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Shell Point, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Shell Point Census Designated Place had a population of 2,569 as of July 1, 2016. Shell Point ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Shell Point is located at latitude 32.3753 and longitude -80.7535 in Beaufort County. The formal boundaries for the Shell Point Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.92 sq. miles and a water area of 1.62 sq. miles. Beaufort County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 16 feet.

The Shell Point Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2402847) 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 Shell Point Census Designated Place is located within Beaufort-Port Royal Division of Beaufort County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shell Point population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Shell Point, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,569
Population in Households 2,569
Population in Familes 2,077
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 656
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 948
Average Household Size 2.71
Family Households 668
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,040 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 619 (59.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 329 (31.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 92 ( 8.8%)
Median Home Value $190,385
Average Home Value $231,855


Median Household Income $51,619
Average Household Income $62,535
Per Capita Income $22,874
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.64% 2.54%
Households 1.46% 2.43%
Families 0.89% 2.29%
Median Household Income   1.58%
Per Capita Income   1.97%
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.

Shell Point, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shell Point to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 153 62nd
Population Density1 # 201 49th
Diversity Index2 # 55 86th
Median Household Income # 56 86th
Per Capita Income # 114 71st

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