.65%
More on Chester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Bennettsville

Bennettsville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 8,062
% African American: 62.49%
# Of African American Residents: 5,038
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.28%
More on Bennettsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Newberry

Newberry, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,245
% African American: 59.37%
# Of African American Residents: 6,082
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.62%
More on Newberry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Abbeville

Abbeville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 5,045
% African American: 56.1%
# Of African American Residents: 2,830
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.17%
More on Abbeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Darlington

Darlington, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 6,043
% African American: 55.29%
# Of African American Residents: 3,341
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.8%
More on Darlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Dillon

Dillon, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,394
% African American: 53.11%
# Of African American Residents: 3,396
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.59%
More on Dillon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Cheraw

Cheraw, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 5,657
% African American: 50.89%
# Of African American Residents: 2,879
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.91%
More on Cheraw: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In south carolina With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 82.1% to 1.5%.

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

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.

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 Lake City 82.06% 6,617
2 Marion 80.24% 6,466
3 Orangeburg 74.09% 12,861
4 Chester 63.33% 5,408
5 Bennettsville 62.49% 8,062
6 Newberry 59.37% 10,245
7 Abbeville 56.1% 5,045
8 Darlington 55.29% 6,043
9 Dillon 53.11% 6,394
10 Cheraw 50.89% 5,657
11 Lancaster 50.62% 9,143
12 Sumter 48.42% 39,800
13 Hartsville 47.54% 7,616
14 Spartanburg 47.24% 37,424
15 Florence 47.24% 38,487
16 Union 47.21% 7,769
17 Walterboro 47.12% 5,477
18 Georgetown 46.23% 8,866
19 Greenwood 46.18% 23,269
20 North Charleston 44.22% 111,501
21 Gaffney 44.11% 12,582
22 Batesburg-Leesville 41.56% 5,647
23 Laurens 40.52% 8,867
24 Columbia 39.43% 133,273
25 Rock Hill 39.06% 73,334
26 York 38.63% 8,144
27 Clinton 35.8% 8,443
28 Conway 35.59% 23,838
29 Camden 35.45% 7,100
30 Irmo 33.76% 12,215
31 Fountain Inn 31.57% 9,301
32 Aiken 30.47% 30,671
33 Anderson 30.17% 27,289
34 Beaufort 27.94% 13,404
35 Moncks Corner 27.52% 10,743
36 Seneca 23.66% 8,368
37 Greenville 23.02% 67,737
38 Mauldin 22.68% 25,217
39 Charleston 21.59% 135,257
40 Simpsonville 21.16% 22,234
41 Summerville 21.04% 53,037
42 Cayce 20.11% 13,600
43 Goose Creek 18.91% 41,978
44 Port Royal 18.57% 12,770
45 West Columbia 18.38% 17,641
46 North Augusta 18.33% 22,908
47 Forest Acres 17.52% 10,412
48 Greer 16.02% 30,854
49 Fort Mill 15.17% 17,692
50 Myrtle Beach 14.49% 32,700
51 Hanahan 14.4% 24,353
52 Easley 12.68% 20,923
53 Lexington 11.12% 21,334
54 Clemson 7.68% 16,463
55 Bluffton 7.21% 20,799
56 Hilton Head Island 5.91% 40,007
57 Mount Pleasant 4.12% 86,982
58 Tega Cay 2.02% 10,412
59 North Myrtle Beach 1.45% 16,200

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