Here’s How Much the Population Grew in Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC During the Pandemic

During the first year of the pandemic, only about 27 million Americans moved to a new home. That figure represents a 9% decline from the previous year and is the continuation of a multi-year trend in decreasing mobility rates.

The prevailing narrative is that many of those who moved during the pandemic, did so to leave major cities, partially to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19. According to the latest population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, some of the largest cities in the country, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, reported population decline last year – counting both net migration as well as births and deaths.

 

However, not all cities suffered from population decline in the first year of the pandemic. Many major metropolitan areas have reported substantial population growth during 2020 and 2021.

In the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach metro area, which covers parts of South Carolina and North Carolina, the population climbed from 491,582 in July 2020 to 509,794 in July 2021. The 3.7% increase ranks as the third highest among all U.S. metro areas.

 

The local population growth was driven by net migration, as about 21,920 more people moved into the metro area than moved out over the past year. Natural change, meanwhile, detracted from overall growth, as 3,420 more people died in the metro area than were born over the same period.

 

Rank Metro area Pop. increase, July 2020 – July 2021 (%) 2021 population Net migration, 1-yr. Natural pop. change, 1-yr.
1 St. George, UT 5.1 191,226 9,204 237
2 Coeur d’Alene, ID 4.1 179,789 7,283 -33
3 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 3.7 509,794 21,921 -3,421
4 Punta Gorda, FL 3.7 194,843 9,526 -2,498
5 The Villages, FL 3.6 135,638 7,105 -2,253
6 Boise City, ID 3.3 795,268 24,261 1,697
7 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 3.3 753,520 25,517 -876
8 Provo-Orem, UT 3.3 697,141 13,912 8,332
9 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 3.0 787,976 26,813 -3,184
10 Logan, UT-ID 2.9 152,083 2,846 1,458
11 Idaho Falls, ID 2.9 162,786 3,644 921
12 Port St. Lucie, FL 2.8 503,521 16,645 -2,698
13 Bend, OR 2.7 204,801 5,638 -124
14 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 2.7 859,760 29,691 -6,643
15 Panama City, FL 2.7 179,168 5,105 -330
16 Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 2.6 239,294 6,843 -607
17 Greeley, CO 2.6 340,036 6,730 1,993
18 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton, SC 2.4 222,072 5,757 -394
19 Sherman-Denison, TX 2.4 139,336 3,669 -306
20 Homosassa Springs, FL 2.4 158,083 5,977 -2,204
21 Naples-Marco Island, FL 2.4 385,980 10,724 -1,725
22 Salisbury, MD-DE 2.3 429,223 11,748 -1,803
23 Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX 2.3 2,352,426 42,541 11,145
24 Ocala, FL 2.3 385,915 11,440 -2,750
25 Prescott Valley-Prescott, AZ 2.2 242,253 7,268 -1,989
26 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 2.2 685,344 19,414 -4,701
27 Twin Falls, ID 2.1 116,905 2,146 268
28 Clarksville, TN-KY 2.1 328,304 4,596 2,150
29 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 2.1 163,662 4,695 -1,326
30 Sebring-Avon Park, FL 2.0 103,296 3,213 -1,096
31 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR 2.0 560,709 9,123 2,038
32 Raleigh-Cary, NC 2.0 1,448,411 23,279 4,943
33 Spartanburg, SC 2.0 335,864 6,632 -79
34 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 2.0 293,324 5,441 260
35 Killeen-Temple, TX 2.0 486,101 6,112 3,182
36 Rapid City, SD 1.9 141,979 2,469 196
37 Gainesville, GA 1.9 207,369 3,304 481
38 Wilmington, NC 1.8 291,833 5,873 -621
39 Madera, CA 1.8 159,410 2,033 767
40 Huntsville, AL 1.8 502,728 8,832 -70
41 Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 1.7 217,692 6,045 -2,350
42 Merced, CA 1.7 286,461 3,220 1,513
43 Hinesville, GA 1.7 82,863 237 1,126
44 Jacksonville, FL 1.6 1,637,666 25,857 621
45 Sioux Falls, SD 1.6 281,958 3,174 1,310
46 Winchester, VA-WV 1.6 145,155 2,476 -147
47 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ 1.6 4,946,145 70,097 8,142
48 Warner Robins, GA 1.5 195,246 2,617 357
49 Barnstable Town, MA 1.5 232,411 5,448 -1,941
50 Auburn-Opelika, AL 1.5 177,218 2,277 330

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