Cities in South Carolina

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This is a list of cities in South Carolina, as of the 2010 Census.

South Carolina does not have any charter cities and counties. There are 46 total counties in South Carolina. All 46 counties are General law.[1]

There are 270 total municipalities in South Carolina. All 270 are General law municipalities.[1]

Types of local government

There are 316 local governments in South Carolina. None operate under a charter. South Carolina's local governments fall into the following categories:

  • Counties: There are 46 counties in South Carolina. The entire state is divided into counties. None have a charter.
  • Municipalities: There are 270 cities and towns in South Carolina. There is not a significant legal difference between cities and towns. None have a charter.[2][3]

Note: The South Carolina Constitution authorizes home rule charters, but the South Carolina General Assembly has not passed the legislation required to implement the provision.[4]

Laws governing local ballot measures

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in South Carolina

The initiative process is mandated in all South Carolina local governments.[5]

10 most populated cities

List of Cities and Population in South Carolina
City Population City Type Next election
Columbia 130,591 General law
Charleston 122,689 General law
North Charleston 99,727 General law
Mount Pleasant 69,357 General law
Rock Hill 67,423 General law
Greenville 60,379 General law
Summerville 44,783 General law
Sumter 40,526 General law
Hilton Head Island 37,675 General law
Spartanburg 37,334 General law

Full List of Cities

As of the 2010 Census, there are 270 incorporated cities and towns in South Carolina. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[6]

See also