Myrtle Beach, SC

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Population

30,760

2.17% growth

Median Age

42.4


Median Household Income

$39,006

5.36% growth

Poverty Rate

23.8%


Number of Employees

14,307

0.245% growth

Median Property Value

$178,300

2.71% growth

About

In 2017, Myrtle Beach, SC had a population of 30.8k people with a median age of 42.4 and a median household income of $39,006. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Myrtle Beach, SC grew from 30,106 to 30,760, a 2.17% increase and its median household income grew from $37,023 to $39,006, a 5.36% increase.

The population of Myrtle Beach, SC is 67.4% White Alone, 14% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.9% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Myrtle Beach, SC speak a non-English language, and 90% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Myrtle Beach, SC are Strand College of Hair Design (28 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Myrtle Beach, SC is $178,300, and the homeownership rate is 51.5%. Most people in Myrtle Beach, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16 minutes. The average car ownership in Myrtle Beach, SC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Myrtle Beach, SC employs 14.3k people. The largest industries in Myrtle Beach, SC are Accommodation & Food Services (3,718 people), Retail Trade (2,126 people), and Construction (1,350 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($78,068), Finance & Insurance ($53,323), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,971).

Median household income in Myrtle Beach, SC is $39,006. Males in Myrtle Beach, SC have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,985. The income inequality in Myrtle Beach, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,006

2017 value

± $2,060

5.36%

1 Year Growth

± 8.94%

Households in Myrtle Beach, SC have a median annual income of $39,006, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $37,023 in 2016, which represents a 5.36% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,080

Average Male Salary

± $1,419

$40,985

Average Female Salary

± $1,018

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

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Myrtle Beach, SC is from South Carolina.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.456

2016 Wage GINI

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 2017 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 503.03

  3. Census Tract 504.02

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Myrtle Beach, SC was Census Tract 9801 with a value of $72,279, followed by Census Tract 503.03 and Census Tract 504.02, with respective values of $65,821 and $64,250.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Myrtle Beach, SC (7.28k out of 30.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males < 5 and then Males 25 - 34.

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

    4,573 ± 549

  2. Hispanic

    2,108 ± 398

  3. Black

    1,697 ± 339

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

14.3k

2017 Value

± 820

0.245%

1 Year growth

± 8.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Myrtle Beach, SC grew at a rate of 0.245%, from 14.3k employees to 14.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Myrtle Beach, SC, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,784 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,908 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,220 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 (2,784 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,908 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,220 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 (2.28 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (2.13 times), and Sales & Related Occupations (1.84 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Myrtle Beach, SC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($110,833), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($71,750), and Legal Occupations ($60,625).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

14.3k

2017 Value

± 820

0.245%

1 Year growth

± 8.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Myrtle Beach, SC grew at a rate of 0.245%, from 14.3k employees to 14.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Myrtle Beach, SC, are Accommodation & Food Services (3,718 people), Retail Trade (2,126 people), and Construction (1,350 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 (3,718 people), Retail Trade (2,126 people), and Construction (1,350 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Myrtle Beach, SC has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (3.41 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.26 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.53 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Myrtle Beach, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($78,068), Finance & Insurance ($53,323), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,971).

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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

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

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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Health

77.1% of the population of Myrtle Beach, SC has health coverage, with 26.8% on employee plans, 20.7% on Medicaid, 14.2% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 1.98% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Myrtle Beach, SC was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Myrtle Beach, SC see 1483 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1488 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1891 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 639 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

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1,483 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,483 patients per year. This represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1,488 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in South Carolina in comparison to neighboring states.

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,311

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

22.9%

Uninsured

26.8%

Employer Coverage

20.7%

Medicaid

14.2%

Medicare

13.4%

Non-Group

1.98%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Myrtle Beach, SC declined by 7.26% from 24.7% to 22.9%.

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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Diversity

Myrtle Beach, SC is home to a population of 30.8k people, from which 90% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Myrtle Beach, SC residents were born outside of the country (4.5k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Myrtle Beach, SC is composed of 20.7k White Alone residents (67.4%), 4.31k Hispanic or Latino residents (14%), 4.29k Black or African American Alone residents (13.9%), 525 Two or More Races residents (1.71%), 451 Asian Alone residents (1.47%), 191 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.621%), 132 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.429%), and 123 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.4%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Myrtle Beach, SC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.7

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Myrtle Beach, SC was 42.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, 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 2016, the average age of all Myrtle Beach, SC residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    4.5k people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Myrtle Beach, SC residents (4.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Myrtle Beach, SC was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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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

90%

2017 Citizenship

89.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90% of Myrtle Beach, SC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Myrtle Beach, SC was 89.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    20.7k ± 918

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4.31k ± 867

  3. Black or African American Alone

    4.29k ± 618

In 2017, there were 4.82 times more White Alone residents (20.7k people) in Myrtle Beach, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.31k Hispanic or Latino and 4.29k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Myrtle Beach, SC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Myrtle Beach, SC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Myrtle Beach, SC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Myrtle Beach, SC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    935 ± 167

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    258 ± 160

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    209 ± 84

Myrtle Beach, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.62 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Myrtle Beach, SC awarded 28 degrees. The student population of Myrtle Beach, SC is skewed towards women, with 1 male students and 79 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Myrtle Beach, SC are White (22 and 78.6%), followed by Black or African American (4 and 14.3%), Hispanic or Latino (1 and 3.57%), and Two or More Races (1 and 3.57%).

The largest universities in Myrtle Beach, SC by number of degrees awarded are Strand College of Hair Design (28 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Myrtle Beach, SC are General Cosmetology (14 and 50%), Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (14 and 50%), and Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (0 and 0%).

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. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  2. 14 degrees awarded

  3. 0 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Myrtle Beach, SC was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Myrtle Beach, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

28 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Myrtle Beach, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Strand College of Hair Design with 28 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2

Degrees Awarded to Men

26

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Myrtle Beach, SC, which is 0.0769 times less than the 26 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

    22 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    4 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Myrtle Beach, SC were to White students. These 22 degrees mean that there were 5.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 4 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Myrtle Beach, SC was $178,300 in 2017, which is 0.819 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $173,600 to $178,300, a 2.71% increase. The homeownership rate in Myrtle Beach, SC is 51.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Myrtle Beach, SC have an average commute time of 16 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.

Income

Household Income

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$39,006

Median Household Income

± $2,060

13.3k

Number of Households

± 741

In 2017, the median household income of the 13.3k households in Myrtle Beach, SC grew to $39,006 from the previous year's value of $37,023.

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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$178,300

2017 Median

± $14,952

$173,600

2016 Median

± $10,299

In 2017, the median property value in Myrtle Beach, SC grew to to $178,300 from the previous year's value of $173,600.

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 $300k - $400k 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

51.5%

2017 Homeownership

50.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 51.5% of the housing units in Myrtle Beach, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 50.6%.

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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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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Commute Time

16 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Myrtle Beach, SC have a shorter commute time (16 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.02% 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

    78.5%

  2. Carpooled

    12.1%

  3. Walked

    3.71%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Myrtle Beach, SC was Drove Alone (78.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.1%) and those who Walked (3.71%).

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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