The City of Myrtle Beach is a residential and vacation community at the heart of South Carolina's Grand Strand coast.  Our 30,000 permanent residents and millions of visitors enjoy wide beaches, warm weather and an incredible range of entertainment and activities.  Myrtle Beach was incorporated in 1938 and became a city in 1957, when the permanent population first topped 5,000.  The name "Myrtle Beach" comes from the wax myrtle, an abundant local shrub, and was chosen in a name-the-town contest in 1900. 

For nearly 50 years, Myrtle Beach was a military town, first as home to the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 1940s, and then to the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base beginning in the 1950s.  The base closed in 1993, and the property has since been redeveloped as the Market Common District, complete with an urban town center known as The Market Common, a Grand Park that features open space, recreation fields, a large lake and many walking and bicycling trails.  Warbird Park features static displays of three types of U.S. planes that were stationed at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.  The park also is home to the Wall of Service, a memorial wall featuring names of the military personnel and civilian staff who lived and worked at the base.

Today, Myrtle Beach is a well known destination for vacationers from around the country, Canada and abroad.  The city's 900-plus staff members are dedicated to being "First in Service," and we are ready to provide assistance and answer your questions at any time.  Again, welcome to the City of Myrtle Beach.  We hope you find this site enjoyable and useful.  For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at or 843-918-1014.

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ADA NOTICE:  The City of Myrtle Beach will not discriminate against qualified individuals on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities. The city will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy its programs, services, and activities.  Call 843-918-1114 for more information. 

TITLE VI PLAN:  It is the policy of the City of Myrtle Beach to comply with all federal and state authorities requiring non-discrimination, including but not limited to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The City of Myrtle Beach does not and will not exclude from participation, deny benefits or subject to discrimination anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or income.  Call 843-918-1114 for more information.

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