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Charleston County, South Carolina (SC)

County population in 2014: 381,015 (89% urban, 11% rural); it was 309,969 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 63,049
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 24,019
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 75,291
Renter-occupied apartments: 57,241 (it was 48,035 in 2000)
% of renters here:

39%
State:

31%

Land area: 919 sq. mi.

Water area: 439.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 415 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Charleston County: 95.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (27.5%), Educational, health and social services (12.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 25%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Charleston County, South Carolina:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (62.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (29.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (5.4%)
  • Asian alone (1.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
Median resident age:  35.0 years
South Carolina median age:  37.0 years
Males: 184,813  (48.5%)
Females: 196,202  (51.5%)
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Charleston County,SC real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Charleston County:

2.0 people
South Carolina:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $51,694 ($37,810 in 1999)

This county:

$51694
South Carolina:

$44163

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $798 (lower quartile is $605, upper quartile is $1,058)
This county:

$798
State:

$594


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $232,100 (it was $117,700 in 2000)
Charleston:

$232,100
South Carolina:

$139,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $141,600 - $415,400

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $394,385
Here:

$394,385
State:

$209,548

Townhouses or other attached units: $318,704
Here:

$318,704
State:

$171,462

In 2-unit structures: $349,442
Here:

$349,442
State:

$287,508

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $559,007
Here:

$559,007
State:

$221,248

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $293,916
Here:

$293,916
State:

$190,918

Mobile homes: $54,971
Here:

$54,971
State:

$71,666
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,521
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $481

Institutionalized population: 3,018

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 6
  • Rapes: 39
  • Robberies: 98
  • Assaults: 722
  • Burglaries: 817
  • Thefts: 1756
  • Auto thefts: 440

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 4
  • Rapes: 38
  • Robberies: 85
  • Assaults: 849
  • Burglaries: 745
  • Thefts: 1868
  • Auto thefts: 391
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Health of residents in Charleston County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
75.8% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
47.1% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
73.4% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
66.9% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 194 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 163 pounds. This is about average.
34.0% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 4284 buildings, average cost: $162,000
  • 2005: 4374 buildings, average cost: $201,300
  • 2006: 3958 buildings, average cost: $211,800
  • 2007: 2857 buildings, average cost: $220,600
  • 2008: 1761 buildings, average cost: $233,500
  • 2009: 1087 buildings, average cost: $180,900
  • 2010: 1181 buildings, average cost: $221,400
  • 2011: 1258 buildings, average cost: $237,800
  • 2012: 1613 buildings, average cost: $253,400
  • 2013: 2071 buildings, average cost: $245,500
  • 2014: 2088 buildings, average cost: $258,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,254 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $961 (0.5%)

Charleston County household income distribution in 2009 Charleston County home values distribution Charleston County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.4%
(10.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.6% for Black residents, 36.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 11.8% for American Indian residents, 36.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 26.9% for other race residents, 23.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.4%
Charleston County:

17.4%
South Carolina:

18.6%
(10.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.6% for Black residents, 35.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 7.1% for American Indian residents, 36.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 24.7% for other race residents, 25.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 36 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 37 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 39 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 30 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)

Area name: Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Charleston County is $586 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $663 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $864 a month.

Cities in this county include: Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, James Island, Ladson, Johns Island, Bear Swamp, Isle of Palms, Hollywood, Wadmalaw Island.

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

2012 air pollution in Charleston County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.00 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.030 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.1 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.001 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Georgetown County , Franklin County, Alabama , Lafayette County, Arkansas , Harrison County, Texas , Muscogee County, Georgia .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
South Carolina:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 25,683
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 30.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 11,124 (38% naturalized citizens)

Charleston County:

3.6%
Whole state:

2.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 4,006
  • 1990 to 1994: 1,848
  • 1985 to 1989: 1,170
  • 1980 to 1984: 935
  • 1975 to 1979: 632
  • 1970 to 1974: 582
  • 1970 to 1974: 492
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,459

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 89.6%

Charleston County marital status for males Charleston County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 82,286
  • One, attached: 6,868
  • Two: 6,214
  • 3 or 4: 8,959
  • 5 to 9: 11,824
  • 10 to 19: 6,205
  • 20 or more: 6,124
  • Mobile homes: 12,463
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 88

Housing units in Charleston County with a mortgage: 43,623 (5,722 second mortgage, 6,156 home equity loan, 250 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 17,938

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

66.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Charleston County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant77,602223
Mainline Protestant47,209106
Black Protestant37,531103
Catholic26,00319
Other8,68824
Orthodox8502
None152,326-
Charleston County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 88
Charleston County:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
Here:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 19
This 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.
South Carolina:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 393
This county:

11.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Charleston County:

8.8%
South Carolina:

10.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Charleston County:

25.5%
State:

29.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.7%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Charleston County:

Average size of farms: 114 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $43,329
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $3130.83
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 40.48%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 11.54%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $37,999
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 10.74%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 29.58%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $38,954
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.65%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.68
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.23%
Corn for grain: 453 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 121 harvested acres
Vegetables: 1,618 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 365 acres

Earthquake activity:

Charleston County-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 10.9 miles away from Charleston County 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 18.1 miles away from the county 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 28.2 miles away from the county center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 161.9 miles away from the county 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 10.5 miles away from Charleston County center
On 11/8/2002 at 13:29:03, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 2.4 mi) earthquake occurred 26.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • South CarolinaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3233): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3233, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South CarolinaTropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 6, 2004 to October 11, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1566): October 7, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1566, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • South CarolinaTropical Storm Gaston, Incident Period: August 28, 2004 to August 30, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1547): September 15, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1547, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • South CarolinaWinter Storms, Incident Period: January 22, 2000 to February 1, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1313): January 31, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1313, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • South CarolinaHurricane Floyd, Incident Period: September 14, 1999 to September 30, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1299): September 21, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1299, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South CarolinaHurricane Floyd, Incident Period: September 14, 1999 to September 25, 1999, Emergency Declared (EM-3145): September 15, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3145, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South CarolinaHURRICANE HUGO, Incident Period: September 21, 1989 to September 22, 1989, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-843): September 22, 1989, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-843, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South CarolinaDrought, Incident Period: August 4, 1977, Emergency Declared (EM-3047): August 4, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3047, Natural disaster type: Drought

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

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (22%)
  • United Kingdom (8%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • Philippines (6%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (4%)
  • India (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Charleston County (%):

  • United States or American (10%)
  • English (10%)
  • German (9%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Charleston County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 110,283 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 18,472 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,619 (2%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 61 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 24 (0%)
  • Railroad: 3 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 7 (0%)
  • Taxi: 837 (1%)
  • Motorcycle: 219 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 949 (1%)
  • Walked: 5,056 (4%)
  • Other means: 1,537 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 3,854 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Charleston County, South Carolina in 2000:

  • 5,044 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,446 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 1,391 people in nursing homes
  • 1,383 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 513 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 288 people in other group homes
  • 262 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 218 people in state prisons
  • 176 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 117 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 103 people in military ships
  • 87 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 73 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 59 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 53 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 37 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 31 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 29 people in crews of maritime vessels
  • 26 people in religious group quarters
  • 19 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 17 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 16 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents
  • 6 people in halfway houses
  • 4 people in homes for the mentally retarded

People in group quarters in Charleston County, South Carolina in 2010:

  • 5,875 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,610 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 1,134 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 482 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 227 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 216 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 183 people in military ships
  • 174 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 168 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 69 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 56 people in maritime/merchant vessels
  • 38 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 34 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 31 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 19 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 15 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $57,244.

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%

4.26% relocated from other counties in South Carolina ($16,218 average AGI)
5.45% relocated from other states ($30,685 average AGI)
Charleston County:

5.45%
South Carolina average:

3.58%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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)
from Greenville County, SC  0.17% ($38,440)
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.17% ($54,096)
from Horry County, SC  0.16% ($37,626)
from Lexington County, SC  0.15% ($110,985)


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%

4.15% relocated to other counties in South Carolina ($16,618 average AGI)
4.34% relocated to other states ($22,583 average AGI)
Charleston County:

4.34%
South Carolina average:

3.18%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


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)
to Mecklenburg County, NC  0.15% ($38,403)
to Greenville County, SC  0.13% ($43,958)
to Lexington County, SC  0.10% ($36,367)
to Fulton County, GA  0.09% ($40,858)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.5
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.8

Births per 1000 population in Charleston County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Charleston County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 6.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Charleston County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 19.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 7.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Charleston County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Charleston County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 46,486 (38,159 aged, 8,327 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 9,466 (11%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Charleston County, South Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2805)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2417)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1804)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1715)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1577)
  • Unspecified dementia (1570)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1434)
  • Congestive heart failure (824)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (735)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (721)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.45
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 24476.84
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 483.840
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 71960.02

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1468.060
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 833.010
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9.08

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 60.04
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 99.59

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16.65

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 102.5. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 75.8
  • Other - 26.7

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 108.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 59.6
  • Poisoning - 18.8
  • Suffocation - 18.8
  • Other - 11.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 339,878
  • In family households: 260,825 (52,732 male householders, 32,960 female householders)
    58,381 spouses, 86,929 children (81,693 natural, 2,087 adopted, 3,149 stepchildren), 9,294 grandchildren, 4,579 brothers or sisters, 2,489 parents, 4,937 other relatives, 7,104 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 79,053 (26,920 male householders (18,842 living alone)), 31,697 female householders (24,643 living alone)), 20,436 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 10,331 (3,018 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 39,447 2-persons, 20,301 3-persons, 15,376 4-persons, 6,631 5-persons, 2,400 6-persons, 1,537 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 43,485 1-person, 11,557 2-persons, 2,477 3-persons, 774 4-persons, 197 5-persons, 72 6-persons, 55 7-or-more-persons.

39,884 married couples with children.
23,388 single-parent households (3,063 men, 20,325 women).

93.6% of residents of Charleston County speak English at home.
3.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (55% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 11% don't speak English at all).
2.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (50% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (85% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 2% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $4,020,289,000 ($12303 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,450,678,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $992,383,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $373,111,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,206,000
Federal grants: $566,551,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,235,567,000 ($639,074,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $846,471,000 ($625,894,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $115,810,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $110,966,000
Federal Government insurance: $10,694,895,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 24,704
Here:

75 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 14,603
Here:

44 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +3,395
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+9 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +7,252
Here:

+22 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Charleston County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 6.35 millions of gallons per day (97% from ground, 3% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 2,966
  • 2000 to 2004: 38,356
  • 1990 to 1999: 25,893
  • 1980 to 1989: 27,504
  • 1970 to 1979: 28,186
  • 1960 to 1969: 18,045
  • 1950 to 1959: 13,657
  • 1940 to 1949: 8,049
  • 1939 or earlier: 12,085
Rooms in houses/apartments in Charleston County, South Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 38
  • 2 rooms: 353
  • 3 rooms: 2,356
  • 4 rooms: 5,370
  • 5 rooms: 14,542
  • 6 rooms: 19,046
  • 7 rooms: 15,283
  • 8 rooms: 9,782
  • 9+ rooms: 8,521
  • 1 room: 1,240
  • 2 rooms: 4,163
  • 3 rooms: 8,545
  • 4 rooms: 14,169
  • 5 rooms: 10,186
  • 6 rooms: 5,962
  • 7 rooms: 2,371
  • 8 rooms: 965
  • 9+ rooms: 434
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Charleston County, South Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 176
  • 1 bedroom: 1,634
  • 2 bedrooms: 12,783
  • 3 bedrooms: 42,975
  • 4 bedrooms: 14,728
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2,995
  • no bedroom: 1,480
  • 1 bedroom: 11,430
  • 2 bedrooms: 20,997
  • 3 bedrooms: 12,091
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,826
  • 5+ bedrooms: 211
Cars and other vehicles available in Charleston County, South Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 4,422
  • 1 vehicle: 23,969
  • 2 vehicles: 34,515
  • 3 vehicles: 9,588
  • 4 vehicles: 2,067
  • 5+ vehicles: 730
  • no vehicle: 10,226
  • 1 vehicle: 22,368
  • 2 vehicles: 12,478
  • 3 vehicles: 2,438
  • 4 vehicles: 314
  • 5+ vehicles: 211

51% of Charleston County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 53% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 31% lived in South Carolina.

Charleston County:

50.6%
State average:

56.8%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 180348
  • Northeast: 31938
  • Midwest: 20531
  • South: 55494
  • West: 7621

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $108,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Charleston County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (61.9%)
  • Utility gas (29.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.1%)
  • Wood (0.5%)
  • Electricity (68.7%)
  • Utility gas (27.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 5,135
Here:

15.0%
South Carolina:

9.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2,545
Here:

15.4%
South Carolina:

8.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 4,597
Here:

21.9%
South Carolina:

20.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Charleston County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Solid Waste Management: $10,281,000
    Central Staff Services: $6,202,000
    Regular Highways: $5,403,000
    Health - Other: $297,000
    Correctional Institutions: $257,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $59,000
    Parks and Recreation: $10,000
  • Current Operations - Solid Waste Management: $31,391,000
    Correctional Institutions: $24,826,000
    Police Protection: $24,135,000
    Central Staff Services: $19,961,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,023,000
    Regular Highways: $13,766,000
    Health - Other: $13,298,000
    Libraries: $12,301,000
    Financial Administration: $11,853,000
    General Public Buildings: $11,678,000
    Hospitals: $9,627,000
    Local Fire Protection: $9,093,000
    General - Other: $8,221,000
    Transit Utilities: $7,549,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $4,993,000
    Parks and Recreation: $4,591,000
    Sewerage: $3,801,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,611,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,281,000
    Parking Facilities: $1,039,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $809,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $11,275,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Other Higher Education: $4,939,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,718,000
    Sewerage: $1,079,000
    Local Fire Protection: $241,000
    Parks and Recreation: $198,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Judicial and Legal Services: $2,200,000
    Health - Other: $1,328,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $4,005,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,916,000
    Police Protection: $1,812,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,491,000
    Financial Administration: $1,062,000
    Health - Other: $407,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $269,000
    Parking Facilities: $223,000
    Central Staff Services: $113,000
    Hospitals: $54,000
    Correctional Institutions: $13,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $110,379,000

Charleston County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $46,972,000
    Solid Waste Management: $33,959,000
    Parks and Recreation: $9,258,000
    Hospital Public: $3,808,000
    Sewerage: $3,509,000
    Parking Facilities: $2,066,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $8,131,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,752,000
    Health and Hospitals: $980,000
    Highways: $18,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Sewerage: $1,405,000
    All Other: $904,000
    Highways: $208,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $10,400,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $9,290,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $5,163,000
    Sale of Property: $832,000
    Rents: $825,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $585,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $14,603,000
    Highways: $5,741,000
    All Other: $5,149,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,074,000
    Public Welfare: $1,836,000
  • Tax - Property: $114,898,000
    Other Selective Sales: $13,422,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $10,033,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $8,280,000
    Public Utility License: $3,964,000

Charleston County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $326,342,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $314,047,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $287,137,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $235,454,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $67,741,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,058,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $12,295,000

Charleston County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $82,709,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $156,303,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $335,812,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 7,265
  • Number of aged recipients: 765
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 6,500
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,251
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 4,332
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,682
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,763
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 3,079
Charleston County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Charleston County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 77 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,458$192,8222,447$300,9429,477$260,920292$121,02722$1,140,2732,035$359,49758$86,793
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED64$189,641160$301,438660$235,25925$150,4401$7,480,000147$288,32714$73,429
APPLICATIONS DENIED290$163,548483$265,6983,544$275,622189$95,1752$221,500677$364,98579$84,367
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN180$196,522403$286,4592,144$253,97945$129,1563$25,096,667389$319,90223$112,348
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS31$172,51688$330,716522$253,56318$143,1110$090$282,8114$140,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2008
(Based on 71 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,040$209,663375$222,472198$174,8282$133,500
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED333$245,036191$223,02668$212,6321$105,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED97$208,07257$249,80750$196,2000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN62$237,16134$236,88221$186,0001$55,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS26$235,26919$286,3688$261,0001$112,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Charleston County, SC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2,03471.6 years
James1,99769.8 years
William1,98871.8 years
Mary1,84777.1 years
Robert1,25170.2 years
Charles93571.1 years
George91472.8 years
Joseph88472.1 years
Henry71072.1 years
Margaret70177.2 years
Most common last names in Charleston County, SC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Brown1,35970.9 years
Smith91573.0 years
Williams70371.3 years
Johnson70072.2 years
Simmons61471.3 years
Green55171.4 years
Jones52872.2 years
White47670.8 years
Jenkins43772.3 years
Washington42371.5 years
Businesses in Charleston County, SC
NameCountNameCount
ALDO1JCPenney1
AMF Bowling1Jimmy John's1
AT&T6JoS. A. Bank2
Abercrombie & Fitch1Johnny Rockets1
Ace Hardware8Jones New York7
Advance Auto Parts10Journeys2
Aeropostale1Just Tires2
American Eagle Outfitters3Justice1
Ann Taylor4KFC11
Apple Store1Kincaid2
Applebee's4Kmart3
Arby's9Kohl's1
Ashley Furniture1La Quinta2
Audi1Lane Bryant2
AutoZone7Lane Furniture5
BMW1LensCrafters1
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill1Levi Strauss & Co.1
Banana Republic3Little Caesars Pizza6
Barnes & Noble2Lowe's5
Baskin-Robbins1MainStay1
Bath & Body Works3Marriott10
Bebe1Marshalls2
Bed Bath & Beyond2MasterBrand Cabinets13
Ben & Jerry's2McDonald's22
Best Western5Men's Wearhouse3
Blockbuster9Motel 62
Brooks Brothers1Motherhood Maternity2
Brookstone1New Balance8
Budget Car Rental2New York & Co1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Nike24
Burger King17Nissan1
CVS25Office Depot2
Cache2Old Navy2
CarMax1On The Border1
Casual Male XL1Outback2
Catherines1Outback Steakhouse2
Charlotte Russe1Panera Bread2
Chevrolet3Papa John's Pizza7
Chick-Fil-A10Payless2
Chico's3Penske3
Chuck E. Cheese's1PetSmart2
Church's Chicken5Pier 1 Imports2
Circle K10Pizza Hut14
Clarion1Popeyes2
Clarks1Pottery Barn1
Cold Stone Creamery1Publix Super Markets10
Coldwater Creek1Qdoba Mexican Grill2
Comfort Inn1Quality4
Comfort Suites3Quiznos4
Costco1RadioShack6
Cricket Wireless17Red Lobster1
Curves4Red Roof Inn1
DHL7Rite Aid11
Dairy Queen1Rodeway Inn2
Days Inn4Ruby Tuesday3
Decora Cabinetry2Rue211
Dennys1Ryan's Grill1
Domino's Pizza5Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
DressBarn1SAS Shoes1
Dressbarn1SONIC Drive-In5
Dunkin Donuts15Sam's Club1
Econo Lodge2Sears7
Eddie Bauer1Shoe Carnival1
Ethan Allen1Skechers USA2
Express1Sleep Inn4
Extended Stay America2Sprint Nextel6
Famous Footwear1Staples3
FedEx102Starbucks15
Finish Line1Subway22
Firestone Complete Auto Care6T-Mobile21
Foot Locker1T.G.I. Driday's1
Ford3T.J.Maxx2
Forever 211Taco Bell11
GNC8Talbots5
GameStop6Target2
Gap3The Athlete's Foot1
Goodwill3The Limited1
Gymboree2The Room Place3
H&R Block18Tire Kingdom3
Hardee's10Toyota1
Havertys Furniture1Toys"R"Us2
Haworth1Trader Joe's1
Hawthorn1True Value6
Hilton12U-Haul23
Holiday Inn8UPS92
Hollister Co.1Urban Outfitters1
Home Depot1Vans5
Homestead Studio Suites1Verizon Wireless4
Honda1Victoria's Secret3
Hyatt1Volkswagen2
Hyundai1Waffle House9
IHOP4Walgreens9
IZOD1Walmart7
InTown Suites2Wet Seal1
J. Jill1Whole Foods Market1
J.Crew2YMCA1

Charleston County on our top lists:

  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #71 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"