Folly Beach, South Carolina

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Population in 2017: 2,726 (94% urban, 6% rural).
Population change since 2000: +28.8%
Males: 1,433  (52.6%)
Females: 1,293  (47.4%)
Median resident age:

45.7 years
South Carolina median age:

39.4 years

Zip codes: 29439.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $89,423 (it was $46,935 in 2000)
Folly Beach:

$89,423
SC:

$50,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $56,058 (it was $30,493 in 2000)

Folly Beach city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $698,456 (it was $270,800 in 2000)
Folly Beach:

$698,456
SC:

$161,800

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $432,214; detached houses: $462,389; townhouses or other attached units: $274,503; in 2-unit structures: $419,697; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $237,624; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $482,976; mobile homes: $59,685

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,111.

March 2019 cost of living index in Folly Beach: 98.0 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 4.3%
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  • Races in Folly Beach, SC (2010)
    • 2,48995.1%White alone
    • 451.7%Hispanic
    • 391.5%Black alone
    • 200.8%Two or more races
    • 120.5%Asian alone
    • 80.3%American Indian alone
    • 30.1%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 10.04%Other race alone

Races in Folly Beach detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Crime rates in Folly Beach by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2012

2013

2014

2015

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
5
(218.2)
2
(87.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(127.2)
3
(122.7)
5
(199.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(37.0)
3
(109.9)
3
(108.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
3
(130.9)
0
(0.0)
2
(85.5)
0
(0.0)
4
(163.6)
2
(79.6)
1
(37.0)
1
(37.0)
1
(36.6)
1
(36.1)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
11
(480.1)
13
(565.7)
4
(171.0)
12
(508.7)
15
(613.5)
7
(278.8)
7
(259.3)
14
(518.1)
8
(293.0)
4
(144.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
28
(1,222)
20
(870.3)
20
(855.1)
29
(1,229)
40
(1,636)
13
(517.7)
37
(1,370)
27
(999.3)
16
(586.1)
24
(866.7)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
130
(5,674)
204
(8,877)
168
(7,183)
168
(7,122)
174
(7,117)
176
(7,009)
64
(2,370)
114
(4,219)
63
(2,308)
77
(2,781)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
5
(218.2)
14
(609.2)
15
(641.3)
12
(508.7)
11
(449.9)
6
(238.9)
0
(0.0)
7
(259.1)
8
(293.0)
5
(180.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(42.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(40.9)
1
(39.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(37.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)639.9647.5458.3615.1705.1574.7253.7403.8314.3312.7

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City-data.com crime index in Folly Beach, SC

Crime rate in Folly Beach detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 30 (18 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.55
South Carolina average:

2.48
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Ancestries: American (58.5%), German (7.4%), Irish (7.0%), English (5.4%), Russian (3.4%), Scottish (2.1%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 10 feet

Land area: 12.3 square miles.

Population density: 222 people per square mile   (very low).

Folly Beach, South Carolina map

24 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.9%
South Carolina:

4.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,859 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,452 (0.2%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Charleston, SC (8.9 miles , pop. 96,650).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (183.0 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (573.0 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

James Island, SC (2.2 miles ),
Johns Island, SC (2.9 miles ),
Charleston, SC (3.0 miles ),
Sullivan's Island, SC (3.0 miles ),
Kiawah Island, SC (3.2 miles ),
Mount Pleasant, SC (3.5 miles ),
Isle of Palms, SC (3.7 miles ),
Bear Swamp, SC (3.7 miles )

Latitude: 32.67 N, Longitude: 79.94 W

Area code: 843

Distribution of median household income in Folly Beach, SC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Folly Beach, SC in 2017
Folly Beach satellite photo by USGS

Folly Beach tourist attractions:

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 18 buildings, average cost: $131,800
  • 1998: 22 buildings, average cost: $200,800
  • 1999: 39 buildings, average cost: $183,700
  • 2000: 35 buildings, average cost: $184,900
  • 2001: 22 buildings, average cost: $209,500
  • 2002: 15 buildings, average cost: $295,300
  • 2003: 20 buildings, average cost: $264,000
  • 2004: 32 buildings, average cost: $286,200
  • 2005: 21 buildings, average cost: $363,700
  • 2006: 34 buildings, average cost: $371,400
  • 2007: 88 buildings, average cost: $281,000
  • 2008: 7 buildings, average cost: $276,000
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $579,400
  • 2010: 3 buildings, average cost: $491,300
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $773,500
  • 2012: 5 buildings, average cost: $693,300
  • 2013: 19 buildings, average cost: $365,100
  • 2014: 17 buildings, average cost: $356,000
  • 2015: 10 buildings, average cost: $349,800
  • 2016: 13 buildings, average cost: $452,700
  • 2017: 20 buildings, average cost: $426,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Folly Beach, SC residents
Average permit cost in Folly Beach, SC
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.8%
South Carolina:

3.3%
Population change in the 1990s: +709 (+50.4%).
Most common industries in Folly Beach, SC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (13.7%)
  • Health care (10.5%)
  • Educational services (9.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (8.5%)
  • Construction (6.9%)
  • Public administration (5.9%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (4.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (12.9%)
  • Construction (12.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (10.6%)
  • Public administration (5.4%)
  • Health care (5.1%)
  • Educational services (5.1%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (4.8%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (16.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (14.5%)
  • Educational services (14.2%)
  • Public administration (6.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.1%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (5.0%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.6%)
Most common occupations in Folly Beach, SC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4.5%)
  • Registered nurses (3.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.7%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (2.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (10.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.8%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3.4%)
  • Engineers (2.8%)
  • Lawyers (2.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (2.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Registered nurses (8.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.8%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.1%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.5%)

Average climate in Folly Beach, South Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI NO2 SO2 Ozone PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 55.4. This is better than average.

City:

55.4
U.S.:

74.2
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 6.16. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.16
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.369. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 4.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.369
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2004 was 23.2. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 16.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

23.2
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 7.45. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.45
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2011 was 0.00361. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 4.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00361
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Folly Beach-area historical tornado activity is significantly below South Carolina state average. It is 58% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/11/1960, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 9.6 miles away from the Folly Beach city 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 9.5 miles away from the city center injured 2 people and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Folly Beach-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 20.1 miles away from the city 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 18.1 miles away from Folly Beach 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 28.5 miles away from Folly Beach center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 169.4 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 20.8 miles away from Folly Beach center
On 11/8/2002 at 13:29:03, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 2.4 mi) earthquake occurred 16.9 miles away from Folly Beach center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Charleston County (13) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 6, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Tropical Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Folly Beach topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Folly Beach:

  • CAMP ICF/MR (Hospital, about 5 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • DCI JAMES ISLAND (Dialysis Facility, about 5 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • PHC HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • ROPER HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 9 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • MUSC MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 9 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • CHARLESTON VA MEDICAL CENTER (Hospital, Acute Care - Veterans Administration, about 9 miles away; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • HERMINA TRAEYE MEMORIAL NSG HOME (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; JOHNS ISLAND, SC)

Amtrak station near Folly Beach:

  • 15 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 Folly Beach:

  • College of Charleston (about 9 miles; Charleston, SC; Full-time enrollment: 10,974)
  • Medical University of South Carolina (about 9 miles; Charleston, SC; FT enrollment: 2,138)
  • Citadel Military College of South Carolina (about 10 miles; Charleston, SC; FT enrollment: 3,683)
  • Trident Technical College (about 19 miles; Charleston, SC; FT enrollment: 13,125)
  • Charleston Southern University (about 24 miles; Charleston, SC; FT enrollment: 3,012)
  • South Carolina State University (about 79 miles; Orangeburg, SC; FT enrollment: 3,481)
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (about 79 miles; Savannah, GA; FT enrollment: 9,964)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Folly Beach: Mariners Cay Racquet and Yacht Club (A), Folly Beach Library (B), Folly Beach Fire Department (C), Folly Beach Police Department (D), Folly Beach Town Hall (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Second Sister Creek (A), Robbins Creek (B), Rat Island Creek (C), Oak Island Creek (D), Lighthouse Creek (E), King Flats Creek (F), Green Creek (G), Cole Creek (H), Block Island Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: CAPT Jack's Charters (Tours & Charters; 605 East Artic Avenue) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Hotels: Holliday Inn of Folly Beach (116 West Ashley Avenue) (1), Holiday Inn (1 Center Street) (2), Blue Heron Inn (122 East Arctic Avenue) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Court: Folly Beach City - Municipal Court (21 Center Street) (1). Display/hide its approximate 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

Drinking water stations with addresses in Folly Beach that have no violations reported:

  • FOLLY BEACH CITY OF (1010005) (Population served: 4,017, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
Average household size:
This city:

1.9 people
South Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

47.0%
Whole state:

67.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.2%
Whole state:

6.0%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.1% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Folly Beach:

Marital status in Folly Beach, SC
  • Never married: 33.0%
  • Now married: 53.6%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 2.2%
  • Divorced: 11.1%

For population 25 years and over in Folly Beach:

  • High school or higher: 97.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 63.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 18.8%
  • Unemployed: 3.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.8
South Carolina average:

11.6

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Folly Beach
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Folly Beach, SC (based on Charleston County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant77,602223
Mainline Protestant47,209106
Black Protestant37,531103
Catholic26,00319
Other8,68824
Orthodox8502
None152,326-
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. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 88
This 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.
South Carolina:

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

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

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

4.08 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

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

11.44 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

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

8.8%
State:

10.6%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

25.5%
South Carolina:

29.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Charleston County:

13.7%
South Carolina:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

53.3%
South Carolina:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Folly Beach:

54.5%
State:

45.1%

Average BMI:
Folly Beach:

28.3
South Carolina:

29.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

20.3%
South Carolina:

20.8%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

7.0%
State:

11.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Folly Beach:

34.4%
State:

34.4%

General health condition:
Folly Beach:

61.7%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Folly Beach:

81.0%
State:

79.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Folly Beach, SC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 9$25,425$33,9000$0
Solid Waste Management 9$18,691$24,9210$0
Other Government Administration 5$16,187$38,8498$1,270
Police - Other 3$8,511$34,0440$0
Other and Unallocable 2$6,987$41,9220$0
Water Supply 2$4,640$27,8400$0
Financial Administration 1$4,665$55,9800$0
Firefighters 1$3,066$36,79218$8,963
Judicial and Legal 0$0 4$1,462
Sewerage 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 32$88,172$33,06530$11,695

Folly Beach government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $1,570,000 ($575.94)
    Central Staff Services: $1,509,000 ($553.56)
    Water Utilities: $932,000 ($341.89)
    Sewerage: $758,000 ($278.06)
    Solid Waste Management: $591,000 ($216.80)
    Local Fire Protection: $470,000 ($172.41)
    General - Other: $250,000 ($91.71)
    Financial Administration: $188,000 ($68.97)
    General Public Buildings: $176,000 ($64.56)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $42,000 ($15.41)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $65,000 ($23.84)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,128,000 ($780.63)

Folly Beach government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $677,000 ($248.35)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $765,000 ($280.63)
    Fines and Forfeits: $737,000 ($270.36)
    Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($2.57)
    Donations From Private Sources: $6,000 ($2.20)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,106,000 ($405.72)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $62,000 ($22.74)
  • Tax - Property: $2,110,000 ($774.03)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,617,000 ($593.18)

Folly Beach government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,543,000 ($932.87)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,320,000 ($851.06)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $223,000 ($81.80)

Folly Beach government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,722,000 ($2832.72)

10.03% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($77,301 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.03%
South Carolina average:

7.95%

0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($563 average AGI)
Charleston County:

0.07%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Berkeley County, SC  1.34% ($47,379 average AGI)
from Dorchester County, SC  1.15% ($48,749)
from Richland County, SC  0.23% ($96,422)


8.90% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($53,354 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.90%
South Carolina average:

6.98%

0.11% of residents moved to foreign countries ($740 average AGI)
Charleston County:

0.11%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Berkeley County, SC  1.80% ($48,320 average AGI)
to Dorchester County, SC  1.33% ($39,941)
to Richland County, SC  0.19% ($42,032)

Strongest AM radio stations in Folly Beach:

  • WIQB (1050 AM; 25 kW; CONWAY, SC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WSCC (730 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WTMA (1250 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WXTC (1390 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • WQTK (950 AM; 10 kW; MONCKS CORNER, SC; Owner: KIRKMAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WQSC (1340 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: KIRKMAN BROADCASTING, INC,)
  • WQNT (1450 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: KIRKMAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCEO (840 AM; daytime; 50 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)
  • WBAJ (890 AM; daytime; 50 kW; BLYTHEWOOD, SC; Owner: FAMILY FIRST)
  • WZJY (1480 AM; 1 kW; MOUNT PLEASANT, SC; Owner: LEVAS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WTMZ (910 AM; 1 kW; DORCHESTER TERR.-BRE, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQIZ (810 AM; daytime; 5 kW; ST. GEORGE, SC; Owner: RADIO PROPERTIES, LLC)
  • WOKV (690 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Folly Beach:

  • WSSX-FM (95.1 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WXLY (102.5 FM; NORTH CHARLESTON, 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.)
  • WEZL (103.5 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WRFQ (104.5 FM; MOUNT PLEASANT, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WSUY (96.9 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WAVF (96.1 FM; HANAHAN, SC; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSCI (89.3 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • W205BJ (88.9 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • W220CN (91.9 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WALC (100.5 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WMGL (101.7 FM; RAVENEL, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWWZ (93.3 FM; SUMMERVILLE, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WFCH (88.5 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WJZX (99.7 FM; HOLLYWOOD, SC; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING, 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)
  • WJWJ-FM (89.9 FM; BEAUFORT, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WYFH (90.7 FM; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Folly Beach:

  • 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)
  • WMMP (Channel 36; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: WMMP LICENSEE L.P.)
  • WTAT-TV (Channel 24; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: WTAT LICENSEE, LLC)
  • W21BX (Channel 21; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WJEA-LP (Channel 12; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CHARLES S. NAMEY)
  • WJRB-LP (Channel 18; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: RAUL INFANTE, JR.)
  • WCHD-LP (Channel 49; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: IZZO LIVING TRUST)
  • WJWJ-TV (Channel 16; BEAUFORT, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WJNI-LP (Channel 57; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: THOMAS B. DANIELS)
  • WTBD-LP (Channel 22; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: THOMAS B. DANIELS)
Folly Beach fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Folly Beach fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 36ft / 10.8mTotal length
  • 33,000Total average daily traffic
  • 1,320Total average daily truck traffic
  • 47,190Total future (year 2037) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Folly Beach)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

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  • 21 Center Street (Lat: 32.655611 Lon: -79.940778), Type: Mast, Structure height: 10.7 m, Overall height: 14.7 m, Call Sign: WPTK292,
    Assigned Frequencies: 1.61000 MHz, Grant Date: 10/18/2001, Expiration Date: 04/18/2002, Cancellation Date: 08/18/2002, Certifier: Toni W Connor, Registrant: Information Station Specialists, Zeeland, MI 49464, Phone: (616) 772-2300, Fax: (616) 772-2966, Email:
  • 21 Center Street (Lat: 32.655611 Lon: -79.940778), Type: Mast, Structure height: 10.7 m, Overall height: 14.7 m, Call Sign: WPUA399,
    Assigned Frequencies: 1.61000 MHz, Grant Date: 01/21/2012, Expiration Date: 01/23/2022, Certifier: Toni W Connor, Registrant: Business Radio Licensing, 30251 Golden Lantern, Suite E #501, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, Phone: (949) 348-8510, Fax: (949) 348-8514, Email:
  • 510 Erie Avenue (Lat: 32.660944 Lon: -79.931611), Type: Tank, Structure height: 40.5 m, Call Sign: WQPF916,
    Assigned Frequencies: 4980.00 MHz, Grant Date: 05/07/2012, Expiration Date: 05/07/2022, Certifier: William Tunick, Registrant: L.R. Kimball, 328 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803, Phone: (814) 867-4566, Fax: (814) 867-4522, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

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  • FOLLY BEACH, 510 E. Erie Avenue (Lat: 32.660694 Lon: -79.931667), Type: Tank, Structure height: 35.1 m, Call Sign: WPYX538,
    Assigned Frequencies: 5945.20 MHz, Grant Date: 11/24/2003, Expiration Date: 11/24/2013, Cancellation Date: 08/05/2004, Certifier: Stanley C Thompson, Registrant: Bellsouth Telecommunications Incorporated, 22j64 Bsc 675 West Peachtree St., Ne, Atlanta, GA 30375, Phone: (404) 927-2692, Fax: (404) 522-7665, Email:
  • FOLLY BEACH, Lat: 32.657222 Lon: -79.941944, Call Sign: WQEI914,
    Assigned Frequencies: 956.318 MHz, Grant Date: 02/07/2006, Expiration Date: 02/07/2016, Cancellation Date: 04/09/2016, Certifier: Steve Robinson, Registrant: Amco Water Metering Systems Inc, 1100 Sw 38th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474, Phone: (352) 369-6500, Fax: (352) 369-6581, Email:
  • Folly Beach, 510 East Erie Street (Lat: 32.660944 Lon: -79.931611), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 59.1 m, Overall height: 74.7 m, Call Sign: WQJQ528,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10755.0 MHz, 10795.0 MHz, Grant Date: 01/30/2019, Expiration Date: 11/25/2028, Certifier: Christopher L Harris, Registrant: Conterra Ultra Broadband, LLC, 2101 Rexford Rd Ste 200e, Charlotte, NC 28211, Phone: (704) 936-1777, Fax: (704) 936-1801, Email:

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

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  • 3a Mariners Cay Dr (Lat: 32.725167 Lon: -79.936472), Type: Building, Overall height: 12 m, Call Sign: WQZ333, Licensee ID: L00007571,
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.800 MHz, 156.425 MHz, 156.450 MHz, Grant Date: 07/12/1999, Expiration Date: 06/15/2004, Cancellation Date: 08/15/2004, Registrant: Mariners Cay Marina Inc, 3a Mariners Cay Dr, Folly Beach, SC 29439
  • 3a Mariners Cay Dr. (Lat: 32.725167 Lon: -79.936472), Type: Bant, Structure height: 12 m, Overall height: 18 m, Call Sign: WQFB634,
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.425 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.800 MHz, Grant Date: 06/08/2006, Expiration Date: 06/08/2016, Cancellation Date: 08/13/2016, Certifier: Gerald B Crosby, Registrant: Business Radio Licensing, 26941 Cabot Road #134, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, Phone: (949) 348-8510, Fax: (949) 348-8514
  • 3a Mariners Cay Dr. (Lat: 32.662722 Lon: -79.944778), Type: Bant, Structure height: 12 m, Overall height: 18 m, Call Sign: WQXY755,
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.425 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.800 MHz, Grant Date: 07/15/2016, Expiration Date: 07/15/2026, Certifier: Edward M Geiger Jr, Registrant: Business Radio Licensing, 30251 Golden Lantern Ste E #501, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-5993, Phone: (949) 348-8510, Fax: (949) 348-8514, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Folly Beach)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

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  • Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 120 mph), Engine: LYCOMING IO-360-A1B6D (200 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 1561H , Serial Number: 177RG0735, Year manufactured: 1975, Airworthiness Date: 05/14/1975, Certificate Issue Date: 11/17/2017
    Registrant (Corporation): Lens Art Studio Inc, 120 West Hudson St, Folly Beach, SC 29439
  • Aircraft: MOONEY INTERNATIONAL CORP M20V (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: CONT MOTOR TSIO-550-G (280 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 36AU , Serial Number: 33-0004, Year manufactured: 2018, Airworthiness Date: 02/21/2018, Certificate Issue Date: 03/16/2019
    Registrant (LLC): Eyc Companies LLC, Po Box 254, Folly Beach, SC 29439
  • Aircraft: LIBERTY AEROSPACE INCORPORATED LIBERTY XL-2 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: CONT MOTOR IOF-240-B (125 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 577XL , Serial Number: 0061, Year manufactured: 2007, Airworthiness Date: 04/13/2007, Certificate Issue Date: 12/18/2007
    Registrant (LLC): Xl2 Liberty LLC, Po Box 180, Folly Beach, SC 29439
  • Aircraft: MOONEY M20C (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 127 mph), Engine: LYCOMING O&VO-360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 2900L , Serial Number: 670063, Year manufactured: 1967, Airworthiness Date: 02/15/1967, Certificate Issue Date: 09/30/1988
    Registrant (Individual): Niall P Mays, Po Box 97, Folly Beach, SC 29439
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 02/13/2018

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
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 Value
LOANS ORIGINATED9$181,86654$307,978208$276,5353$161,32097$336,5520$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$174,5059$251,11717$302,9790$011$331,6800$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED5$166,77418$280,24686$334,8513$88,46334$414,0633$64,777
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$011$236,00646$263,8550$014$345,6641$127,130
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$04$515,63811$322,1681$55,5903$354,3930$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0020.03 , 0020.04

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2008
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED14$198,8504$296,0836$196,100
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$366,6604$249,5553$300,190
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$339,3503$369,1572$374,150
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0020.03 , 0020.04

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Folly Beach, SC
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Folly Beach, SC - Value

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 16. The highest number of reported fires - 33 took place in 2017, and the least - 2 in 2012. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Folly Beach, SC When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (42.2%), and Structure Fires (40.1%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Folly Beach, SC
    • 11742.2%Outside Fires
    • 11140.1%Structure Fires
    • 4315.5%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 62.2%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Folly Beach, SC
Most common first names in Folly Beach, SC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1867.9 years
Robert1674.9 years
James1070.5 years
Margaret1079.2 years
Edward970.1 years
Charles974.5 years
Joseph962.3 years
William963.1 years
George666.0 years
Mary672.7 years
Most common last names in Folly Beach, SC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson671.5 years
Knight577.0 years
Adams583.0 years
Smith571.6 years
Kelly471.8 years
Alexander476.0 years
Muckenfuss390.0 years
Hahn381.0 years
Leary361.0 years
Chubb365.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Folly Beach, SC
  • 59.8%Electricity
  • 31.7%Utility gas
  • 8.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Folly Beach, SC
  • 85.3%Electricity
  • 14.7%Utility gas


Folly Beach compared to South Carolina state average:

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

Folly Beach on our top lists:

  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Spain (population 500+)"
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  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations"
  • #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"
  • #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)"
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