MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — Myrtle Beach’s population is exploding. A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Myrtle Beach the second-fastest growing metropolitan area in the country based on percent population growth between 2017-18. This is the third year in a row that the U.S. Census ranked Myrtle Beach #2. More than 17,000 people moved to the area between 2017-2018, representing a 3.8 percent growth. Myrtle Beach area was also the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States between 2016 and 2017. More than 104,000 people moved to the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach area over the past eight years. That represents almost a 30 percent population growth, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.