Laurel Bay, SC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Laurel Bay, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Laurel Bay Census Designated Place had a population of 6,176 as of July 1, 2015. Laurel Bay ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Laurel Bay is located at latitude 32.46 and longitude -80.7866 in Beaufort County. 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. Beaufort County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 36 feet.

The Laurel Bay Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2403222) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

South Carolina is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Laurel Bay Census Designated Place is located within Beaufort-Port Royal Division of Beaufort County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Laurel Bay population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Laurel Bay, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 6,176
Population in Households 6,176
Population in Familes 5,710
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,373
Diversity Index2 57


Total Households 2,074
Average Household Size 2.98
Family Households 1,773
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,355 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 560 (23.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,514 (64.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 281 (11.9%)
Median Home Value $120,380
Average Home Value $159,808


Median Household Income $43,543
Average Household Income $52,281
Per Capita Income $17,658
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.9% 1.47%
Households 1.3% 1.68%
Families 1.27% 1.62%
Median Household Income   3.24%
Per Capita Income   2.85%
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, 2015 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 # 84 79th
Population Density1 # 65 84th
Diversity Index2 # 74 81st
Median Household Income # 103 74th
Per Capita Income # 254 36th

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