Charleston overtakes Columbia as South Carolina's largest city

Charleston overtakes Columbia as South Carolina's largest city

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston has edged out Columbia as South Carolina's largest city, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday.

Charleston's population as of July 1, 2016 is 134,385 – that's 76 people more people than the capital city in 2016.

"I understand why. I grew up here, but I think it is getting a little crowded," Johns Island resident Julia Fox said.

All you have to do is look at the cranes in the downtown area. New apartment buildings are going up to accommodate the growing population.

"I don't like all the development downtown where we can't really handle it," Charleston resident Susan Burkhardt said.

"It's a real challenge for us of course and the challenge is not to be the biggest city, but to be the best city for all of our residents," Charleston Planning Director Jacob Lindsey said.

Lindsey says a growth management plan has been put into place.

There's a moratorium on building on James Island and in the Church Creek Basin in West Ashley.

Some folks have other concerns about the growing population.

"I think it's nice, I think it's great. We just got to figure out what to do with the traffic that comes in our area," Charleston resident Nate Frasier said.

In addition to Charleston, to other local municipalities are in the top five in population.

North Charleston ranked as the third largest city in the state with 109,298 people.

Mount Pleasant ranked fourth with a population was 84,170 and Summerville's was 43,392, according to the Census Bureau.

With a population of 67,453 in 2016, Greenville grew by 5.8 percent, making it the country's fourth fastest growing city.

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