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Old 05-22-2014, 03:30 PM
 
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U.S. Census: Mount Pleasant ninth fastest-growing city in nation in 2013 – The Post and Courier

The Census has now shown Mount Pleasant, SC, as the 9th fastest growing city in the United States (criteria: All cities with over 50,000 people already), and they say Mt P now has approximately 75,000 residents. It is the fastest growing city in the South, if you don't count Texas as the South (I don't, others do).

Plus, SC is the 11th fastest growing state in America.

It also goes on to say how the Charleston area in general is seeing a boom in growth, with the downtown peninsula population set to double in the next 15 years. And that the Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, and Charleston metro areas are the 3 fastest growing metro areas on the East Coast, so, this story includes 3 different metro areas, not just Charleston.

Not sure how I feel about this. But, nice to see how many outsiders love our area.

Wonder how this place will look in 10-15 years?
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Old 05-22-2014, 03:43 PM
 
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I find it hard to think of Mt. Pleasant as a city. Does it even have a downtown? In 10 to 15 years it will still look suburban, only more cramped.

So, on a local level, do Mt. Pleasanters (Pleasantees?) think they have it all over Charleston?

And there's a Charleston area forum. Maybe I should have posted that Columbia remains the state's largest city with thousands expected to move downtown in the next couple of years in the SC forum.
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Old 05-22-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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No idea what it will look like but it will be nice to have Charleston as the largest city in the state.
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Old 05-22-2014, 03:52 PM
 
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I find it hard to think of Mt. Pleasant as a city. Does it even have a downtown? In 10 to 15 years it will still look suburban, only more cramped.

So, on a local level, do Mt. Pleasanters (Pleasantees?) think they have it all over Charleston?

And there's a Charleston area forum. Maybe I should have posted that Columbia remains the state's largest city with thousands expected to move downtown in the next couple of years in the SC forum.
The link talks about the whole state, plus 2 other metro areas (MB and Hilton Head).

75,000 residents is a "city". But, I think the urban area is unique. Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant are all crammed together. Not much, if any, undeveloped gap between the cities. I think all 3 should be one city together.

As for a Mount P "downtown", Coleman Boulevard and the Old Village are the unofficial downtown. They're trying to turn Coleman into what Greenville's Main Street is.

But yeah, Mount Pleasant's business/hotel/restaurant district is only separated from downtown Charleston because of a river. If not for that river, they'd basically be one city.
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Old 05-22-2014, 03:54 PM
 
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No idea what it will look like but it will be nice to have Charleston as the largest city in the state.
Kinda should be now. Charleston/North Charleston/Mt P should be one city. Without signs or just knowing better, you could drive all around it and never know it isn't one city.

And it may not be the largest by residential population; But I promise there are more human bodies in Charleston today than anywhere else; Tourist season is in full swing, and its so crowded, no telling how many people are there now (Of course, Myrtle Beach in the summer easily has the most people in town of anywhere I'd guess)
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:01 PM
 
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No idea what it will look like but it will be nice to have Charleston as the largest city in the state.
That remains to be seen. With over 3,000 new residents expected in Columbia's central business district and Vista added to the 3,000 or so new residents coming to Columbia Common plus people moving into the city in general and filling up houses that are currently empty (and inexpensive), plus continued annexations, we really don't know. And Olympia, Cayce, West Columbia, St. Andrews, Forest Acres and unincorporated northeast Richland County could all be in Columbia if it weren't for rivers, the anti-tax crowd and parochialism.

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Old 05-22-2014, 04:09 PM
 
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That remains to be seen. With over 3,000 new residents expected in Columbia's central business district and Vista added to the 3,500 new residential units coming to Columbia Common plus people moving into the city in general and filling up houses that are currently empty (and inexpensive), plus continued annexations, we really don't know. And Olympia, Cayce, West Columbia, St. Andrews, Forest Acres and unincorporated northeast Richland County could all be in Columbia if it weren't for rivers, the anti-tax crowd and parochialism.
Very true. SC has weird annexation laws. The town of Daniel Island here is in the City of Charleston....but not Charleston County, instead, its in Berkeley County. But they are trying to secede into Charleston County due to Berkeley wanted to put an elementary school in the rural areas, instead of catering to the Island and putting it there (and making all the rest of the rural folks drive all the way down there).

More SC metro areas should go with the metro style government, and have the cities combined into one big one, and centralize services to make things more efficient and easier to plan. Louisville and Charlotte have done this and it works much better.
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:09 PM
 
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That remains to be seen. With over 3,000 new residents expected in Columbia's central business district and Vista added to the 3,500 new residential units coming to Columbia Common plus people moving into the city in general and filling up houses that are currently empty (and inexpensive), plus continued annexations, we really don't know. And Olympia, Cayce, West Columbia, St. Andrews, Forest Acres and unincorporated northeast Richland County could all be in Columbia if it weren't for rivers, the anti-tax crowd and parochialism.
Bah, I'm sure if Charleston bothered to annex enough area to make us equal in Size to Columbia we would have a lot more people, as it stands Columbia has 23 sq mi of land area more than Charleston. In fact North Charleston may have as many people as Columbia if it annexed area to equal Columbia's size as North Charleston is a good 60sq mi smaller than columbia
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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If daily tourist population counted, Charleston would be the biggest by quite a bit.

But, that said, on USC gameday, Columbia probably has another 300,000 people in town!
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:22 PM
 
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Bah, I'm sure if Charleston bothered to annex enough area to make us equal in Size to Columbia we would have a lot more people, as it stands Columbia has 23 sq mi of land area more than Charleston. In fact North Charleston may have as many people as Columbia if it annexed area to equal Columbia's size as North Charleston is a good 60sq mi smaller than columbia
Fort Jackson is in the city of Columbia. Fort Jackson is 52,000 acres, only a tiny fraction of which is inhabited. 52,000 acres is equivalent to 81 1/4 square miles.
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