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Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 22,759.



Location of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is located at 33°42'15" North, 78°52'32" West (33.704238, -78.875453)1. It is situated mainly between the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on the west and the Atlantic Ocean (Long Bay) on the East.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 43.5 km˛ (16.8 mi˛). 43.5 km˛ (16.8 mi˛) of it is land and 0.1 km˛ (0.04 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.12% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 22,759 people, 10,413 households, and 5,414 families residing in the city. The population density is 523.7/km˛ (1,356.3/mi˛). There are 14,658 housing units at an average density of 337.3/km˛ (873.5/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 81.16% White, 12.76% African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 2.37% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. 4.67% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 10,413 households out of which 20.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% are married couples living together, 11.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 48.0% are non-families. 34.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.17 and the average family size is 2.79.

In the city the population is spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $35,498, and the median income for a family is $43,900. Males have a median income of $26,039 versus $22,473 for females. The per capita income for the city is $23,214. 12.0% of the population and 7.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.1% of those under the age of 18 and 6.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination along the South Atlantic seaboard of the United States, widely known for its wide beaches, large selection of challenging golf links, excellent seafood restaurants, and outlet-style shopping activities. It is set at the center of a 60-mile long chain of tranquil, sandy beaches known as the "Grand Strand", and is only a couple hours' drive from such historical day-trip destinations as Charleston, SC and Wilmington, NC. It is served by one daily newspaper, "The Sun News", and by Coastal Carolina University (10 miles west of town), its nearest 4-year co-educational institution of higher learning. It is also served by the Myrtle Beach International Airport, located on the old U.S. Air Force base on the south side of town. The South Atlantic League's Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a class A farm franchise for the Atlanta Braves major league baseball club, plays its home games at Coastal Federal Field.

External links

  • City's website (http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/)
  • The Carolina Opry, Myrtle Beach's top tourism attraction (http://www.TheCarolinaOpry.com/)
  • Tribute - See recreations of performances by Elvis, Marilyn, Cher and more (http://www.TributeTheConcert.com/)
  • Maps and aerial photos
    • Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=33.704238&longitude=-78.875453&zoom=6)
    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=33.704238&lon=-78.875453&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100)
    • Aerial photograph from Terraserver (http://terraservice.net/map.aspx?t=1&s=14&lon=-78.875453&lat=33.704238&w=750&h=500)

  Results from FactBites:
City of Myrtle Beach - Welcome to Myrtle Beach (363 words)
Myrtle Beach was incorporated as a town in 1938 and became a city in 1957.
History records that the first tourists here were a party of Spaniards from Hispaniola, who landed about 50 miles north of present-day Myrtle Beach in 1526 and eventually established the first European settlement in the U.S. about 30 miles to the south.
Today, Myrtle Beach is a well known destination for vacationers from around the country, Canada and abroad.
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