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Laurel Bay, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Laurel Bay Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Beaufort County at latitude 32.46 and longitude -80.7866. Beaufort County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 36 feet.

The formal official name is the Laurel Bay Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Laurel Bay, South Carolina.

The U5 Census Class Code for Laurel Bay indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Laurel Bay Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.28 sq. miles and a water area of 0.89 sq. miles.

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Laurel Bay, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 6,034
Population in Households 6,034
Population in Familes 5,582
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,341
Diversity Index2 60


Total Households 2,023
Average Household Size 2.98
Family Households 1,729
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,295 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 547 (23.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,476 (64.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 272 (11.9%)
Median Home Value $123,848
Average Home Value $159,346


Median Household Income $41,565
Average Household Income $52,593
Per Capita Income $17,713
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.57% 1.37%
Households 1.02% 1.6%
Families 0.98% 1.56%
Median Household Income   1.79%
Per Capita Income   1.71%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Laurel Bay, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Laurel Bay to the other 395 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 85 79th
Population Density1 # 69 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 53 87th
Median Household Income # 112 72nd
Per Capita Income # 248 37th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.