Introduction to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is situated in Horry County and is the primary location of the popular Grand Strand, a collection of beaches situated on the shores of South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is a well known resort town and renowned for golfing, with over 100 golf courses. A vast number of restaurants and numerous amusement parks are located in the area. More than 14 million visitors arrive in the city on a yearly basis and a large number of them own a condominium or are involved in a timeshare.

The city features numerous upscale resorts, including the prominent Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. The tourism industry is the primary factor for the economy. Myrtle Beach was incorporated in 1938. Data from the 2000 census indicates the city is part of the 13th fastest growing metropolitan area in the country.


Settlers arrived in the late 17th century. However, before the American Revolution occurred the area was basically uninhabited. After the Civil War, the Conway Lumber Company bought the vast majority of the land situated along the ocean. Myrtle Beach was created as a resort area for the companys' employees and in 1900 The company built the Seaside Inn. During this time, a contest occurred to establish the name of the town. Myrtle Beach took the name of the local shrub, the wax myrtle. Throughout the 1900's the area became increasingly popular as a place to live and also for vacations.


Myrtle Beach International Airport provides air transportation.


The beach area is quite popular and is typically very crowded during the primary tourist season. Visitors can enjoy the beauty along the shore when the sun rises. Myrtle Beach is well known for excellent seafood, served at the local restaurants. Broadway at the Beach is a popular destination which features a variety of shops, nightclubs and attractions. The Barefoot Landing contains a vast number of shops, popular restaurants and entertainment. The Coastal Grand Mall is enormous and quite popular. There are numerous other attractions including:

  • Ripley's Aquarium
  • Magiquest
  • The Palace Theatre
  • Pavilion Nostalgia Park
  • Myrtle Beach Sate Park
  • Huntington Beach State Park
  • The Carolina Opry


The city has a vast number of quality golf courses which attract a huge crowd every year. The notable North Course at Myrtle Beach National and South Creek are quite popular. There are a vast number of putt-putt golf courses. The Mount Atlanticus and the Dragon's Lair are two of the prominent courses. The Myrtle Beach Speedway typically offers weekly events. Visitors and residents can enjoy watching the minor league baseball team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, which is associated with the Atlanta Braves. The city is home to a variety of popular festivals.

Higher Education

The Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College are located in the region.


Total Population 29,198
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 13,656
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 42.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28%
Median Earnings25+ $24,224
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,932
Median Earnings With High School Degree $18,854


Median Family Income $51,733
% Above Poverty Level 76.3%
% Below Poverty Level 23.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $826
Median House Value $171,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 14.6%
Irish 12.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Myrtle Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 65 miles SW of Wilmington, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 144 miles S of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Horry
Metro Area Myrtle Beach
Standard Zip Codes 29572, 29575, 29577, 29579, 29588
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29578, 29587
Phone Area Codes 843
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.688
Longitude -78.886

Myrtle Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CONWAY
Distance 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 53 to 77 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 52 to 75 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 55 to 77 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
Distance 29.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 56 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 54.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Myrtle Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carolina Forest (29579)

Surfside (29575)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atlantic Beach 285 $22,273
Conway 19,356 $48,381
North Myrtle Beach 14,824 $64,082
Pawleys Island 97 $101,250
Surfside Beach 4,090 $51,062

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Myrtle Beach Public Libraries

Chapin Memorial Library
400 14TH AVE. N.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
(843) 918-1275
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Myrtle Beach Hospitals

809 82ND PARKWAY BOX 7500
(843) 692-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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