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Myrtle Beach named nation's fastest growing city, again

FILE - Beachgoers line the sand Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Chris Carlson
Associated Press
FILE - Beachgoers line the sand Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Myrtle Beach is called a "great place to start a small business" by U.S. News and World Report as the magazine ranks it the fastest growing place in America.

For the third year in a row, Myrtle Beach has claimed the top spot inU.S. News and World Report’s annual listof fastest growing places in America.

The coastal city known for its boardwalk, beaches and resorts outranked four Florida, beachside communities this year including Sarasota, Fort Myers, Lakeland and Port St. Lucie.

The magazine says its 2023-2024 rankings are based on the net migration of each metro area, which is measured by the growth or decline of a population over the past five years.

The magazine reports that while Myrtle Beach is a popular vacation destination, its residents enjoy a pro-business atmosphere with low-income taxes and numerous incentives making it, “a great place to start a small business”.

Also making the magazine's top 25 fastest growing places are two more South Carolina cities, Greenville and Spartanburg.

Here's a look at the top ten fastest growing places for 2023-2024 according to U.S. News and World Report.

  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Lakeland, FL
  • Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Boise, ID
  • Ocala, FL
  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Naples, FL
  • Salisbury, MD
Victoria Hansen is our Lowcountry connection covering the Charleston community, a city she knows well. She grew up in newspaper newsrooms and has worked as a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years. Her first reporting job brought her to Charleston where she covered local and national stories like the Susan Smith murder trial and the arrival of the Citadel’s first female cadet.