Columbia is no longer the most populous city in South Carolina, according to the latest census report released Thursday. That honor goes to Charleston with 134,385 people, according to population estimates as of July 1, 2016.
Columbia had 134,309, a difference of just 76 people. Rounding out the top five cities in South Carolina were North Charleston (109,298), Mount Pleasant (84,170) and Rock Hill (72,937).
Overall, South Carolina’s population rose to 4,961,119, an increase of 66,285 from 2015. South Carolina is listed as the 23rd-largest state in population.
The city of Greenville had the largest population increase in South Carolina and the fourth-largest increase in the United States. The 2016 estimates were 67,453, up from 64,579 in 2015. That is an increase of 5.8%
Greenville’s three-county metro area was tops in S.C. population with 996,798. Columbia’s six-county area had 817,488, and Charleston’s three-county area had a population of 714,880.
Richland County had 409,549 people, the most of any county in the Columbia metro area, followed by Lexington’s 286,196. Compared with 2015, Lexington’s population has increased 1.7%, while Richland has grown 0.6%.