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Time Zone: Horry County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Conway is the Seat for Horry County.

Horry County was founded in 1801 and was created by taking area from GeorgetownCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Horry had a population of 263,868 people. This is an increase of 34.2% since the last Census (which gave a population of 196,629 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Horry represented 4.9% of the total population of South Carolina, making it the state's 6th most populous county (out of 46 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010269,291+36.95%+2.06% since 2009
2009263,868+34.2%+1.96% since 2008
2008258,790+31.61%+3.14% since 2007
2007250,904+27.6% 
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2000196,629The Last Census

More information can be found on the Horry County Census Page for Horry County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Horry County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Horry County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Myrtle Beach   31,96822,75940.46% increase  
Conway   16,31711,78838.42% increase  
North Myrtle Beach   16,22110,97447.81% increase  
Surfside Beach   4,8384,4259.33% increase  
Loris   2,3782,07914.38% increase  

Websites for Horry County

Official Website:   www.horrycounty.org/

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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