A little about Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Myrtle Beach motelsWhen you consider moving to a different region of the country, you may be overwhelmed with questions: What is the lay of the land like? How is the weather? What's the population? What can I expect, as far as taxes are concerned? If you are thinking about a move to Myrtle Beach, be aware of the fact that many of these questions are easily answered. And chances are, you'll like what you hear.

The Myrtle Beach area is in the Eastern time zone, in a state that borders the Atlantic Ocean, Georgia, and North Carolina. If you were to drive across the state, east to west, it would only be about 275 miles; north to south is an even shorter distance, 218 miles. The entire state is 31,189 square miles, making it the 41st largest state in the union.

The Myrtle Beach area is home to the state's largest county, Horry, which measures some 1,134 square miles. If you move to Myrtle Beach, you'll hear a great deal about the Low Country, which is the area along South Carolina's coast from Pawleys Island south to the Savannah River.

Myrtle Beach SCThe worst hurricane ever to hit the area was Hugo, which passed through September 21 and 22, 1989. The worst earthquake occurred back on August 31, 1886 in Charleston. Despite its popularity, Myrtle Beach is not the largest city in the state--that honor goes to Columbia, which had a population of 98,052 as of the year 2000.

All told, South Carolina is home to some 4,012,012 people, making it the 26th most populous state in the nation. The state is quite racially diverse, with African-Americans making up nearly 30 percent of the population. Women outnumber men, 52 percent to 48 percent, and more than half the state is considered urban. As far as taxes are concerned, the state fuel tax is 16 cents a gallon; the highest income tax rate for individuals is seven percent; and the corporate state income tax rate is five percent.

Concerned about schools? An average of more than $5,000 is spent each year for each student in the public school system. What these statistics tell us is that Myrtle Beach is a diverse, comfortable place to reside, in a region that may be relatively small, but makes up for its size in the stunning variety of attractions it offers. It is, indeed, a place like no other.


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