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Charleston, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Charleston is the 2nd largest city in South Carolina with a population of 133,017 as of July 1, 2016. Charleston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Charleston is located at latitude 32.8179 and longitude -79.959 in Charleston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charleston (see map below) encompass a land area of 109.04 sq. miles and a water area of 18.51 sq. miles. Charleston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Charleston are located in Charleston County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Berkeley County.

The City of Charleston (GNIS ID: 2404030) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

South Carolina is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Charleston is located within Charleston Central Division of Charleston County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Charleston: Charles Town, Charles Towne, Charlestowne, Charlstoun, Charlstown.

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


Total Population 133,017
Population in Households 127,202
Population in Familes 86,137
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,815
Population Density1 1,220
Diversity Index2 47


Total Households 58,402
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 30,203
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 66,662 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 30,538 (45.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 27,864 (41.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 8,260 (12.4%)
Median Home Value $266,914
Average Home Value $375,454


Median Household Income $50,759
Average Household Income $74,800
Per Capita Income $33,071
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.6% 1.7%
Households 1.72% 1.82%
Families 1.81% 1.63%
Median Household Income   2.2%
Per Capita Income   1.95%
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.

Charleston, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Charleston 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 # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 91 77th
Diversity Index2 # 230 42nd
Median Household Income # 64 84th
Per Capita Income # 27 93rd

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