Our Waccamaw Region
The Waccamaw Region of South Carolina includes the coastal counties of Horry and Georgetown, as well as Georgetown’s neighbor to the west, Williamsburg County. The counties are quite diverse and the area contains a mix of urban and rural communities.
The region begins at the North Carolina line and stretches down South Carolina’s Grand Strand to the Waccamaw Neck area of Georgetown County and westward into more rural reaches.
In both area and population, Horry County is the largest in the region with more than 1,130 square miles and an estimated 282,285 residents in 2012, according to the Census Bureau. The population in 2010 was 269,291. Cities and townships include Atlantic Beach, Aynor, Briarcliffe Acres, Conway, Loris, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. It is also home to Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
Georgetown County has about 815 square miles and a population of just over 60,000, according to the 2010 census. From the coast, across the Waccamaw River to the western portion of the county, its population is as diverse as its landscape. It is home to the City of Georgetown and the Towns of Pawleys Island and Andrews, which sits on the Georgetown/Williamsburg County line. Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University have sites in the county. Additionally, The University of South Carolina and Clemson University maintain environmental research sites at Hobcaw Barony near the City of Georgetown.
Both bustling Horry and the more laid-back Georgetown County are popular and well-known tourist destinations, thanks to their beaches.
Williamsburg County is easily the most rural county in the region. It has about 935 square miles and an estimated 2012 population of 33,620, according to the US Census Bureau. Municipalities include Andrews, Greeleyville, Hemingway, Kingstree, Lane and Stuckey. It is home to Williamsburg Technical College, located in Kingstree, and county residents also have access to a Florence-Darlington Technical College site.
Serving such a diverse area creates some challenges, but Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments is prepared and able to meet the unique needs of every jurisdiction and community in its region.