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Myrtle Beach

  •   State: 
    South Carolina
    Horry County
    Myrtle Beach
      County FIPS: 
    33°44′38.67″N 78°52′10.11″W
      Area total: 
    23.77 sq mi
      Area land: 
    23.42 sq mi (60.65 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.27 sq mi (0.71 km²)
    1938; Incorporated (town) March 12, 1938; Incorporated (city) 1957
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,523.76 residents per square mile of area (588.32/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. It is located in the center of a long and continuous 60-mile (97 km) stretch of beach known as "The Grand Strand" The city's warm subtropical climate, miles of beaches, 86 golf courses, and 1,800 restaurants attract over 20 million visitors each year. The Myrtle Beach metropolitan area is the second-fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country with a population of 35,682 in the 2020 census. The region was once home to the Waccamaw people. During the colonial period, the Whither family settled in the area, and a prominent local waterway, Wither's Swash, is named in their honor. The area was targeted for development as a resort community by Franklin Burroughs, whose sons completed a railroad to the beach and the first inn, Seaside Inn. In 1822, a strong hurricane swept the house of R. F. Withers into the ocean, drowning 18 people inside. The growing community was called "New Town" around the start of the 20th century. A post office named "Withers" was established to serve the site of the old Swash in 1888. The railroad began daily transport to the coast in 1899, becoming the first terminus of the Seashore Railroad to transport timber from the coast to inland customers. On February 28, 1899, Conway & Collins received a charter to build a railroad.


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is home to the historic Waccamaw tribe. The first European settlers along Long Bay arrived in the late 18th century, attempting to extend the plantation system outward toward the ocean. The growing community was called "New Town" around the start of the 20th century. In 1937, Myrtle Beach Municipal Airport was built. It was taken over by the United States Army Air Corps in 1940 and converted into a military base. In 2010 plans to build a new terminal were approved. In 1940 Myrtle Heights-Oak Park Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It claims to be the "nation's largest gift shop" and sells seashells and seaside souvenirs. It incorporated as a town in 1938 and as a city in 1957. Since 1900, the area has been named after the locally abundant shrub, the southern wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) The Withers post office was established to serve the site of the old Swash in 1888. In 1900, Franklin Burroughs envisioned turning New Town into a tourist destination rivaling the Florida and northeastern beaches. Around 1900, a contest was held to name the area, and Burrough's's wife suggested honoring the local shrub. The Gay Boardwalk was built in 1946 and is now demolished, all now demolished on the Dolphin Cove Pavilion, all of which are now part of the Gay Beach Pavilion, a tourist attraction. The area was once uninhabited, and the coast remained barren.


Myrtle Beach has a humid subtropical climate typical of the Gulf and South Atlantic states. The city enjoys abundant sunshine year-round with more than 2800 hours annually. Summer thunderstorms are common in the hot season in Myrtle Beach, and the summer months from June through September have the most precipitation. Tornadoes are rare, with the most significant event occurring in 2001 when multiple tornadoes touched down in the area. Snowfall is very rare, but at least a trace of snow falls a few times each decade. In February 2010, a rare 2.8 inches (71 mm) of snow fell in the city. In spite of the mild averages, ice has been recorded, albeit rarely. The coldest daily maximum was 25 °F (4.4 °C) in January 1962, whereas the coldest maximum average of 37 °C (3.3 °F) in the normal year between 1991 and 2020 had the normal maximum of 37.3°F (3 °C). Overnight lows can be extremely extremely warm, although the record warm low of 88 °C in July 1942 is some above the annual minimum of 81 °F for the warmest annual warmest summer. The summer season is long, hot, and humid. The spring (March, April and May) and fall (September, October and November) months are normally mild and sunny with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s. The beach season normally runs from late April through late October.


Myrtle Beach is the largest principal city of the Myrtle Beach-Conway-Georgetown CSA. As of the 2020 U.S. census, there were 35,682 people, 13,817 households, and 7,678 families residing in the city. The FBI reported 583 cases of violent crime in the year 2016, of which 5 were murder, 46 were rape and 139 were robbery. The average number of crimes per thousand population is 0.16 murders, 1.43 rapes, 4.31 robberies and 10.83 assaults. The city's racial makeup was:72.3% White, 13.9% Black, 0.7% Native American, and 1.5% Asian or Pacific Islander. The per capita income for the city was $23,214, with 7.6% of families and 12.0% of the population below the poverty line. The median income for a household in theCity was $50,173, with a median income of $43,900 for a family. In 2010, the city's population was 27,109, and the median income was $26,039. In 2000, the population was 22,759, and there were 1,356.5 people per square mile (523.7/km²), with 14,658 housing units at an average density of 873.5 per squaremile (337.3/ km²) The city has a high crime rate, with 1 murder and 39 rapes in 2000.


Myrtle Beach hosts a variety of special conventions, events, and musical concerts. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk opened in 2010 and has been recognized as the nation's #3 boardwalk by National Geographic and one of the best US boardwalks by Travel + Leisure magazine. The area is also home to over 80 golf courses and over 30 miniature golf courses. Live shows are offered year round at theaters including the Alabama Theatre, Carolina Opry, Calvin Gilmore Theater, Legends in Concert, and Medieval Times Family Dinner Theater. Thongs (or any swimwear revealing any portion of the buttocks) are not permitted in public in Myrtle beach, including all beaches. The city's "thong ordinance" has been in effect since the 1990s. The Grand Strand is home to an array of tourist attractions, and the area receives a large influx of visitors during all seasons. It is estimated that nearly 100,000 visitors a year are international travelers, including tourists from Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. The airport serves the city and surrounding area. With regular flights to and from destinations such as Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, New York and Washington, the airport is well connected for both domestic and international tourists. It also serves as a seasonal gateway to and. from the likes of Chicago, Dallas and Toronto. It's the main transport link between Wilmington, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina with U.S. Route 17 serving as the main link for those journeying between those cities.


Myrtle Beach has been called the "Golf Capital of the World" because of the roughly 100 golf courses there. The number of golf courses more than doubled to over 120 over a 20-year period before declining late in the first decade of the 21st century. Tiger Woods declared Myrtle Beach "the mecca of golf" when visiting in 1997. The majority of the area's golf courses are public. From 1998 to 2009 and again starting in 2011, the area hosted the Bi-Lo Myrtle beach Marathon presented by Chick-Fil-A, every February featuring (since 2004) the Friday night Royal Bank of Canada 5K and the Saturday Dasani Half Marathon. The area is home to the Myrtle. Beach Pelicans, a Carolina League baseball team and a Chicago Cubs farm franchise. It was also home to a pro soccer team playing in the Premier Development League until 2018. It hosted the 2010 UOA Nationals where 8 collegiate ultimate teams from 5 conferences will be represented. It is also home of the annual "Baseball at the Beach" collegiate baseball tournament Hosted by Coastal Carolina University each year, the tournament pits participating NCAA Division I baseball programs in the United States. It opened in 1999 and seats 6,500 people and is the finish point of the bi-lo Myrtle beaches Marathon. It also hosts the annual UOA National Ultimate Championship, which pits 8 college ultimate teams in the U.S. against each other for a continental championship. It has been home to NASCAR-sanctioned Stock car racing since the 1990s.


The city of Myrtle Beach has a council-manager government. The Mayor sits as a Council member-at-large and presides over City council meetings. If the Mayor cannot preside over a City Council meeting, the Mayor Pro-Tem is the presiding officer of the meeting until such time as the Mayor returns to the seat. The City Manager is responsible for the administration and the day-to-day operation of all of the municipal services and city departments. The city's former strong-mayor form of government was reformed in 1974 under the administration of Mayor Bob Hirsch and city manager David Stradinger. The current mayor is Brenda Bethune, who has served since 2018. She is the first woman to be elected mayor of the city of Myrtle Beach in more than 50 years. The mayor is a Democrat. The council is made up of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, with the exception of the Republican Party, which has been in control of the council for more than 40 years. It is the only city in South Carolina that has a mayor who is not a member of the Democratic or Republican Party. It also has a city manager who maintains intergovernmental relationships with federal, state, county and other local governments. It has one of the highest crime rates in the state, with a rate of more than 30 per cent in the last five years. Its crime rate is the highest in the South, with an average of nearly 20 per cent. The rate of crime in the city is higher than the national average.


Myrtle Beach is served by a single public school district. Horry County Schools educates around 40,000 students and is the third largest school district in South Carolina. Private schools and charter schools within or near the city of Myrtle Beach are listed below. The city has the following college and post-secondary schools: University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina at Conway, and Coastal Carolina University. There are no private schools or charter schools in the city, but there are a number of private schools in other parts of the state.


Grand Strand Medical Center (GSMC) is a 369-bed acute care hospital and Level 1 Adult Trauma Center known for its programs in cardiology, heart surgery, and stroke treatment. The Waccamaw Coast Line Railroad is a 14.1-mile (22.7 km) short-line railroad division of the Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad. The Myrtle Beach International Airport is a county-owned public-use airport three nautical miles (5.6 km) southwest of the central business district of Myrtle beach, South Carolina, United States. Executive Helicopters is a private helicopter facility that provides tour services in the Myrtle beaches and surrounding areas. Myrtle Air Service a division of Kingman Aircraft Kingman, AZ operate a maintenance facility on site providing maintenance for mid-sized jets. Military operations are also ongoing supporting USMC, USN, USAF, US Army and Coast Guard. The Carolina Southern Railroad is one of the few remaining train depots in South Carolina. It is a short line rail operator running on less than 95 miles (153 km) of rail at a maximum speed of 10 mph (16 km/h). It transports mostly freight brought to it from national rail operators. The railroad was originally erected in late 1886 and first train steamed into the Conway Depot in December 1887. On May 24, 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) commenced a bridge inspection on the CSR Railroad (R) and shut down nearly all of its employees.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina = 85.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 28. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 98. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Myrtle Beach = 5.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 35,682 individuals with a median age of 39.5 age the population grows by 32.20% in Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,523.76 residents per square mile of area (588.32/km²). There are average 2.08 people per household in the 14,364 households with an average household income of $40,207 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 22.00% of the available work force and has dropped -1.61% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 14.78%. The number of physicians in Myrtle Beach per 100,000 population = 163.7.


The annual rainfall in Myrtle Beach = 49.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 0.9 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 94. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 218. 88 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 37.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 30, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina which are owned by the occupant = 36.43%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 22 years with median home cost = $177,410 and home appreciation of -6.52%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $4.14 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,995 per student. There are 11.3 students for each teacher in the school, 488 students for each Librarian and 420 students for each Counselor. 7.35% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 15.67% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.99% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Myrtle Beach's population in Horry County, South Carolina of 1,123 residents in 1900 has increased 31,77-fold to 35,682 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.23% female residents and 50.77% male residents live in Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina.

    As of 2020 in Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina are married and the remaining 51.60% are single population.

  • 19.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Myrtle Beach require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    74.33% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 13.38% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.39% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.76% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina, 36.43% are owner-occupied homes, another 33.09% are rented apartments, and the remaining 30.49% are vacant.

  • The 40.75% of the population in Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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