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.

Myrtle Beach real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Myrtle Beach house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Myrtle Beach is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (18.80%), food service (13.34%), and maintenance occupations (9.80%).

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Myrtle Beach spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.32 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Myrtle Beach is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.76% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Myrtle Beach in 2010 was $26,949, 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 $107,796 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 13.26% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Myrtle Beach include Irish, German, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

In addition, Myrtle Beach has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.84%).

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