New population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Charleston is quickly closing the gap on South Carolina’s largest city Columbia.
The annual report released Thursday morning projects Charleston’s population at 130,113 — roughly 2,000 residents behind Columbia’s 132,067 population. If accurate, that would mean the Holy City’s population had grown by more than 10,000 residents since the last Census in 2010. Columbia has grown by just shy of 2,800 residents over that same period.
Charleston has jumped up to become the nation’s 200th-largest city by population, while the Capital City remained at 195th. South Carolina’s third-largest city North Charleston is also growing by a clip of 9,300 residents since 2010. The city’s overall population is believed to have surpassed 100,000 residents for the first time three years ago and now has an estimated 106,749 residents — which would put it as the nation’s 271st-largest urban area.
The Census data released Thursday does not predict when Charleston would surpass Columbia as the Palmetto State’s largest city, but it could happen within the next three years under current growth rates.
Mount Pleasant is also moving up the national rankings, as the state’s fourth-largest city also grew by nearly 10,000 residents since 2010 to 77,796 in all. The next-largest city Rock Hill grew by roughly 3,800 residents in that span to 69,967 in all. Greenville is thought to be the state’s sixth-largest city at 62,252 residents.