By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's population grew by almost 150,000 people from 2012 to 2013, largely because of people moving to the state.
New population estimates were released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.
The numbers show that, as of last July 1, the estimated state population was approaching 4.8 million people.
The figures also show that South Carolina has four of the nation's 100 fastest-growing counties by percentage growth - all of them on the coast. They include Jasper, Horry, Beaufort and Berkeley counties.
The Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach metropolitan area, which includes Brunswick County in North Carolina, was the 7th-fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation with the population increasing 2.7 percent between July 1 of 2012 and last July 1.