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Isle of Palms, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Isle of Palms is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Charleston County at latitude 32.8039 and longitude -79.7523. Charleston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 0 feet.

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

The P1 Census Class Code for Isle of Palms 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 Isle of Palms (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.44 sq. miles and a water area of 1 sq. miles.

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Isle of Palms, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 4,310
Population in Households 4,310
Population in Familes 3,532
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 972
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 1,927
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 1,341
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,542 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,531 (33.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 396 ( 8.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,615 (57.6%)
Median Home Value $802,936
Average Home Value $836,741


Median Household Income $119,761
Average Household Income $154,026
Per Capita Income $68,865
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.99% 1.6%
Households 1.25% 1.7%
Families 1.08% 1.59%
Median Household Income   5.41%
Per Capita Income   4.16%
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.


Isle of Palms, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Isle of Palms 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 # 103 74th
Population Density1 # 133 67th
Diversity Index2 # 392 1st
Median Household Income # 3 99th
Per Capita Income # 4 99th

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