PopulationMetro: 464,165
Come on in! The water in Myrtle Beach is fine, and so is the foreign direct investment.

Myrtle Beach has been a playground, resting place and resource since the Waccamaw and Winyah Indians walked the area’s 60 miles of shore. When the Intracoastal Waterway was established in 1936 and the town was incorporated two years later, an all-American getaway was born.

Today, 19 million visitors climb aboard 50 direct flights from around the country to frolic in calm waters, see the Ripley’s Odditorium and then go for a medieval dinner. After that, there’s the new, 1.2-mile-long Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade, perfect for walking off the feast.

With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that the city lands at #1 for Attractions. Myrtle Beach is a funhouse—in the water and out. All of which explains its #4 ranking for our deep Product category among small U.S. cities, which measures attractions, plus accessibility, infrastructure and more.

Place 38
Product 77
Programming 61
People 51
Prosperity 27
Promotion 78

If the weather is almost always pleasant at the beaches, the climate for business is even better. Myrtle Beach is one of the fastest-growing small cities in the country; and, already home to 25 international companies, it’s in the Top 10 for foreign direct investment.

The business community lauds the location as central, and the Conway–Horry County Airport (the city ranks #6 for Connectivity) is working to further position the city as a global hub strategically located halfway between New York and Miami and between the port cities of Charleston, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C.