Census figures: County has lost nearly 6,000 residents
By Bobby Bryant, Editor
In the past 10 years, Darlington County’s population has shrunk by nearly 6,000 people, the U.S. Census Bureau says. Officials have begun releasing data from the 2020 Census, and the numbers put Darlington County’s current population at 62,905 – down by 5,776 people, or 8.4 percent, from the 2010 Census. The county’s 2010 population was 68,681. The Pee Dee region has shrunk in the past decade, the Census Bureau says. Here are some of the numbers for counties that border Darlington: Lee County lost 2,689 people (14 percent), Chesterfield County lost 3,461 people (7.4 percent), Marlboro County lost 2,266 people (7.8 percent). However, Horry County has exploded in the past decade, the Census Bureau found. It has grown by 81,738 people – a 30 percent rise. Horry’s “new” population, the people who’ve moved there in the past 10 years, would surpass all of Darlington County’s current residents. Other fast-growing S.C. counties: Berkeley (up 28 percent), Lancaster (up 24 percent), York (up 24 percent) and Dorchester (up 17 percent). Looking at South Carolina as a whole, the state has grown by 493,000 people over the past decade, a 10.7 percent growth rate. South Carolina’s total population now is 5.1 million.