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South Carolina gained almost 500,000 people between 2010 and 2020, according to long-expected new figures released yesterday by the U.S. census. The state’s 11% growth to 5.1 million people was clustered along the coast and in the Charlotte suburbs. The top three counties by population remain Greenville, Richland and Charleston, with the tri-county population increasing to nearly 800,000. Just over half of the state’s 46 counties, most of them rural, lost population.

Other results: The percentages of white and Black South Carolinians dropped while Hispanic or Latino residents rose from 5.1% to 6.9%. More: Associated Press, The State, The Post and Courier

Nationally, growing numbers of Hispanic, Asian and mulitracial Americans increased while the number of white people in the U.S. declined for the first time since 1790, shifting the racial makeup of the country from coast to coast. More: The Post and Courier, The Washington Post, The New York Times

In other headlines:

Sutherland inquiry in Sheriff’s office highlights internal flaws. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office investigation exonerated the two deputies involved in Jamal Sutherland’s death in January but found problems at the county’s jail contributed to the mentally ill man’s death. More: The Post and Courier 

Tropical Depression Fred to strengthen to tropical storm, bring rain to Lowcountry. Tropical Depression Fred is projected to hit South Florida Aug. 13 before moving northward through portions of the panhandle. Fred was downgraded from a tropical storm Wednesday but is forecast to regain tropical-storm strength as it approaches Florida. More: The Post and Courier, WCSC TV

Cane Bay opens new charter school; McMaster addresses masking at ribbon-cutting. School officials with the new Berkeley Preparatory Academy welcomed Gov. Henry McMaster, parents and other state and local education representatives as it celebrated the institution’s grand opening. More: The Post and Courier, WCSC TV

Nexton breaks ground on 320-unit for-rent development. Charlotte-based Terwilliger Pappas is developing nine three- and four-story buildings near Nexton Square that are scheduled to be completed by 2022 in the master-planned community near Interstate 26 in Summerville. More: Charleston Business Journal 

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