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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 22,759.The metropolitan population is counted at 196,629 in 2000.

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Geography

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Location of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is located at 33°42'15" North, 78°52'32" West (33.704238, -78.875453)Template:GR. It is situated mainly between the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on the west and the Atlantic Ocean (Long Bay) on the East.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 43.5 km² (16.8 mi²). 43.5 km² (16.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.12% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 22,759 people, 10,413 households, and 5,414 families residing in the city. It has a metropolitan population of about 217,608 which is steadily rising. The population density is 523.7/km² (1,356.3/mi²). There are 14,658 housing units at an average density of 337.3/km² (873.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 81.16% White, 12.76% African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 2.37% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. 4.67% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 10,413 households out of which 20.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% are married couples living together, 11.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 48.0% are non-families. 34.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.17 and the average family size is 2.79.

In the city the population is spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $35,498, and the median income for a family is $43,900. Males have a median income of $26,039 versus $22,473 for females. The per capita income for the city is $23,214. 12.0% of the population and 7.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.1% of those under the age of 18 and 6.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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Miscellaneous

Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination along the South Atlantic seaboard of the United States, widely known for its wide beaches, large selection of challenging golf links, excellent seafood restaurants, and outlet-style shopping activities.For this reason,the Myrtle Beach area attracts over 14 million visitors a year. It is set at the center of a 60-mile long chain of tranquil, sandy beaches known as the "Grand Strand", and is only a couple hours' drive from such historical day-trip destinations as Charleston, SC and Wilmington, NC. It is served by one daily newspaper, "The Sun News", and by Coastal Carolina University (10 miles west of town), its nearest 4-year co-educational institution of higher learning. It is also served by the Myrtle Beach International Airport, located on the old U.S. Air Force base on the south side of town. The South Atlantic League's Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a class A farm franchise for the Atlanta Braves major league baseball club, plays its home games at Coastal Federal Field. It also has more miniature golf courses than anywhere else in the world.Myrtle Beach also have many well known attractions for visitors. Broadway at the Beach which is located on the north side of the city is known widely for its restaurants and all kinds of entertainment venues such as Ripley's Aquarium and NASCAR Speedpark.At the heart of downtown located right off of Highway 501 there is the Myrtle Beach Pavillion which is a major amusement park in the area that draws a lot of attention to visitors and locals. Also located off of Hwy 501 at the intersection of Hwy 17 bypass is the huge Coastal Grand Mall. having 1.5 million square feet,Coastal Grand is supposedly the largest mall in South Carolina.Other entertainments throughout the city and area are Alligaror Adventure,Family Kingdom Amusement Park,Myrtle Waves,the Carolina Opry,the House of Blues,Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede,Medieval Time and also Ripley's Believe it or not Museum.

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