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Folly Beach, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Folly Beach is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Charleston County at latitude 32.6693 and longitude -79.9606. Charleston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Folly Beach, but most people and references simply refer to it as Folly Beach, South Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Folly Beach indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

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Folly Beach, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,715
Population in Households 2,714
Population in Familes 1,706
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density1 217
Diversity Index2 20


Total Households 1,432
Average Household Size 1.9
Family Households 712
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 2,547 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 837 (32.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 595 (23.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,115 (43.8%)
Median Home Value $467,730
Average Home Value $517,742


Median Household Income $55,154
Average Household Income $77,358
Per Capita Income $38,968
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.87% 1.56%
Households 1.17% 1.65%
Families 2.5% 1.42%
Median Household Income   2.59%
Per Capita Income   2.11%
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, 2014 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 # 315 21st
Diversity Index2 # 368 7th
Median Household Income # 31 92nd
Per Capita Income # 16 96th

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