Cities in South Carolina

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This page contains a list of cities in South Carolina, and other information about local governments.

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

Local government in South Carolina consists of:

  • 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]

  • In addition, there are 283 special districts and 83 independent school districts.[5]

Initiative process availability

The initiative process is mandated in all South Carolina local governments.[6]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in South Carolina
City[7] Population City Type Next election
Columbia 130,591 General law N/A
Charleston 122,689 General law N/A
North Charleston 99,727 General law N/A
Mount Pleasant 69,357 General law N/A
Rock Hill 67,423 General law N/A
Greenville 60,379 General law N/A
Summerville 44,783 General law N/A
Sumter 40,526 General law N/A
Hilton Head Island 37,675 General law N/A
Spartanburg 37,334 General law N/A

Full List of Cities

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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.[8]

See also