Bear Swamp, South Carolina

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Population in July 2007: 13,204.
Males: 6,340  (48.0%)
Females: 6,864  (52.0%)
Median resident age:  36.7 years
South Carolina median age:  35.4 years

Zip code: 29414

Estimated median household income in 2012: $71,495 (it was $55,630 in 2000)
Bear Swamp:

$71,495
SC:

$43,107
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $32,224 (it was $23,297 in 2000)

Bear Swamp CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $268,825 (it was $136,500 in 2000)
Bear Swamp:

$268,825
SC:

$135,500
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $275,133; Detached houses: $284,540; Townhouses or other attached units: $208,036; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $143,688; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $158,131; Mobile homes: $54,747
Bear Swamp races chart
  • White alone - 8,716 (73.1%)
  • Black alone - 2,700 (22.6%)
  • Asian alone - 193 (1.6%)
  • Hispanic - 154 (1.3%)
  • Two or more races - 122 (1.0%)
  • American Indian alone - 30 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 6 (0.05%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 1 (0.01%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Bear Swamp: 195.3 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 40.5 square miles.

Population density: 326 people per square mile   (very low).

Bear Swamp, South Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Bear Swamp:

  • High school or higher: 89.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 34.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.9%
  • Unemployed: 2.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bear Swamp CCD:

  • Never married: 22.2%
  • Now married: 64.8%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 4.7%
  • Divorced: 8.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Bear Swamp CCD:  0.6% ($818)
South Carolina:  0.6% ($510)
Bear Swamp satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: North Charleston, SC (5.3 miles , pop. 79,641).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (170.2 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (566.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: North Charleston, SC (2.3 miles ), Charleston, SC (2.4 miles ), Hanahan, SC (2.8 miles ), Johns Island, SC (2.9 miles ), Ravenel, SC (3.0 miles ), James Island, SC (3.1 miles ), Hollywood, SC (3.2 miles ), Goose Creek, SC (3.5 miles ).

Latitude: 32.83 N, Longitude: 80.08 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 843

Bear Swamp household income distribution Bear Swamp home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.8%
South Carolina:

5.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Health care (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Health care (20%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Top executives (4%)
  • Computer specialists (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (9%)
  • Registered nurses (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)

Work and jobs in Bear Swamp: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Bear Swamp, South Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Bear Swamp-area historical tornado activity is below South Carolina state average. It is 44% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/11/1960, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 5.9 miles away from the Bear Swamp place center injured 10 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 8/29/1964, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 10.4 miles away from the place center injured 2 people and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bear Swamp-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below South Carolina state average. It is 88% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 6.5 miles away from the city center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 15.6 miles away from Bear Swamp center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 30.4 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 157.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/17/1995 at 13:45:57, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 8.3 miles away from Bear Swamp center
On 11/8/2002 at 13:29:03, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 2.4 mi) earthquake occurred 28.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Charleston County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 4, Tropical Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Bear Swamp:

  • RAI CARE CENTERS CHARLESTON (Dialysis Facility, about 3 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • ASHLEY CROSSING REHAB AND NURS. (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • NHC HEALTH CARE, CHARLESTON (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • ROPER-ST. FRANCIS HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 3 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • CHARLES TOWNE HOME PROGRAM (Dialysis Facility, about 4 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • POINTE DIALYSIS, LLC (Dialysis Facility, about 4 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • FABER PLACE DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 4 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)

Amtrak station near Bear Swamp:

  • 6 miles: CHARLESTON (N. CHARLESTON, 4565 GAYNOR AVE.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bear Swamp:

  • Citadel Military College of South Carolina (about 7 miles; Charleston, SC; Full-time enrollment: 3,683)
  • Trident Technical College (about 8 miles; Charleston, SC; FT enrollment: 13,125)
  • Medical University of South Carolina (about 9 miles; Charleston, SC; FT enrollment: 2,138)
  • College of Charleston (about 9 miles; Charleston, SC; FT enrollment: 10,974)
  • Charleston Southern University (about 11 miles; Charleston, SC; FT enrollment: 3,012)
  • South Carolina State University (about 65 miles; Orangeburg, SC; FT enrollment: 3,481)
  • Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College (about 67 miles; Orangeburg, SC; FT enrollment: 2,113)

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Notable locations in Bear Swamp: Clemson College Experiment Farm (A), Shadowmoss Golf Club (B), Runnymede Plantation (C), United State Department of Agriculture (D), Millbrook Plantation (E), Drayton Hall (F), Storybook Farm (G), Magnolia-on-the-Ashley (H), Saint Andrews Fire Department Station 4 (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Bear Swamp include: Saint Andrews Church (A), Saint Johns Church (B), Saint Marys Church (C), Saint Phillips Church (D), Springfield Church (E), Bethany Church (F), Saint Andrews Parish United Methodist Church (G), Lovely Hill Missionary Baptist Church (H), New Hope Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Live Oak Memorial Gardens (1), Castle Cemetery (2), Hughes Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Swamps: Bear Swamp (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Rantowles Creek (A), Olive Branch (B), Macbeth Creek (C), Keivling Creek (D), Fishburne Creek (E), Long Branch (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Bear Swamp: Magnolia Gardens (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Charleston County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 61.2. This is better than average.

City:

61.2
U.S.:

74.2

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.754. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.754
U.S.:

1.929

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 7.74. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.74
U.S.:

9.14

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2011 was 0.00364. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00364
U.S.:

0.01468
Average household size:
This place:  2.7 people
South Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  70.5%
Whole state:  70.3%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  3.4%
Whole state:  4.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

6.4%
Whole state:

14.1%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

1.9%
Whole state:

6.5%
68 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse in 2000
17 people in nursing homes in 2000

Bear Swamp compared to South Carolina state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (69%)
  • Utility gas (24%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Bear Swamp CCD (based on Charleston County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 42.70%
Here: 42.7%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEpiscopal ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents27.1%18.0%13.3%9.7%9.1%
Congregations20.7%7.1%14.3%9.8%8.6%
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaJewish Charismatic Churches IndependentMuslim EstimateOther
Adherents4.5%3.8%2.0%1.5%11.0%
Congregations4.9%1.1%1.1%1.9%30.5%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 88
Charleston County:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
This county:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 19
Charleston County:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 140
Charleston County:

4.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 393
Here:

11.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.8%
South Carolina:

10.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Charleston County:

25.5%
South Carolina:

29.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.7%
State:

13.4%

9.80% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($47,237 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.80%
South Carolina average:

6.90%

0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries ($334 average AGI)
Charleston County:

0.09%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Berkeley County, SC  1.54% ($33,722 average AGI)
from Dorchester County, SC  0.99% ($32,712)
from Richland County, SC  0.30% ($41,580)


8.60% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($39,893 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.60%
South Carolina average:

6.53%

0.11% of residents moved to foreign countries ($692 average AGI)
Charleston County:

0.11%
South Carolina average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Berkeley County, SC  1.72% ($36,861 average AGI)
to Dorchester County, SC  1.29% ($30,599)
to Richland County, SC  0.21% ($31,730)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bear Swamp:

  • WIQB (1050 AM; 25 kW; CONWAY, SC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WSCC (730 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WXTC (1390 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • WTMA (1250 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQSC (1340 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: KIRKMAN BROADCASTING, INC,)
  • WQTK (950 AM; 10 kW; MONCKS CORNER, SC; Owner: KIRKMAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WQNT (1450 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: KIRKMAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTMZ (910 AM; 1 kW; DORCHESTER TERR.-BRE, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WCEO (840 AM; daytime; 50 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)
  • WBAJ (890 AM; daytime; 50 kW; BLYTHEWOOD, SC; Owner: FAMILY FIRST)
  • WQIZ (810 AM; daytime; 5 kW; ST. GEORGE, SC; Owner: RADIO PROPERTIES, LLC)
  • WAZS (980 AM; 1 kW; SUMMERVILLE, SC; Owner: THOMAS B. DANIELS)
  • WZJY (1480 AM; 1 kW; MOUNT PLEASANT, SC; Owner: LEVAS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bear Swamp:

  • WMGL (101.7 FM; RAVENEL, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WALC (100.5 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WSSX-FM (95.1 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WXLY (102.5 FM; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WEZL (103.5 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WSUY (96.9 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WJNI (106.3 FM; LADSON, SC; Owner: THOMAS B. DANIELS)
  • WAVF (96.1 FM; HANAHAN, SC; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWWZ (93.3 FM; SUMMERVILLE, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WSCI (89.3 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WRFQ (104.5 FM; MOUNT PLEASANT, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WYBB (98.1 FM; FOLLY BEACH, SC; Owner: L.M. COMMUNICATIONS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, INC.)
  • WCOO (105.5 FM; KIAWAH ISLAND, SC; Owner: L.M. COMMUNICATIONS II OF SOUTH CAROLINA, INC.)
  • W205BJ (88.9 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WYFH (90.7 FM; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WSSP (94.3 FM; GOOSE CREEK, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNKT (107.5 FM; ST. GEORGE, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W220CN (91.9 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WKCL (91.5 FM; LADSON, SC; Owner: CHAPEL HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH & BIBLE CO)
  • WJZX (99.7 FM; HOLLYWOOD, SC; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Bear Swamp:

  • WCBD-TV (Channel 2; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCSC-TV (Channel 5; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: WCSC, INC.)
  • WITV (Channel 7; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WCIV (Channel 4; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: WCIV, LLC)
  • WJEA-LP (Channel 12; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CHARLES S. NAMEY)
  • WMMP (Channel 36; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: WMMP LICENSEE L.P.)
  • WTAT-TV (Channel 24; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: WTAT LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WJNI-LP (Channel 57; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: THOMAS B. DANIELS)
  • WTBD-LP (Channel 22; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: THOMAS B. DANIELS)
  • W21BX (Channel 21; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WJRB-LP (Channel 18; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: RAUL INFANTE, JR.)
  • WJWJ-TV (Channel 16; BEAUFORT, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • W26CF (Channel 26; SUMMERVILLE, SC; Owner: DOVE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCHD-LP (Channel 49; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: IZZO LIVING TRUST)
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