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 6,596 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Laurel Bay, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 6,596
Daytime Population: Workers 1,616
Daytime Population: Residents 4,005
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,621
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.85
Population in Households 6,596
Population in Familes 6,094
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,539
Diversity Index3 56


Median Household Income $48,300
Average Household Income $57,634
Per Capita Income $19,001


Total Housing Units 2,380 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 611 (25.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,554 (65.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 215 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $168,325
Average Home Value $207,316


Total Households 2,165
Average Household Size 3.05
Family Households 1,843
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.57% 1.65%
Households 1.54% 1.75%
Families 1.46% 1.69%
Median Household Income   1.78%
Per Capita Income   3.02%

Laurel Bay, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Laurel Bay to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 83 79th
Population Density # 52 87th
Diversity Index # 95 76th
Median Household Income # 106 73rd
Per Capita Income # 253 36th

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