Map of the United States with South Carolina highlighted
Map of the United States with South Carolina highlighted

South Carolina is a state located in the Southern United States. According to the 2020 United States census, South Carolina is the 23rd most populous state with 5,118,425 inhabitants,[1] but the 40th largest by land area spanning 30,060.70 sq mi (77,856.9 km2) of land.[2] South Carolina is divided into 46 counties and contains 271 municipalities consisting of 71 cities and 200 towns.[3] South Carolina's municipalities cover only 6.2% of the state's land mass but are home to 36.8% of its population.[2]

At incorporation, municipalities may choose to be named either "City of" or "Town of", however there is no legal difference between the two.[4] All municipalities are responsible for providing local service including law enforcement, fire protection, waste and water management, planning and zoning, recreational facilities, and street lighting.[5] Municipalities may incorporate with one of three forms of government: 141 chose mayor-council, 95 chose council, and 33 chose council-manager.[6] Under the mayor-council form of government, an elected municipal council is composed of a mayor and four or more council members.[7] The mayor's responsibilities include: staffing of all municipal employees; directing and supervising the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies; voting in, and presiding over, council meetings; and preparing the annual budget (with council), capital program (with council), and public financial reports.[7] Under the council form of government, the council can be composed of five, seven or nine members including the mayor, all elected, and each with one vote on council. The council has the power to levy taxes and raise funds from other sources that match the operating and capital budgets.[8] Under the council-manager form of government, the council is composed of a mayor and four, six, or eight councilmen each with one vote. The municipality must employ a manager, establish administrative departments upon recommendation of the manager, adopt an annual budget, provide an independent annual audit of the books and business affairs of the municipality, provide for the general health and welfare of the municipality, and enact ordinances of any nature and kind. The manager is the head of the administrative branch of the municipal government and is responsible for staffing (including the hiring, firing and compensation of all municipal employees), preparing the annual budget and financial report for council adoption.[9]

The largest municipality by population in South Carolina is the city of Charleston with 150,227 residents, and the smallest municipality by population is Cope with 37 residents.[3] The largest municipality by land area is Columbia which spans 137.188 sq mi (355.32 km2), while Jenkinsville is the smallest at 0.089 sq mi (0.23 km2).[10]

List

  State capital and county seat

  County seat

Name Type[3] Government type[11] County[12] Population
(2020)[3]
Population
(2010)[12]
Change (%) Land area
(2021)[10]
Population density
sq mi km2
Abbeville City Council-manager Abbeville 4,874 5,237 −6.9% 6.215 16.10 784.2/sq mi (302.8/km2)
Aiken City Council-manager Aiken 32,025 29,524 +8.5% 21.199 54.91 1,510.7/sq mi (583.3/km2)
Allendale Town Council Allendale 2,694 3,482 −22.6% 3.31 8.6 813.9/sq mi (314.2/km2)
Anderson City Council-manager Anderson 28,106 26,686 +5.3% 14.727 38.14 1,908.5/sq mi (736.9/km2)
Andrews Town Mayor-council Georgetown
Williamsburg
2,575 2,861 −10.0% 2.205 5.71 1,167.8/sq mi (450.9/km2)
Arcadia Lakes Town Council Richland 865 861 +0.5% 0.557 1.44 1,553.0/sq mi (599.6/km2)
Atlantic Beach Town Council-manager Horry 195 334 −41.6% 0.162 0.4 1,203.7/sq mi (464.8/km2)
Awendaw Town Council Charleston 1,399 1,294 +8.1% 17.346 44.93 80.7/sq mi (31.1/km2)
Aynor Town Mayor-council Horry 974 560 +73.9% 1.802 4.67 540.5/sq mi (208.7/km2)
Bamberg City Mayor-council Bamberg 3,076 3,607 −14.7% 3.575 9.26 860.4/sq mi (332.2/km2)
Barnwell City Council Barnwell 4,652 4,750 −2.1% 7.842 20.31 593.2/sq mi (229.0/km2)
Batesburg-Leesville Town Council-manager Lexington
Saluda
5,270 5,362 −1.7% 8.195 21.22 643.1/sq mi (248.3/km2)
Beaufort City Council-manager Beaufort 13,607 12,361 +10.1% 24.434 63.28 556.9/sq mi (215.0/km2)
Belton City Council Anderson 4,335 4,134 +4.9% 3.778 9.78 1,147.4/sq mi (443.0/km2)
Bennettsville City Council Marlboro 7,020 9,069 −22.6% 6.167 15.97 1,138.3/sq mi (439.5/km2)
Bethune Town Mayor-council Kershaw 315 334 −5.7% 1.102 2.85 285.8/sq mi (110.4/km2)
Bishopville Town Council Lee 3,024 3,471 −12.9% 2.337 6.05 1,294.0/sq mi (499.6/km2)
Blacksburg Town Council Cherokee 1,889 1,848 +2.2% 1.871 4.85 1,009.6/sq mi (389.8/km2)
Blackville Town Mayor-council Barnwell 1,923 2,406 −20.1% 8.932 23.13 215.3/sq mi (83.1/km2)
Blenheim Town Mayor-council Marlboro 115 154 −25.3% 0.653 1.69 176.1/sq mi (68.0/km2)
Bluffton Town Council-manager Beaufort 27,716 12,530 +121.2% 51.968 134.60 533.3/sq mi (205.9/km2)
Blythewood Town Mayor-council Richland
Fairfield
4,772 2,034 +134.6% 10.629 27.53 449.0/sq mi (173.3/km2)
Bonneau Town Mayor-council Berkeley 431 487 −11.5% 3.024 7.83 142.5/sq mi (55.0/km2)
Bowman Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 788 968 −18.6% 1.177 3.05 669.5/sq mi (258.5/km2)
Branchville Town Council Orangeburg 998 1,024 −2.5% 3.167 8.20 315.1/sq mi (121.7/km2)
Briarcliffe Acres Town Mayor-council Horry 479 457 +4.8% 0.636 1.65 753.1/sq mi (290.8/km2)
Brunson Town Mayor-council Hampton 431 554 −22.2% 1.017 2.63 423.8/sq mi (163.6/km2)
Burnettown Town Mayor-council Aiken 3,105 2,673 +16.2% 5.51 14.3 563.5/sq mi (217.6/km2)
Calhoun Falls Town Council Abbeville 1,727 2,004 −13.8% 3.387 8.77 509.9/sq mi (196.9/km2)
Camden City Council-manager Kershaw 7,788 6,838 +13.9% 11.061 28.65 704.1/sq mi (271.9/km2)
Cameron Town Mayor-council Calhoun 376 424 −11.3% 3.125 8.09 120.3/sq mi (46.5/km2)
Campobello Town Council Spartanburg 675 502 +34.5% 2.782 7.21 242.6/sq mi (93.7/km2)
Carlisle Town Council Union 321 436 −26.4% 1.416 3.67 226.7/sq mi (87.5/km2)
Cayce City Council-manager Lexington
Richland
13,781 12,528 +10.0% 16.936 43.86 813.7/sq mi (314.2/km2)
Central Town Council Pickens 5,247 5,159 +1.7% 2.783 7.21 1,885.4/sq mi (727.9/km2)
Central Pacolet Town Mayor-council Spartanburg 209 216 −3.2% 0.236 0.6 885.6/sq mi (341.9/km2)
Chapin Town Mayor-council Lexington 1,809 1,445 +25.2% 1.98 5.1 913.6/sq mi (352.8/km2)
Charleston City Mayor-council Charleston
Berkeley
150,227 120,083 +25.1% 114.793 297.31 1,308.7/sq mi (505.3/km2)
Cheraw Town Mayor-council Chesterfield 5,040 5,851 −13.9% 5.953 15.42 846.6/sq mi (326.9/km2)
Chesnee City Mayor-council Spartanburg
Cherokee
829 868 −4.5% 1.071 2.77 774.0/sq mi (298.9/km2)
Chester City Council Chester 5,269 5,607 −6.0% 3.306 8.56 1,593.8/sq mi (615.4/km2)
Chesterfield Town Mayor-council Chesterfield 1,357 1,472 −7.8% 4.062 10.52 334.1/sq mi (129.0/km2)
Clemson City Council Pickens
Anderson
17,681 13,905 +27.2% 7.549 19.55 2,342.2/sq mi (904.3/km2)
Clinton City Council-manager Laurens 7,633 8,490 −10.1% 10.331 26.76 738.8/sq mi (285.3/km2)
Clio Town Council Marlboro 608 726 −16.3% 0.856 2.22 710.3/sq mi (274.2/km2)
Clover Town Council York 6,671 5,094 +31.0% 4.547 11.78 1,467.1/sq mi (566.5/km2)
Columbia City Council-manager Richland
Lexington
136,632 129,272 +5.7% 137.188 355.32 995.9/sq mi (384.5/km2)
Conway City Council Horry 24,809 17,103 +45.1% 23.831 61.72 1,041.0/sq mi (401.9/km2)
Cope Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 37 77 −51.9% 0.25 0.6 148.0/sq mi (57.1/km2)
Cordova Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 136 169 −19.5% 0.436 1.13 311.9/sq mi (120.4/km2)
Cottageville Town Mayor-council Colleton 701 762 −8.0% 3.416 8.85 205.2/sq mi (79.2/km2)
Coward Town Council Florence 748 752 −0.5% 3.531 9.15 211.8/sq mi (81.8/km2)
Cowpens Town Council Spartanburg 2,023 2,162 −6.4% 2.295 5.94 881.5/sq mi (340.3/km2)
Cross Hill Town Mayor-council Laurens 404 507 −20.3% 3.186 8.25 126.8/sq mi (49.0/km2)
Darlington City Council-manager Darlington 6,149 6,289 −2.2% 4.638 12.01 1,325.8/sq mi (511.9/km2)
Denmark City Mayor-council Bamberg 3,186 3,538 −9.9% 3.906 10.12 815.7/sq mi (314.9/km2)
Dillon City Council-manager Dillon 6,384 6,788 −6.0% 5.293 13.71 1,206.1/sq mi (465.7/km2)
Donalds Town Mayor-council Abbeville 328 348 −5.7% 0.832 2.15 394.2/sq mi (152.2/km2)
Due West Town Mayor-council Abbeville 1,219 1,247 −2.2% 1.635 4.23 745.6/sq mi (287.9/km2)
Duncan Town Council Spartanburg 4,041 3,181 +27.0% 5.277 13.67 765.8/sq mi (295.7/km2)
Easley City Mayor-council Pickens
Anderson
22,921 19,993 +14.6% 12.904 33.42 1,776.3/sq mi (685.8/km2)
Eastover Town Mayor-council Richland 614 813 −24.5% 1.214 3.14 505.8/sq mi (195.3/km2)
Edgefield Town Mayor-council Edgefield 2,322 4,750 −51.1% 4.203 10.89 552.5/sq mi (213.3/km2)
Edisto Beach Town Council Colleton 1,033 414 +149.5% 2.137 5.53 483.4/sq mi (186.6/km2)
Ehrhardt Town Mayor-council Bamberg 457 545 −16.1% 3.112 8.06 146.9/sq mi (56.7/km2)
Elgin Town Mayor-council Kershaw 1,634 1,311 +24.6% 1.081 2.80 1,511.6/sq mi (583.6/km2)
Elko Town Mayor-council Barnwell 140 193 −27.5% 1.049 2.72 133.5/sq mi (51.5/km2)
Elloree Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 570 692 −17.6% 1.014 2.63 562.1/sq mi (217.0/km2)
Estill Town Council Hampton 1,821 2,040 −10.7% 3.23 8.4 563.8/sq mi (217.7/km2)
Eutawville Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 235 315 −25.4% 0.952 2.47 246.8/sq mi (95.3/km2)
Fairfax Town Council Allendale 1,505 2,025 −25.7% 3.312 8.58 454.4/sq mi (175.4/km2)
Florence City Council-manager Florence 39,899 37,056 +7.7% 23.395 60.59 1,662.7/sq mi (642.0/km2)
Folly Beach City Mayor-council Charleston 2,078 2,617 −20.6% 12.507 32.39 166.1/sq mi (64.1/km2)
Forest Acres City Council Richland 10,617 10,361 +2.5% 4.603 11.92 2,306.5/sq mi (890.6/km2)
Fort Lawn Town Mayor-council Chester 962 895 +7.5% 1.393 3.61 690.6/sq mi (266.6/km2)
Fort Mill Town Council-manager York 24,521 10,811 +126.8% 19.641 50.87 1,248.5/sq mi (482.0/km2)
Fountain Inn City Mayor-council Greenville
Laurens
10,416 7,799 +33.6% 8.224 21.30 1,266.5/sq mi (489.0/km2)
Furman Town Council Hampton 224 239 −6.3% 3.118 8.08 71.8/sq mi (27.7/km2)
Gaffney City Council Cherokee 12,764 12,414 +2.8% 8.307 21.52 1,536.5/sq mi (593.3/km2)
Gaston Town Mayor-council Lexington 1,608 1,645 −2.2% 5.315 13.77 302.5/sq mi (116.8/km2)
Georgetown City Mayor-council Georgetown 8,403 9,163 −8.3% 6.992 18.11 1,201.8/sq mi (464.0/km2)
Gifford Town Mayor-council Hampton 257 288 −10.8% 0.967 2.50 265.8/sq mi (102.6/km2)
Gilbert Town Council Lexington 571 565 +1.1% 2.71 7.0 210.7/sq mi (81.4/km2)
Goose Creek City Mayor-council Berkeley
Charleston
45,946 35,938 +27.8% 42.26 109.5 1,087.2/sq mi (419.8/km2)
Govan Town Mayor-council Bamberg 56 65 −13.8% 0.752 1.95 74.5/sq mi (28.8/km2)
Gray Court Town Mayor-council Laurens 763 795 −4.0% 1.839 4.76 414.9/sq mi (160.2/km2)
Great Falls Town Council Chester 1,951 1,979 −1.4% 4.239 10.98 460.3/sq mi (177.7/km2)
Greeleyville Town Mayor-council Williamsburg 384 438 −12.3% 1.223 3.17 314.0/sq mi (121.2/km2)
Greenville City Council-manager Greenville 70,720 58,409 +21.1% 29.762 77.08 2,376.2/sq mi (917.4/km2)
Greenwood City Council-manager Greenwood 22,545 23,222 −2.9% 16.341 42.32 1,379.7/sq mi (532.7/km2)
Greer City Council Greenville
Spartanburg
35,308 25,515 +38.4% 23.545 60.98 1,499.6/sq mi (579.0/km2)
Hampton Town Council Hampton 2,694 2,808 −4.1% 4.513 11.69 596.9/sq mi (230.5/km2)
Hanahan City Council Berkeley 20,325 17,997 +12.9% 10.531 27.28 1,930.0/sq mi (745.2/km2)
Hardeeville City Council-manager Jasper 7,473 2,952 +153.2% 56.712 146.88 131.8/sq mi (50.9/km2)
Harleyville Town Mayor-council Dorchester 666 677 −1.6% 1.057 2.74 630.1/sq mi (243.3/km2)
Hartsville City Council-manager Darlington 7,446 7,764 −4.1% 6.052 15.67 1,230.3/sq mi (475.0/km2)
Heath Springs Town Council Lancaster 742 790 −6.1% 1.625 4.21 456.6/sq mi (176.3/km2)
Hemingway Town Council Williamsburg 504 459 +9.8% 0.864 2.24 583.3/sq mi (225.2/km2)
Hickory Grove Town Mayor-council York 449 440 +2.0% 1.67 4.3 268.9/sq mi (103.8/km2)
Hilda Town Mayor-council Barnwell 418 447 −6.5% 3.07 8.0 136.2/sq mi (52.6/km2)
Hilton Head Island Town Council-manager Beaufort 37,661 37,099 +1.5% 41.353 107.10 910.7/sq mi (351.6/km2)
Hodges Town Mayor-council Greenwood 162 155 +4.5% 0.781 2.02 207.4/sq mi (80.1/km2)
Holly Hill Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 1,298 1,277 +1.6% 1.307 3.39 993.1/sq mi (383.4/km2)
Hollywood Town Mayor-council Charleston 5,339 4,714 +13.3% 23.534 60.95 226.9/sq mi (87.6/km2)
Honea Path Town Mayor-council Anderson
Abbeville
3,686 3,597 +2.5% 3.514 9.10 1,048.9/sq mi (405.0/km2)
Inman City Council Spartanburg 2,990 2,321 +28.8% 1.73 4.5 1,728.3/sq mi (667.3/km2)
Irmo Town Council Lexington
Richland
11,569 11,097 +4.3% 6.9 18 1,676.7/sq mi (647.4/km2)
Isle of Palms City Council Charleston 4,347 4,133 +5.2% 4.436 11.49 979.9/sq mi (378.4/km2)
Iva Town Mayor-council Anderson 1,015 1,218 −16.7% 1.024 2.65 991.2/sq mi (382.7/km2)
Jackson Town Mayor-council Aiken 1,521 1,700 −10.5% 3.52 9.1 432.1/sq mi (166.8/km2)
James Island[a] Town Mayor-council Charleston
11,621
4.744 12.29 2,449.6/sq mi (945.8/km2)
Jamestown Town Mayor-council Berkeley 68 72 −5.6% 0.606 1.57 112.2/sq mi (43.3/km2)
Jefferson Town Council Chesterfield 772 753 +2.5% 1.802 4.67 37.7/sq mi (14.6/km2)
Jenkinsville Town Mayor-council Fairfield 40 46 −13.0% 0.089 0.2 449.4/sq mi (173.5/km2)
Johnsonville City Council Florence 1,378 1,480 −6.9% 2.114 5.48 651.8/sq mi (251.7/km2)
Johnston Town Mayor-council Edgefield 1,997 2,362 −15.5% 2.648 6.86 892.0/sq mi (344.4/km2)
Jonesville Town Council Union 852 911 −6.5% 1.015 2.63 839.4/sq mi (324.1/km2)
Kershaw Town Council Lancaster 1,693 1,803 −6.1% 2.07 5.4 817.9/sq mi (315.8/km2)
Kiawah Island Town Mayor-council Charleston 2,013 1,626 +23.8% 11.171 28.93 180.2/sq mi (69.6/km2)
Kingstree Town Council-manager Williamsburg 3,244 3,328 −2.5% 3.18 8.2 1,020.1/sq mi (393.9/km2)
Kline Town Mayor-council Barnwell 148 197 −24.9% 3.106 8.04 47.6/sq mi (18.4/km2)
Lake City City Mayor-council Florence 5,903 6,675 −11.6% 5.341 13.83 1,105.2/sq mi (426.7/km2)
Lake View Town Mayor-council Dillon 764 807 −5.3% 1.694 4.39 451.0/sq mi (174.1/km2)
Lamar Town Mayor-council Darlington 862 989 −12.8% 1.225 3.17 703.7/sq mi (271.7/km2)
Lancaster City Council Lancaster 8,460 8,526 −0.8% 6.566 17.01 1,288.5/sq mi (497.5/km2)
Landrum City Council Spartanburg 2,481 2,376 +4.4% 2.666 6.90 930.6/sq mi (359.3/km2)
Lane Town Mayor-council Williamsburg 472 508 −7.1% 3.95 10.2 119.5/sq mi (46.1/km2)
Latta Town Council Dillon 1,296 1,379 −6.0% 1.096 2.84 1,182.5/sq mi (456.6/km2)
Laurens City Mayor-council Laurens 9,335 9,139 +2.1% 9.841 25.49 948.6/sq mi (366.2/km2)
Lexington Town Council Lexington 23,568 17,870 +31.9% 11.838 30.66 1,990.9/sq mi (768.7/km2)
Liberty City Mayor-council Pickens 3,366 3,269 +3.0% 4.45 11.5 756.4/sq mi (292.0/km2)
Lincolnville Town Mayor-council Charleston
Dorchester
1,147 1,139 +0.7% 1.169 3.03 981.2/sq mi (378.8/km2)
Little Mountain Town Mayor-council Newberry 249 291 −14.4% 1.52 3.9 163.8/sq mi (63.2/km2)
Livingston Town Council Orangeburg 132 136 −2.9% 0.787 2.04 167.7/sq mi (64.8/km2)
Lockhart Town Mayor-council Union 384 488 −21.3% 0.305 0.8 1,259.0/sq mi (486.1/km2)
Lodge Town Mayor-council Colleton 82 120 −31.7% 3.144 8.14 26.1/sq mi (10.1/km2)
Loris City Council Horry 2,449 2,396 +2.2% 4.553 11.79 537.9/sq mi (207.7/km2)
Lowndesville Town Mayor-council Abbeville 120 128 −6.2% 0.775 2.01 154.8/sq mi (59.8/km2)
Lowrys Town Mayor-council Chester 184 200 −8.0% 3.161 8.19 58.2/sq mi (22.5/km2)
Luray Town Mayor-council Hampton 98 127 −22.8% 1.033 2.68 94.9/sq mi (36.6/km2)
Lyman Town Council Spartanburg 6,173 3,243 +90.3% 6.488 16.80 951.4/sq mi (367.4/km2)
Lynchburg Town Council Lee 318 373 −14.7% 1.132 2.93 280.9/sq mi (108.5/km2)
McBee Town Council Chesterfield 758 867 −12.6% 1.311 3.40 578.2/sq mi (223.2/km2)
McClellanville Town Council Charleston 605 499 +21.2% 2.227 5.77 271.7/sq mi (104.9/km2)
McColl Town Mayor-council Marlboro 2,070 2,174 −4.8% 1.05 2.7 1,971.4/sq mi (761.2/km2)
McConnells Town Council York 280 255 +9.8% 3.391 8.78 82.6/sq mi (31.9/km2)
McCormick Town Mayor-council McCormick 2,232 2,783 −19.8% 4.052 10.49 550.8/sq mi (212.7/km2)
Manning City Council Clarendon 3,878 4,108 −5.6% 2.935 7.60 1,321.3/sq mi (510.2/km2)
Marion City Mayor-council Marion 6,448 6,939 −7.1% 4.477 11.60 1,440.3/sq mi (556.1/km2)
Mauldin City Council Greenville 24,724 22,889 +8.0% 12.068 31.26 2,048.7/sq mi (791.0/km2)
Mayesville Town Mayor-council Sumter 548 731 −25.0% 1.024 2.65 535.2/sq mi (206.6/km2)
Meggett Town Mayor-council Charleston 1,390 1,226 +13.4% 18.141 46.98 76.6/sq mi (29.6/km2)
Moncks Corner Town Mayor-council Berkeley 13,297 7,885 +68.6% 11.371 29.45 1,169.4/sq mi (451.5/km2)
Monetta Town Mayor-council Aiken
Saluda
205 236 −13.1% 0.69 1.8 297.1/sq mi (114.7/km2)
Mount Croghan Town Council Chesterfield 135 195 −30.8% 0.759 1.97 177.9/sq mi (68.7/km2)
Mount Pleasant Town Council Charleston 90,801 67,843 +33.8% 49.528 128.28 1,833.3/sq mi (707.9/km2)
Mullins City Council Marion 4,026 4,663 −13.7% 3.021 7.82 1,332.7/sq mi (514.5/km2)
Myrtle Beach City Council-manager Horry 35,682 27,109 +31.6% 23.533 60.95 1,516.3/sq mi (585.4/km2)
Neeses Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 320 374 −14.4% 1.707 4.42 187.5/sq mi (72.4/km2)
Newberry City Council-manager Newberry 10,691 10,277 +4.0% 8.991 23.29 1,189.1/sq mi (459.1/km2)
New Ellenton City Council Aiken 2,210 2,052 +7.7% 4.44 11.5 497.7/sq mi (192.2/km2)
Nichols Town Mayor-council Marion 234 368 −36.4% 1.336 3.46 175.1/sq mi (67.6/km2)
Ninety Six Town Mayor-council Greenwood 2,076 1,998 +3.9% 1.822 4.72 1,139.4/sq mi (439.9/km2)
Norris Town Council Pickens 741 813 −8.9% 1.884 4.88 393.3/sq mi (151.9/km2)
North Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 696 754 −7.7% 0.864 2.24 805.6/sq mi (311.0/km2)
North Augusta City Mayor-council Aiken
Edgefield
24,379 21,348 +14.2% 21.262 55.07 1,146.6/sq mi (442.7/km2)
North Charleston City Mayor-council Charleston
Berkeley
Dorchester
114,852 97,471 +17.8% 77.646 201.10 1,479.2/sq mi (571.1/km2)
North Myrtle Beach City Council-manager Horry 18,790 13,752 +36.6% 21.717 56.25 865.2/sq mi (334.1/km2)
Norway Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 289 337 −14.2% 0.792 2.05 364.9/sq mi (140.9/km2)
Olanta Town Mayor-council Florence 550 563 −2.3% 0.995 2.58 552.8/sq mi (213.4/km2)
Olar Town Mayor-council Bamberg 215 257 −16.3% 0.785 2.03 273.9/sq mi (105.7/km2)
Orangeburg City Council Orangeburg 13,240 13,964 −5.2% 9.009 23.33 1,469.6/sq mi (567.4/km2)
Pacolet Town Council Spartanburg 2,274 2,235 +1.7% 5.803 15.03 391.9/sq mi (151.3/km2)
Pageland Town Council Chesterfield 2,456 2,760 −11.0% 4.324 11.20 568.0/sq mi (219.3/km2)
Pamplico Town Council Florence 1,061 1,226 −13.5% 1.62 4.2 654.9/sq mi (252.9/km2)
Parksville Town Mayor-council McCormick 120 117 +2.6% 0.728 1.89 164.8/sq mi (63.6/km2)
Patrick Town Mayor-council Chesterfield 266 351 −24.2% 0.959 2.48 277.4/sq mi (107.1/km2)
Pawleys Island Town Mayor-council Georgetown 130 103 +26.2% 0.701 1.82 185.4/sq mi (71.6/km2)
Paxville Town Mayor-council Clarendon 232 185 +25.4% 1.051 2.72 220.7/sq mi (85.2/km2)
Peak Town Mayor-council Newberry 51 64 −20.3% 0.344 0.89 148.3/sq mi (57.2/km2)
Pelion Town Mayor-council Lexington 631 674 −6.4% 3.682 9.54 171.4/sq mi (66.2/km2)
Pelzer Town Mayor-council Anderson 1,344 89 +1,410.1% 0.914 2 1,470.5/sq mi (567.7/km2)
Pendleton Town Mayor-council Anderson 3,489 2,964 +17.7% 4.753 12.31 734.1/sq mi (283.4/km2)
Perry Town Mayor-council Aiken 194 233 −16.7% 0.958 2.48 202.5/sq mi (78.2/km2)
Pickens City Council Pickens 3,388 3,126 +8.4% 2.845 7.37 1,190.9/sq mi (459.8/km2)
Pine Ridge Town Council Lexington 2,167 2,064 +5.0% 4.698 12.17 461.3/sq mi (178.1/km2)
Pinewood Town Mayor-council Sumter 503 538 −6.5% 1.071 2.77 469.7/sq mi (181.3/km2)
Plum Branch Town Mayor-council McCormick 72 82 −12.2% 0.362 0.9 198.9/sq mi (76.8/km2)
Pomaria Town Mayor-council Newberry 127 179 −29.1% 1.046 2.71 121.4/sq mi (46.9/km2)
Port Royal Town Council-manager Beaufort 14,220 10,678 +33.2% 16.965 43.94 838.2/sq mi (323.6/km2)
Prosperity Town Mayor-council Newberry 1,178 1,180 −0.2% 1.972 5.11 597.4/sq mi (230.6/km2)
Quinby Town Mayor-council Florence 915 932 −1.8% 1.307 3.39 700.1/sq mi (270.3/km2)
Ravenel Town Mayor-council Charleston 2,542 2,465 +3.1% 13.176 34.13 192.9/sq mi (74.5/km2)
Reevesville Town Mayor-council Dorchester 201 196 +2.6% 1.609 4.17 124.9/sq mi (48.2/km2)
Reidville Town Mayor-council Spartanburg 1,634 601 +171.9% 1.761 4.56 927.9/sq mi (358.3/km2)
Richburg Town Mayor-council Chester 280 275 +1.8% 0.876 2.27 319.6/sq mi (123.4/km2)
Ridgeland Town Council Jasper 3,758 4,036 −6.9% 48.34 125.2 77.7/sq mi (30.0/km2)
Ridge Spring Town Mayor-council Saluda 579 737 −21.4% 1.822 4.72 317.8/sq mi (122.7/km2)
Ridgeville Town Mayor-council Dorchester 1,672 1,979 −15.5% 1.796 4.65 931.0/sq mi (359.4/km2)
Ridgeway Town Council Fairfield 266 319 −16.6% 0.485 1.26 548.5/sq mi (211.8/km2)
Rock Hill City Council-manager York 74,372 66,154 +12.4% 39.796 103.07 1,868.8/sq mi (721.6/km2)
Rockville Town Mayor-council Charleston 141 134 +5.2% 0.424 1.10 332.5/sq mi (128.4/km2)
Rowesville Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 253 304 −16.8% 0.834 2.16 303.4/sq mi (117.1/km2)
Ruby Town Mayor-council Chesterfield 307 360 −14.7% 2.469 6.39 124.3/sq mi (48.0/km2)
St. George Town Council Dorchester 1,843 2,084 −11.6% 2.846 7.37 647.6/sq mi (250.0/km2)
St. Matthews Town Council Calhoun 1,841 2,021 −8.9% 1.922 4.98 957.9/sq mi (369.8/km2)
St. Stephen Town Mayor-council Berkeley 1,571 1,697 −7.4% 2.419 6.27 649.4/sq mi (250.8/km2)
Salem Town Council Oconee 120 135 −11.1% 0.915 2.37 131.1/sq mi (50.6/km2)
Salley Town Council Aiken 329 398 −17.3% 0.766 1.98 429.5/sq mi (165.8/km2)
Saluda Town Mayor-council Saluda 3,122 3,565 −12.4% 3.249 8.41 960.9/sq mi (371.0/km2)
Santee Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 797 961 −17.1% 2.1 5.4 379.5/sq mi (146.5/km2)
Scotia Town Mayor-council Hampton 158 215 −26.5% 3.165 8.20 49.9/sq mi (19.3/km2)
Scranton Town Mayor-council Florence 648 932 −30.5% 0.792 2.05 818.2/sq mi (315.9/km2)
Seabrook Island Town Mayor-council Charleston 2,050 1,714 +19.6% 5.938 15.38 345.2/sq mi (133.3/km2)
Sellers Town Mayor-council Marion 147 219 −32.9% 0.669 1.73 219.7/sq mi (84.8/km2)
Seneca City Mayor-council Oconee 8,850 8,102 +9.2% 8.195 21.22 1,079.9/sq mi (417.0/km2)
Sharon Town Mayor-council York 462 494 −6.5% 1.31 3.4 352.7/sq mi (136.2/km2)
Silverstreet Town Mayor-council Newberry 164 162 +1.2% 3.348 8.67 49.0/sq mi (18.9/km2)
Simpsonville City Council Greenville 23,354 18,238 +28.1% 9.38 24.3 2,489.8/sq mi (961.3/km2)
Six Mile Town Council Pickens 759 675 +12.4% 2.038 5.28 372.4/sq mi (143.8/km2)
Smoaks Town Council Colleton 98 126 −22.2% 1.63 4.2 60.1/sq mi (23.2/km2)
Smyrna Town Mayor-council York
Cherokee
55 45 +22.2% 0.706 1.83 77.9/sq mi (30.1/km2)
Snelling Town Mayor-council Barnwell 250 274 −8.8% 4.036 10.45 61.9/sq mi (23.9/km2)
Society Hill Town Mayor-council Darlington 438 563 −22.2% 2.192 5.68 199.8/sq mi (77.1/km2)
South Congaree Town Council Lexington 2,377 2,306 +3.1% 3.288 8.52 722.9/sq mi (279.1/km2)
Spartanburg City Council-manager Spartanburg 38,732 37,013 +4.6% 20.253 52.46 1,912.4/sq mi (738.4/km2)
Springdale Town Council Lexington 2,744 2,636 +4.1% 2.704 7.00 1,014.8/sq mi (391.8/km2)
Springfield Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 455 524 −13.2% 1.739 4.50 261.6/sq mi (101.0/km2)
Starr Town Mayor-council Anderson 165 173 −4.6% 1.498 3.88 110.1/sq mi (42.5/km2)
Stuckey Town Council Williamsburg 200 245 −18.4% 0.935 2.42 213.9/sq mi (82.6/km2)
Sullivan's Island Town Council Charleston 1,891 1,791 +5.6% 2.498 6.47 757.0/sq mi (292.3/km2)
Summerton Town Council Clarendon 814 1,000 −18.6% 1.354 3.51 601.2/sq mi (232.1/km2)
Summerville Town Council Dorchester
Berkeley
Charleston
50,915 43,392 +17.3% 21.646 56.06 2,352.2/sq mi (908.2/km2)
Summit Town Mayor-council Lexington 423 402 +5.2% 1.489 3.86 284.1/sq mi (109.7/km2)
Sumter City Council-manager Sumter 43,463 40,524 +7.3% 32.794 84.94 1,325.3/sq mi (511.7/km2)
Surfside Beach Town Council Horry 4,155 3,837 +8.3% 1.948 5.05 2,133.0/sq mi (823.5/km2)
Swansea Town Council Lexington 722 827 −12.7% 2.087 5.41 346.0/sq mi (133.6/km2)
Sycamore Town Council Allendale 147 180 −18.3% 3.171 8.21 46.4/sq mi (17.9/km2)
Tatum Town Mayor-council Marlboro 76 75 +1.3% 0.908 2.35 83.7/sq mi (32.3/km2)
Tega Cay City Council-manager York 12,832 7,620 +68.4% 4.488 11.62 2,859.2/sq mi (1,103.9/km2)
Timmonsville Town Council Florence 2,099 2,320 −9.5% 2.777 7.19 755.9/sq mi (291.8/km2)
Travelers Rest City Council Greenville 7,788 4,576 +70.2% 6.232 16.14 1,249.7/sq mi (482.5/km2)
Trenton Town Mayor-council Edgefield 200 196 +2.0% 1.261 3.27 158.6/sq mi (61.2/km2)
Troy Town Mayor-council Greenwood 83 93 −10.8% 0.799 2.07 103.9/sq mi (40.1/km2)
Turbeville Town Council Clarendon 760 766 −0.8% 1.34 3.5 567.2/sq mi (219.0/km2)
Ulmer Town Council Allendale 65 88 −26.1% 2.739 7.09 23.7/sq mi (9.2/km2)
Union City Mayor-council Union 8,174 8,393 −2.6% 7.979 20.67 1,024.4/sq mi (395.5/km2)
Vance Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 128 170 −24.7% 0.507 1.31 252.5/sq mi (97.5/km2)
Van Wyck[b] Town Mayor-council Lancaster
848
10.034 25.99 84.5/sq mi (32.6/km2)
Varnville Town Council Hampton 1,669 2,162 −22.8% 3.832 9.92 435.5/sq mi (168.2/km2)
Wagener Town Council Aiken 631 797 −20.8% 1.34 3.5 470.9/sq mi (181.8/km2)
Walhalla City Council Oconee 4,072 4,263 −4.5% 3.885 10.06 1,048.1/sq mi (404.7/km2)
Walterboro City Council-manager Colleton 5,544 5,398 +2.7% 6.844 17.73 810.1/sq mi (312.8/km2)
Ward Town Mayor-council Saluda 119 91 +30.8% 0.776 2.01 153.4/sq mi (59.2/km2)
Ware Shoals Town Council Greenwood
Abbeville
Laurens
1,701 2,170 −21.6% 3.277 8.49 519.1/sq mi (200.4/km2)
Waterloo Town Mayor-council Laurens 149 166 −10.2% 1.783 4.62 83.6/sq mi (32.3/km2)
Wellford City Mayor-council Spartanburg 3,293 2,378 +38.5% 4.578 11.86 719.3/sq mi (277.7/km2)
West Columbia City Council Lexington 17,416 14,988 +16.2% 9.173 23.76 1,898.6/sq mi (733.1/km2)
Westminster City Council Oconee 2,353 2,418 −2.7% 3.446 8.93 682.8/sq mi (263.6/km2)
West Pelzer Town Mayor-council Anderson 962 880 +9.3% 0.525 1.36 1,832.4/sq mi (707.5/km2)
West Union Town Council Oconee 374 291 +28.5% 0.793 2.05 471.6/sq mi (182.1/km2)
Whitmire Town Mayor-council Newberry 1,390 1,441 −3.5% 1.238 3.21 1,122.8/sq mi (433.5/km2)
Williams Town Mayor-council Colleton 98 117 −16.2% 0.847 2.19 115.7/sq mi (44.7/km2)
Williamston Town Mayor-council Anderson 4,043 3,934 +2.8% 3.689 9.55 1,096.0/sq mi (423.2/km2)
Williston Town Council Barnwell 2,877 3,139 −8.3% 8.953 23.19 321.3/sq mi (124.1/km2)
Windsor Town Mayor-council Aiken 115 121 −5.0% 0.874 2.26 131.6/sq mi (50.8/km2)
Winnsboro Town Council-manager Fairfield 3,215 3,550 −9.4% 3.228 8.36 996.0/sq mi (384.5/km2)
Woodford Town Mayor-council Orangeburg 161 185 −13.0% 0.785 2.03 205.1/sq mi (79.2/km2)
Woodruff City Council-manager Spartanburg 4,212 4,090 +3.0% 5.063 13.11 831.9/sq mi (321.2/km2)
Yemassee Town Council Beaufort
Hampton
1,080 1,027 +5.2% 8.106 20.99 133.2/sq mi (51.4/km2)
York City Council-manager York 8,503 7,736 +9.9% 8.48 22.0 1,002.7/sq mi (387.1/km2)
Total municipalities 1,885,391 1,635,791 +15.3% 1,874.156 4,854.04 1,006.0/sq mi (388.4/km2)
South Carolina 5,118,425 4,625,364 +10.7%[1] 30,060.70 77,856.9 170.3/sq mi (65.7/km2)

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The town incorporated in 2012 and is thus not represented in the 2010 census.[13]
  2. ^ The town incorporated in 2017 and is thus not represented in the 2010 census.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b "Change in Resident Population of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico: 1910 to 2020" (PDF). Census.gov. United States Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: South Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Abbeville city, South Carolina Demographics and Housing 2020 Decennial Census".
  4. ^ "Code of Laws – Title 5 – Chapter 7 – Municipal Corporations". Scstatehouse.gov. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Code of Laws – Title 5 – Chapter 1 – Incorporation". Scstatehouse.gov. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Code of Laws – Title 5 – Chapter 5 – Selection Of Forms Of Municipal Government". Scstatehouse.gov. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Code of Laws – Title 5 – Chapter 9 – Mayor-council Form Of Government". Scstatehouse.gov. August 19, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Code of Laws – Title 5 – Chapter 11 – Council Form Of Government". Scstatehouse.gov. August 19, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Code of Laws – Title 5 – Chapter 13 – Council-manager Form Of Government". Scstatehouse.gov. August 19, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "2021 County Gazetteer Files – South Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  11. ^ "Forms of Government by Population" (PDF). Municipal Association of South Carolina. March 17, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "GCT-PH1 – Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – State — Place and (in selected states) County Subdivision". 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 8, 2016. Select South Carolina from drop-down menu.((cite web)): CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  13. ^ "History". Town of James Island, South Carolina. 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  14. ^ Murphy, Reece (August 15, 2017). "Voters OK Town of Van Wyck". The Lancaster News. Retrieved August 16, 2017.