Myrtle Beach Neighborhoods
Myrtle Beach (pop. 22,759) is the largest, most developed and best-known of the Grand Strand’s communities, with more concentrated restaurants, hotels, attractions, retail stores and entertainment options than anywhere else in the Grand Strand. You’ll find reasonably priced, family friendly neighborhoods, golf course communities and condos in Myrtle Beach, all close to the ocean. City leaders are looking at options to encourage bikeways, green space, and denser urban housing. Myrtle Beach’s population is primarily composed of young professionals and families: median age is 37 median family income is $43,900.
North Myrtle Beach Neighborhoods
Made up of four individual communities – Ocean Drive, Cherry Grove, Windy Hill and Crescent Beach – the city of North Myrtle Beach (pop. 10,974) occupies a 9.3-square-mile land area with nine miles of beautiful beaches. North Myrtle Beach is a relaxed, peaceful, family-oriented community, with a lot of vacation property owners as well. More than half the population of North Myrtle Beach is 45 or older. Median family income is $46,052.
Little River Neighborhoods
The quiet fishing village of Little River (pop. 7,027), one of the area’s earliest coastal settlements, is a few miles north of Myrtle Beach, along the Intracoastal Waterway at the South Carolina/North Carolina border. The area was once a popular hideout for pirates and Civil War blockade-runners. Known for its fresh seafood, fishing charters, annual Blue Crab Festival and historic live oak trees, Little River moves at a relaxed pace. About 55% of Little River’s residents are older than 45, with the median age at 49. Children under age 18 make up 18.6% of the households, whereas 32.3% of Little River’s households are individuals or non-families.
Garden City Neighborhoods
Unincorporated Garden City Beach (pop. 9,357) is in both Horry and Georgetown counties, ending on a peninsula at the mouth of Murrells Inlet. Beach houses and condominiums are the primary housing. Access to the ocean and inlet makes it a hot spot for fishing, crabbing, and water sports. Community assets include a fishing pier, marina, amusements, restaurants, and other businesses. Nearly 62% of Garden City’s residents are older than 45 years, and the median age is 54. Only 12.8% of Garden City’s households include children under age 18.
Created in 1734 as the town of Kingston, Conway (pop. 11,788) is a community of tree-lined streets, historic homes and churches, and a revitalized business district as ell as being the Horry County seat. Huge, moss-draped live oaks stand along avenues, in the middle of the street or just out from the curbs, as vehicular traffic yields the right-of-way. A beautiful riverwalk is enjoyed by all Conway residents. Recreational boats often run up and down the Waccamaw River. Conway’s population is young – median age is 33 – and diverse. Households with children under age 18 make up 32.8% of the population. Median family income is $39,189.
Surfside Beach Neighborhoods
Billing itself as “the family beach,” Surfside Beach (pop. 4,425) in Horry County is an active residential community south of Myrtle Beach. You’ll find beach houses, condominiums, hotels, and a popular fishing pier. The town also has a large water park, numerous restaurants and other businesses. Surfside Beach has a slightly older population, with a median age of 44. Median family income is $49,847.
Murrells Inlet Neighborhoods
The fishing village of Murrells Inlet (pop. 5,519), billed as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” prides itself on the natural beauty of the marshes that surround it and works hard to preserve that beauty. A Marshwalk and creekside park encourage residents and visitors to stop and enjoy the view. Residents are older-median age is 47-and only 17.6% of the households have children 18 or younger. Median family income is $47,194.
Litchfield Beach, SC
Litchfield [see map] (pop. 3,800), once known as Magnolia Beach, draws both retirees and families to its quiet, relaxed, neighborhood atmosphere. Features of this unincorporated community include lower-density housing, impeccable landscaping, country clubs, and planning that includes generous amounts of undeveloped natural areas to enjoy in this part of Georgetown County.
Pawleys Island, SC
“Elegantly shabby” typifies Pawleys Island (pop. 138), one of the earliest resort towns in the state. Pawleys Island today is a mecca for the young professionals who built significant nest eggs early in life and are ready to enjoy a long, active, social retirement. The median age of Pawleys Island’s residents is 55 years, while median family income is $97,125. Less than 10% of Pawleys Island’s households include children 18 years old or younger.
This Georgetown County seat located on the Sampit River began as a Spanish settlement in 1526, and figured in many events in early American history. Today Georgetown (pop. 8,950) is a riverport town with colorful downtown buildings and brick-lined sidewalks. Norman Crampton rates Georgetown among the top 100 small towns in America in his two most recent ratings of American small towns. The median age of Georgetown residents is 35. The town’s population is primarily young, diverse families: 32.8% of Georgetown’s households include children under age 18.
Fifteen minutes inland from Georgetown are the friendly people and quiet streets of Andrews (pop. 3,068), home of singer Chubby Checker. Andrews offers scenic river trails and canoe trips along the ebony waters of the Black River. Andrews has just over 3,000 largely young and diverse residents; more than 35% of its households include children under 18. Median age is 35.
Loris (pop. 2,079), 35 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach and incorporated in 1902, is known for its friendly, small town atmosphere. Folks crowd into Loris each year for the Loris Bog-Off, a chicken bog cooking festival celebrating a local specialty made with chicken, rice, sausage, and assorted seasonings. The median age of Loris residents is 40. Loris’ diverse population includes 66% family households and about 33% of households of individuals or couples with no children.
Founded in the 1800s by Maine’s Buck family to supply their Penobscot Bay shipyard with timber, Bucksport (pop. 1,117) today is young (median age 32 years) and predominately African-American. Children under age 18 are included in 36.8% of the town’s households.
Atlantic Beach, SC
Atlantic Beach (pop. 351) has a predominately young, African-American population: median age is 30. Nicknamed “The Black Pearl,” Atlantic Beach was formed from the rich culture of African-Americans and their mixed heritage-African, Native American, Caribbean and European. Chartered in 1966, Atlantic Beach is one of the only remaining Black-owned oceanfront towns in America.
Aynor (pop. 587), the Little Golden Town in western Horry County, began as a terminus for a railroad from Conway in the early 1900s. Aynor is overwhelmingly a town of families: nearly 70% of the households in Aynor are married couples with or without children, or single parents; more than 30% of Aynor’s households include children under age 18.
Longs, SC – this small rural area is situated between North Myrtle Beach and Longs and only minutes to the beach. Several golf courses with quite neighborhood living is the lifestyles here.
Calabash, NC — Seafood is the reputation of this North Carolina settlement and it is located on the Intracoastal Waterway with shopping, golfing and fishing galore.
Socastee is a Native American name referred to as “Sawkastee” in a 1711 land grant to Percival Pawley. A skirmish between small forces of American and British troops occurred near Socastee Creek in 1781. By the 1870s, the Socastee community was a significant center for the production and distribution of naval stores such as turpentine and tar. This area included a saw mill, turpentine distilleries, cotton gin, grist mill, cooper shop and general store. The Socastee Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002