Folly Beach, SC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Folly Beach, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Folly Beach had a population of 2,762 as of July 1, 2015. Folly Beach ranks in the lower 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 Folly Beach is located at latitude 32.6693 and longitude -79.9606 in Charleston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Folly Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.51 sq. miles and a water area of 6.36 sq. miles. Charleston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The City of Folly Beach (GNIS ID: 2403628) 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 Folly Beach is located within James Island Division of Charleston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Folly Beach 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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Folly Beach, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 2,762
Population in Households 2,761
Population in Familes 1,734
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density1 221
Diversity Index2 19


Total Households 1,461
Average Household Size 1.89
Family Households 726
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 2,596 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 846 (32.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 615 (23.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,135 (43.7%)
Median Home Value $480,488
Average Home Value $544,267


Median Household Income $58,066
Average Household Income $74,004
Per Capita Income $37,251
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.03% 1.59%
Households 1.33% 1.66%
Families 2.4% 1.5%
Median Household Income   1.36%
Per Capita Income   2.67%
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.


Folly Beach, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Folly Beach 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 # 145 64th
Population Density1 # 314 21st
Diversity Index2 # 369 7th
Median Household Income # 33 92nd
Per Capita Income # 17 96th

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