Myrtle Beach, SC
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Myrtle Beach is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 31,035 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Myrtle Beach is the 14th largest community in South Carolina.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Myrtle Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Myrtle Beach is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Myrtle Beach who work in sales jobs (18.25%), food service (13.53%), and maintenance occupations (9.13%).

Myrtle Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One of the benefits of Myrtle Beach is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.88 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The percentage of people in Myrtle Beach who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.01% of adults in Myrtle Beach have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Myrtle Beach in 2010 was $27,049, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $108,196 for a family of four. However, Myrtle Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Myrtle Beach is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Myrtle Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Myrtle Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Myrtle Beach also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.50% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Myrtle Beach include Irish, German, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Myrtle Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.