Census: SC population on the rise

COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- South Carolina's Hispanic population has more than doubled in the past decade.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday released its data from the 2010 census in South Carolina that shows more than 235,000 people identified themselves as Hispanic in the state in 2010, a 148 percent increase from 2000.

The data also shows three of the state's four fastest growing counties are near the coast. Beaufort, Dorchester, Horry and York counties all grew by more than 30 percent.

Twelve of the state's 46 counties lost population, centered in the rural textile regions south of Interstate 85 and also rural counties south and east of Columbia away from the coast.

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The Census Bureau says South Carolina's population jumped more than 15 percent in the past decade to 4,625,364 people.

Here in the Midlands, Columbia climbed over 11 percent in population. Lexington gained more than 82 percent.

County Population % Change Aiken 12.31%

Calhoun -0.07%

Clarendon 7.60%

Fairfield 2.14%

Kershaw 17.19%

Lee -4.47%

Lexington 21.47%

Newberry 3.88%

Orangeburg 1.00%

Richland 19.90%

Saluda 3.62%

Sumter 2.69%

Take a look to see how your area fared on our interactive census data map .

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)