Whitest Cities In South Carolina For 2020


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the whitest cities in South Carolina.

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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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in South Carolina for 2020:

  1. North Myrtle Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Tega Cay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Mount Pleasant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Easley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Clemson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Hilton Head Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lexington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Fort Mill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Forest Acres (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bluffton (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Lake City 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.

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In South Carolina For 2020

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,862
% White: 90.25%
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Tega Cay, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,954
% White: 90.2%
More on Tega Cay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Pleasant, SC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 83,700
% White: 89.41%
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Easley, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,784
% White: 80.84%
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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.

Clemson, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,966
% White: 79.92%
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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.

Hilton Head Island, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 39,820
% White: 79.42%
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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.

Lexington, SC

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,040
% White: 76.3%
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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.

Fort Mill, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,924
% White: 73.17%
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Fort Mill, also known as Fort Mill Township, is a town in York County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is a suburb of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina and is located north of Rock Hill. As of 2015, approximately 13,662 people live inside the town’s corporate limits with a total of 36,119 people residing within the entire township. Some businesses and residents in the Indian Land community of neighboring Lancaster County often use Fort Mill as their city address as it is the nearest incorporated area, but the official town boundary is located only in York County.

Forest Acres, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,433
% White: 72.37%
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Bluffton, SC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,835
% White: 71.72%
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Bluffton is a Lowcountry town in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is primarily located around U.S. Route 278, between Hilton Head Island and Interstate 95. The town’s original one square mile area, now known as Old Town, is situated on a bluff along the May River. The population was counted by the 2010 census at 12,893. Bluffton is the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina with a population over 2,500, growing 882.7% between the 2000 and 2010 census. Bluffton is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina by land area. The town is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bluffton is known for its eclectic Old Town district and natural views of the May River. It has been called “the last true coastal village of the South.”

How we determined the whitest places in South Carolina for 2020

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, specifically the percentage of white people living in each city in South Carolina.

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 White alone.

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 White. The percentages ranked from 90.3% to 15.7%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in South Carolina ranked by population of White 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 – White Populations Across South Carolina

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in South Carolina according to the most recent data.

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

  1. Lake City
  2. Marion
  3. Orangeburg

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In South Carolina

Rank City % White Population
1 North Myrtle Beach 90.25% 15,862
2 Tega Cay 90.2% 9,954
3 Mount Pleasant 89.41% 83,700
4 Easley 80.84% 20,784
5 Clemson 79.92% 15,966
6 Hilton Head Island 79.42% 39,820
7 Lexington 76.3% 21,040
8 Fort Mill 73.17% 15,924
9 Forest Acres 72.37% 10,433
10 Bluffton 71.72% 18,835
11 North Augusta 71.38% 22,603
12 Charleston 71.21% 133,762
13 Summerville 69.77% 50,894
14 Cayce 69.62% 13,621
15 Moncks Corner 68.83% 10,169
16 Myrtle Beach 68.54% 31,783
17 Seneca 66.98% 8,290
18 Simpsonville 66.91% 21,423
19 Hanahan 66.24% 22,963
20 Port Royal 66.17% 12,446
21 Aiken 66.1% 30,464
22 Greenville 65.55% 65,727
23 West Columbia 65.24% 17,296
24 Goose Creek 64.41% 41,339
25 York 61.85% 8,062
26 Anderson 61.68% 27,129
27 Mauldin 61.34% 25,009
28 Greer 59.92% 29,717
29 Conway 59.92% 22,661
30 Beaufort 59.8% 13,336
31 Irmo 59.71% 12,087
32 Clinton 58.16% 8,508
33 Camden 58.07% 7,060
34 Fountain Inn 56.1% 8,684
35 Gaffney 53.6% 12,526
36 Laurens 53.14% 8,914
37 Batesburg-Leesville 51.14% 5,424
38 Rock Hill 50.17% 71,903
39 Columbia 48.78% 133,352
40 Union 47.93% 7,878
41 Hartsville 47.68% 7,658
42 Florence 46.72% 37,802
43 Spartanburg 44.41% 37,370
44 Abbeville 44.12% 5,079
45 Walterboro 42.78% 5,503
46 Sumter 42.68% 39,964
47 Darlington 41.75% 6,034
48 Greenwood 41.17% 23,230
49 Dillon 40.57% 6,456
50 Lancaster 40.08% 9,150
51 Cheraw 39.76% 5,701
52 North Charleston 37.94% 109,886
53 Georgetown 37.03% 8,936
54 Newberry 36.23% 10,289
55 Chester 30.7% 5,433
56 Bennettsville 28.5% 8,308
57 Orangeburg 20.34% 13,120
58 Marion 15.9% 6,548
59 Lake City 15.71% 6,658

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