Letter from the Publisher
Travelling the state, I occasionally find myself in territorial debates about population, size and economic impact with my fellow “Sandlappers.”
Some may argue this goes as far back as 1786 when the capital was moved from Charleston to Columbia to accommodate Upstate Representatives who complained of the travel time to Charleston.
The manufacturing industry is statewide but more prevalent in the Upstate and by a notable margin. That being the case we headquarter in the region’s most populous city, Greenville.
However, due to stringent annexation laws in South Carolina, Greenville sits as far back as the sixth largest city for population in the state while residing in the state's most populated county and metropolitan area.
Charleston has the distinction of being the state's most populated city and Columbia is a close second. The city limits of both exceed 100 square miles while Greenville's are a mere 28.6 square miles.
However, Greenville County’s population holds well over 100,000 more residents than either Richland or Charleston counties. In fact, Greenville County houses over 10% of the state's overall population. Additionally, the Greenville Metropolitan area headcount is also larger than either the Charleston or Columbia metropolitan areas, and this too, by a substantial margin.
So, let's take a look at some general statistics and compare the Big 3 areas of South Carolina. Let the debate continue!
Big 3 Comparison
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Big 3 Downtown Videos
About the Author:
James Toppe is the President/Publisher of South Carolina Manufacturing and a graduate of Clemson University.