North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Cherry Grove Beach in North Myrtle Beach
Cherry Grove Beach in North Myrtle Beach
Official seal of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle town
Location in South Carolina
Location in South Carolina
Coordinates:33°49′20″N 78°40′52″W / 33.82222°N 78.68111°W / 33.82222; -78.68111Coordinates:33°49′20″N 78°40′52″W / 33.82222°N 78.68111°W / 33.82222; -78.68111
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
First settled1735
 • MayorMarilyn Hatley
 • Total21.71 sq mi (56.24 km2)
 • Land21.16 sq mi (54.81 km2)
 • Water0.55 sq mi (1.43 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total13,752
 • Estimate 
 • Density794.77/sq mi (306.86/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
29582, 29597, 29598
Area code(s)843, 854
FIPS code45-51280[3]
GNIS feature ID1251574[4]

North Myrtle Beach is a city in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. It was created in 1968 from four existing municipalities north of Myrtle Beach, and serves as one of the primary tourist towns along the Grand Strand. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,752,[5] and in 2019 the estimated population was 16,819.[6] It is part of the Myrtle Beach–Conway–North Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Area, which had a combined population of 449,295 as of 2016.[7]


In 1737, William Gause obtained a grant to 250 acres (100 ha) of land near Windy Hill Beach. He farmed the area and also established a tavern for travelers along the Kings Highway.[8]

North Myrtle Beach was created in 1968 with the consolidation of Cherry Grove Beach, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive Beach, and Windy Hill Beach.[9]


North Myrtle Beach is located in eastern Horry County. It is bordered to the southwest by Atlantic Beach and Briarcliffe Acres and to the northeast by Little River. Via U.S. Route 17, it is 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Myrtle Beach and 57 miles (92 km) southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina. Via South Carolina Highway 9 it is 67 miles (108 km) southeast of Interstate 95 near Dillon, South Carolina.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.7 square miles (45.8 km2), of which 17.1 square miles (44.3 km2) are land and 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2), or 3.39%, are water.[5]

The area is divided into four separate areas based on its former municipalities. These are Windy Hill, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive, and Cherry Grove, a spit bordering North Carolina. Atlantic Beach, which is bordered on three sides by North Myrtle Beach, chose to remain its own town during the merger.


  • Barefoot
  • Cherry Grove Beach
  • Crescent Beach
  • Ingram Beach
  • Little River Neck
  • Ocean Creek
  • Ocean Drive Beach
  • Seabrook Plantation
  • Tidewater
  • Windy Hill Beach


Historical population
2019 (est.)16,819[2]22.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2020 census

North Myrtle Beach racial composition[11]
White (non-Hispanic)16,80889.45%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)4142.2%
Native American680.36%
Pacific Islander110.06%
Hispanic or Latino7994.25%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 18,790 people, 7,558 households, and 4,583 families residing in the city.

2000 census

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 10,974 people, 5,406 households, and 3,130 families residing in the city. The population density was 841.6 people per square mile (324.9/km2). There were 18,091 housing units at an average density of 1,387.5 per square mile (535.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.50% White, 2.31% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.06% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.36% of the population.

There were 5,406 households, out of which 15.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.53.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 13.8% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,787, and the median income for a family was $46,052. Males had a median income of $30,189 versus $22,119 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,006. About 5.1% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

North Myrtle Beach has a public library, a branch of the Horry County Memorial Library.[12]


North Myrtle Beach adheres to the Council-Manager form of government. The current mayor is Marilyn Hatley. The current council members are Terry White (Mayor pro tempore), J.O. Baldwin, Trey Skidmore, Nikki Fontana, Hank Thomas, and Fred Coyne. The current City Manager is Michael Mahaney.


  • Ocean Drive Elementary School
  • Riverside Elementary School
  • Waterway Elementary School
  • North Myrtle Beach Middle School
  • North Myrtle Beach High School (in nearby Little River)





North Myrtle Beach is home to a single terminal, the Grand Strand Airport, serving primarily banner planes and small aircraft. The airfield is located in the heart of the city. The airport generates over $10.1 million in local economic output.[13]


North Myrtle Beach is served by the Coast RTA, formerly Waccamaw RTA or Lymo.

Notable people


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): North Myrtle Beach city, South Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016 - United States -- Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area; and for Puerto Rico (GCT-PEPANNRES)". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Stokes, Barbara F. (2007). Myrtle Beach: A History, 1900-1980. University of South Carolina Press. p. 5. ISBN 9781570036972.
  9. ^ Zepke, Terrance (2006). Coastal South Carolina: Welcome to the Lowcountry. Pineapple Press. p. 8. ISBN 9781561643486.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  12. ^ "Locations & Hours". Greenville County Library System. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2011-07-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Palisin, Steve (June 21, 2013). "North Myrtle Beach Native Graces Playboy Centerfold as Miss July". Myrtle Beach Online.

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