Myrtle Beach, SC

Census Place

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Population
31,783
3.33% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
Median Age
44

Poverty Rate
22.4%

Median Household Income
$40,525
3.89% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$194,700
9.2% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
14,531
1.57% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Myrtle Beach, SC had a population of 31.8k people with a median age of 44 and a median household income of $40,525. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Myrtle Beach, SC grew from 30,760 to 31,783, a 3.33% increase and its median household income grew from $39,006 to $40,525, a 3.89% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Myrtle Beach, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (68.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (13.9%), White (Hispanic) (9.32%), Other (Hispanic) (3.1%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.76%). NaNk% of the people in Myrtle Beach, SC speak a non-English language, and 91.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Myrtle Beach, SC are Golf Academy of America-Myrtle Beach (90 degrees awarded in 2017) and Strand College of Hair Design (34 degrees).

The median property value in Myrtle Beach, SC is $194,700, and the homeownership rate is 53.4%. Most people in Myrtle Beach, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Myrtle Beach, SC is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Horry County, SC went to Donald J. Trump with 67.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (29.6%), followed by Other (3.18%). The most partisan county was Allendale County, SC with 76.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing the state of South Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Horry County, SC
67.2% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in South Carolina
  1. 76.1% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 73.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 71.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in South Carolina was Allendale County, SC with 76.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in South Carolina colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from South Carolina

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Lindsey Graham
Senator from South Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2003
Tim Scott
Senator from South Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Jim DeMint.

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing South Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in South Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from South Carolina

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for South Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Myrtle Beach, SC is home to a population of 31.8k people, from which 91.9% are citizens. As of 2018, 12.4% of Myrtle Beach, SC residents were born outside of the country (3.94k people).

In 2018, there were 4.94 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (21.8k people) in Myrtle Beach, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.41k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.96k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Myrtle Beach, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    21.8k ± 978
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    4.41k ± 637
  3. White (Hispanic)
    2.96k ± 710
13.5%
Hispanic Population
4.28k people

In 2018, there were 4.94 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (21.8k people) in Myrtle Beach, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.41k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.96k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.5% of the people in Myrtle Beach, SC are hispanic (4.28k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Myrtle Beach, SC as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.4%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
3.94k people
14.6%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
4.5k people

As of 2018, 12.4% of Myrtle Beach, SC residents (3.94k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Myrtle Beach, SC was 14.6%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

46
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.8
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 3

In 2018, the median age of all people in Myrtle Beach, SC was 44. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Myrtle Beach, SC are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Myrtle Beach, SC residents was 42.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    68,828 ± 6,396 people
  2. India
    11,778 ± 2,661 people
  3. Philippines
    9,880 ± 2,438 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

91.9%
2018 Citizenship
90%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 91.9% of Myrtle Beach, SC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Myrtle Beach, SC was 90%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,013 ± 164
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    342 ± 181
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    206 ± 90

Myrtle Beach, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.96 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Myrtle Beach, SC is $40,525. In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Myrtle Beach, SC was Census Tract 9801 with a value of $73,750, followed by Census Tract 504.02 and Census Tract 503.03, with respective values of $66,484 and $63,304.

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,985. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Myrtle Beach, SC employs 14.5k people. The largest industries in Myrtle Beach, SC are Accommodation & Food Services (3,895 people), Retail Trade (1,938 people), and Construction (1,308 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($72,361), Utilities ($66,528), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,240).

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,525
2018 value
± $2,436
3.89%
1 Year Growth
± 7.7%

Households in Myrtle Beach, SC have a median annual income of $40,525, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $39,006 in 2017, which represents a 3.89% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,080
Average Male Salary in South Carolina
± $1,419
$40,985
Average Female Salary in South Carolina
± $1,018

In 2017, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in South Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in South Carolina
  1. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $49,597 ± $53,271
  2. Asian
    $47,877 ± $7,789
  3. White
    $47,332 ± $1,044

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in South Carolina.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Myrtle Beach, SC is from South Carolina.
0.46
2017 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.456
2016 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.695% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in South Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9801
  2. Census Tract 504.02
  3. Census Tract 503.03

In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Myrtle Beach, SC was Census Tract 9801 with a value of $73,750, followed by Census Tract 504.02 and Census Tract 503.03, with respective values of $66,484 and $63,304.

The following map shows all of the places in Myrtle Beach, SC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Myrtle Beach, SC (7.1k out of 31.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females < 5 and then Males 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    4,604 ± 564
  2. Hispanic
    2,343 ± 423
  3. Black
    1,601 ± 358

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Myrtle Beach, SC is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

14.5k
2018 Value
± 859
1.57%
1 Year growth
± 8.11%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Myrtle Beach, SC grew at a rate of 1.57%, from 14.3k employees to 14.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Myrtle Beach, SC, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,421 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,098 people), and Management Occupations (1,255 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Myrtle Beach, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Myrtle Beach, SC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,421 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,098 people), and Management Occupations (1,255 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Myrtle Beach, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2.48 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (2.07 times), and Sales & Related Occupations (1.6 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Myrtle Beach, SC, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($79,861), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($75,658), and Legal Occupations ($63,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

14.5k
2018 Value
± 859
1.57%
1 Year growth
± 8.11%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Myrtle Beach, SC grew at a rate of 1.57%, from 14.3k employees to 14.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Myrtle Beach, SC, are Accommodation & Food Services (3,895 people), Retail Trade (1,938 people), and Construction (1,308 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Myrtle Beach, SC, though some of these residents may live in Myrtle Beach, SC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Myrtle Beach, SC, by number of employees, are Accommodation & Food Services (3,895 people), Retail Trade (1,938 people), and Construction (1,308 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Myrtle Beach, SC has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (3.54 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.29 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.65 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Myrtle Beach, SC, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($72,361), Utilities ($66,528), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,240).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $15.9B
  2. $15.2B
  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery ($15.2B) and Mixed freight ($11.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound South Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$163B
2015 Value in South Carolina
$244B
Projected 2045 Value in South Carolina
49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound South Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $22.2B
  2. $13.4B
  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that South Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2017, universities in Myrtle Beach, SC awarded 124 degrees. The student population of Myrtle Beach, SC is skewed towards men, with 161 male students and 69 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Myrtle Beach, SC are White (103 and 83.1%), followed by Black or African American (8 and 6.45%), Hispanic or Latino (7 and 5.65%), and Unknown (4 and 3.23%).

The largest universities in Myrtle Beach, SC by number of degrees awarded are Golf Academy of America-Myrtle Beach (90 and 72.6%) and Strand College of Hair Design (34 and 27.4%).

The most popular majors in Myrtle Beach, SC are Golf Course Operation & Grounds Management (90 and 72.6%), General Cosmetology (25 and 20.2%), and Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (8 and 6.45%).

The median tuition costs in Myrtle Beach, SC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 90 degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Myrtle Beach, SC was Golf Course Operation & Grounds Management with 90 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Myrtle Beach, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 90 degrees awarded
  2. 34 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Myrtle Beach, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Golf Academy of America-Myrtle Beach with 90 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

89
Degrees Awarded to Men
35
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 89 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Myrtle Beach, SC, which is 2.54 times more than the 35 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Myrtle Beach, SC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    103 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    8 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    7 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Myrtle Beach, SC were to White students. These 103 degrees mean that there were 12.9 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 8 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Myrtle Beach, SC was $194,700 in 2018, which is 0.848 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $178,300 to $194,700, a 9.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Myrtle Beach, SC is 53.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Myrtle Beach, SC have an average commute time of 16.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Myrtle Beach, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$194,700
2018 Median
± $12,847
$178,300
2017 Median
± $14,952

In 2018, the median property value in Myrtle Beach, SC grew to to $194,700 from the previous year's value of $178,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Myrtle Beach, SC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Myrtle Beach, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$40,525
Median Household Income
± $2,436
13.8k
Number of Households
± 771

In 2018, the median household income of the 13.8k households in Myrtle Beach, SC grew to $40,525 from the previous year's value of $39,006.

The following chart displays the households in Myrtle Beach, SC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $15k - $20k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Myrtle Beach, SC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Myrtle Beach, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

53.4%
2018 Homeownership
51.5%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 53.4% of the housing units in Myrtle Beach, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 51.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Myrtle Beach, SC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

16.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Myrtle Beach, SC have a shorter commute time (16.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.04% of the workforce in Myrtle Beach, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    80.5%
  2. Carpooled
    8.99%
  3. Walked
    4.11%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Myrtle Beach, SC was Drove Alone (80.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.99%) and those who Walked (4.11%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Myrtle Beach, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Myrtle Beach, SC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

79.9% of the population of Myrtle Beach, SC has health coverage, with 28.2% on employee plans, 20% on Medicaid, 14.8% on Medicare, 14.8% on non-group plans, and 2.12% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in South Carolina was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Horry County, SC see 1602 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.01% decrease from the previous year (1669 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2621 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 738 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.1%). Additionally, Lee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

Data is only available at the country level. Showing data for Horry County, SC.
1,602 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Horry County, SC

Primary care physicians in Horry County, SC see an average of 1,602 patients per year. This represents a 4.01% decrease from the previous year (1,669 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Horry County, SC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,311
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in South Carolina
$4,235
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,491
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,298
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

20.1%
Uninsured
28.2%
Employer Coverage
20%
Medicaid
14.8%
Medicare
14.8%
Non-Group
2.12%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Myrtle Beach, SC declined by 12.4% from 22.9% to 20.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Myrtle Beach, SC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 20.1% prevalence
  2. 19.6% prevalence
  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina by county over multiple years.

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