North Myrtle Beach
is a city in Horry County
, South Carolina
, United States
. It was created in 1968
from four existing municipalities north of Myrtle Beach
, and serves as one of the primary tourist
towns along the Grand Strand
. The population was 10,974 at the 2000 census
North Myrtle Beach is located at (33.822216, -78.680974).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.5 square miles (35.0 km²), of which, 13.0 square miles (33.8 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (3.48%) is water.
The area is divided into three separate areas based on its former municipalities. These are Windy Hill, Crescent Beach, and Cherry Grove, a spit bordering North Carolina. Atlantic Beach, which lies inside of North Myrtle Beach, chose to remain its own town during the merger. It is serviced by the greater city but is independently run.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 10,974 people, 5,406 households, and 3,130 families residing in the city. The population density
was 841.6 people per square mile (324.9/km²). There were 18,091 housing units at an average density of 1,387.5/sq mi (535.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.50% White
, 2.31% African American
, 0.47% Native American
, 0.64% Asian
, 0.14% Pacific Islander
, 1.06% from other races
, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 2.36% of the population.
There were 5,406 households out of which 15.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.53.
In the city the population was spread out with 13.8% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $38,787, and the median income for a family was $46,052. Males had a median income of $30,189 versus $22,119 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,006. About 5.1% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.
North Myrtle Beach is run by an elected Mayor-council government
system. The current mayor is Marilyn Hatley. The current council members are Terry White (Mayor pro tempore
), J.O. Baldwin, Robert Cavanaugh, Greg Duckworth, Hank Thomas, and Doris Williams.
U.S. Route 17
is the primary highway in the city. It connects Little River
to Briarcliffe Acres
. The area is bypassed to the west by the Carolina Bays Parkway
, an Interstate
-grade expressway. This may eventually become the eastern terminus for the North Myrtle Beach Connector
North Myrtle Beach is home to a single terminal, the Grand Strand Airport (CRE
), serving primarily banner planes and small aircraft.
North Myrtle Beach is serviced by the Coast RTA
, formerly Waccamaw RTA or Lymo.
North Myrtle Beach is the hometown of Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White