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Census: Columbia still largest SC city

Mar 23, 2011 2:43:00 PM - thestate.com
Columbia remains the state’s largest city, according to long-awaited population data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Three of the five most populous S.C. cities are in Charleston County: Charleston, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant. The city of Greenville is not in the top five.

The five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Columbia, 129,272; Charleston, 120,083; North Charleston, 97,471; Mount Pleasant, 67,843; and Rock Hill, 66,154.

Columbia grew by 11.2 percent since the 2000 Census. Charleston grew by 24.2 percent, North Charleston grew by 22.4 percent, Mount Pleasant grew by 42.5 percent, and Rock Hill grew by 32.9 percent.

The state’s largest county is Greenville, with a population of 451,225. Its population grew by 18.9 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Richland, with a population of 384,504 (increase of 19.9 percent); Charleston, 350,209 (increase of 13.0 percent); Spartanburg, 284,307 (increase of 12.0 percent); and Horry, 269,291 (increase of 37.0 percent).