These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In South Carolina For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in South Carolina are whiter than wonder bread.

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You’re at your local Whole Foods shopping for kale chips and asparagus water, trying to work out if you’ll have time to stop at the Pottery Barn before you head to your yoga class taught by a girl named Sage. It hits you: you’re leading the whitest life imaginable.

But does that mean the city you live in is one of the whitest places in South Carolina?

Don’t worry, we’ve figured it out for you. Using actual census data combined with our favorite white people stereotypes (as confirmed by the internet), we can determine which cities are the whitest of the white in Palmetto State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in South Carolina for 2018:

  1. North Myrtle Beach (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Tega Cay (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Mount Pleasant (Photos | Jobs)
  4. James Island (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Easley (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Clemson (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Hilton Head Island (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Clover (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Lexington (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Forest Acres (Photos | Jobs)

If you’re wondering, Marion is the least white city of all those we measured.

Read on below to see where your hometown ranked and why. Or check out the whitest states in America and the most diverse states in America.

How we determined the whitest places in South Carolina for 2018

In order to rank the whitest places in South Carolina, we had to determine what measurable criteria defines whiteness.

Obviously we had to count how many white people living there, but being one of the whitest cities in South Carolina means much more than just having a high percentage of folks who are of the Caucasian persuasion.

These are cities jam-packed with all the stuff white folks love, based on everyone’s favorite stereotypes. After breaking it down, we came up with following criteria to run on 62 cities:

  • Percentage of population that’s white
  • Whole Foods per capita
  • Farmers markets per capita
  • Vegan restaurants per capita
  • Pottery Barns per capita
  • Yoga studios per capita

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis, meaning number of stores per person in a state. Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 62 in each category, where 1 was the whitest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a whiteness index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the highest whiteness index the ‘Whitest City In South Carolina.’ We’re lookin’ at you, North Myrtle Beach.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in whitebread central. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from whitest to most diverse in South Carolina.

1. North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Population: 15,201
Percent White: 91.0%
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2. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, South Carolina

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Population: 9,026
Percent White: 90.1%
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3. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Population: 77,907
Percent White: 88.2%
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Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is the fourth largest municipality and largest town in South Carolina, and for several years was one of the state’s fastest-growing areas, doubling in population between 1990 and 2000. The population was 67,843 at the 2010 census, and the estimated population in 2014 was 77,796. Mount Pleasant is the third largest city in the Charleston- North Charleston- Summerville metropolitan area, behind Charleston and North Charleston.

4. James Island

James Island, South Carolina

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Population: 11,844
Percent White: 81.9%
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James Island is a town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is located in the central and southern parts of James Island. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, James Island is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area.

5. Easley

Easley, South Carolina

Population: 20,464
Percent White: 79.4%
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Easley is a city in Pickens County in the State of South Carolina. It is a principal city of the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. Most of the city lies in Pickens County, with only a very small portion of the city in Anderson County.

6. Clemson

Clemson, South Carolina

Population: 15,008
Percent White: 78.8%
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Clemson is a city in Pickens and Anderson counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Clemson is home to Clemson University; in 2015, the Princeton Review cited the town of Clemson as ranking #1 in the United States for ‘town-and-gown’ relations with its resident university. The population of the city was 13,905 at the 2010 census.

Clemson is part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area. Most of the city is in Pickens County, which is part of the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. A small portion is in Anderson County, which is part of the Anderson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

7. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Population: 39,651
Percent White: 77.2%
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Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Lowcountry resort town and barrier island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is 20 miles northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles southwest of Charleston. The island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663 identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named ‘Hilton’s Head’ after himself. The island features 12 miles of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination. In 2004, an estimated 2.25 million visitors pumped more than $1.5 billion into the local economy. The year-round population was 37,099 at the 2010 census, although during the peak of summer vacation season the population can swell to 150,000. Over the past decade, the island’s population growth rate was 32%. Hilton Head Island is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 207,413 in 2015.

8. Clover

Clover, South Carolina

Population: 5,593
Percent White: 75.5%
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Clover is a town in York County, South Carolina, United States located in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina, metropolitan area. As of 2010, the population was at 5,094 within the town limits. Clover is twinned with the Northern Irish town of Larne on County Antrim’s East Coast.

9. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

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Population: 20,315
Percent White: 75.4%
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Lexington is the largest town in and the county seat of Lexington County, South Carolina, United States. Lexington is a suburb of the state’s capital and second-largest city, Columbia. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2016 population is 24,905, and it is the second-largest municipality in the Columbia, South Carolina metropolitan area.

10. Forest Acres

Forest Acres, South Carolina

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Population: 10,571
Percent White: 74.1%
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There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In South Carolina

Measuring both the locations with the highest percentage of white people, as well as the number of stereo-typically white venues, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in South Carolina.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In South Carolina for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
North Myrtle Beach 15,201 91.0%
2
Tega Cay 9,026 90.1%
3
Mount Pleasant 77,907 88.2%
4
James Island 11,844 81.9%
5
Easley 20,464 79.4%
6
Clemson 15,008 78.8%
7
Hilton Head Island 39,651 77.2%
8
Clover 5,593 75.5%
9
Lexington 20,315 75.4%
10
Forest Acres 10,571 74.1%
11
Fort Mill 13,181 72.1%
12
North Augusta 22,310 71.8%
13
Summerville 47,919 71.2%
14
Charleston 129,888 70.9%
15
Cayce 13,684 69.4%
16
Hanahan 20,710 69.2%
17
Myrtle Beach 30,106 68.9%
18
Moncks Corner 9,300 68.3%
19
Simpsonville 20,183 67.9%
20
Bluffton 15,765 67.1%
21
Goose Creek 40,553 65.7%
22
Greenville 62,776 64.3%
23
Seneca 8,228 64.2%
24
Aiken 30,403 64.2%
25
Central 5,187 63.8%
26
Camden 7,017 63.8%
27
West Columbia 15,947 62.9%
28
Port Royal 11,891 62.7%
29
Mauldin 24,723 61.5%
30
Anderson 27,206 61.2%
31
Greer 27,739 59.9%
32
Clinton 8,409 59.4%
33
Fountain Inn 8,044 59.0%
34
Irmo 11,851 56.8%
35
Conway 20,631 55.9%
36
York 7,989 55.6%
37
Beaufort 13,074 54.4%
38
Laurens 9,046 53.7%
39
Gaffney 12,859 52.6%
40
Hartsville 7,816 51.8%
41
Rock Hill 70,251 50.1%
42
Batesburg-Leesville 5,273 49.7%
43
Union 8,081 49.5%
44
Walterboro 5,287 48.6%
45
Columbia 132,537 47.9%
46
Florence 38,221 47.9%
47
Sumter 40,760 44.9%
48
Spartanburg 37,570 44.8%
49
Greenwood 23,260 43.4%
50
Lancaster 8,971 43.1%
51
Abbeville 5,184 39.4%
52
North Charleston 106,113 37.9%
53
Newberry 10,338 37.3%
54
Darlington 6,185 35.6%
55
Dillon 6,675 31.6%
56
Cheraw 5,793 31.0%
57
Georgetown 9,071 30.5%
58
Chester 5,498 28.8%
59
Bennettsville 8,692 27.7%
60
Lake City 6,751 20.6%
61
Orangeburg 13,478 18.0%
62
Marion 6,756 17.0%

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