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James Island town, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of James Island had a population of 11,809 as of July 1, 2016. James Island town ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower 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 James Island town is located at latitude 32.731 and longitude -79.9679 in Charleston County. The formal boundaries for the Town of James Island (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles.

The Town of James Island (GNIS ID: 2743869) 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 ""

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

Beneath the boundary map are tables with James Island town 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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James Island town, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 11,809
Population in Households 11,767
Population in Familes 8,897
Population in Group Qrtrs 42
Population Density1 2,490
Diversity Index2 27


Total Households 4,913
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 3,067
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,233 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,698 (70.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,215 (23.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 320 ( 6.1%)
Median Home Value $275,000
Average Home Value $335,303


Median Household Income $63,756
Average Household Income $88,435
Per Capita Income $37,089
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.95% 1.35%
Households 1.04% 1.39%
Families 0.28% 1.23%
Median Household Income   2.17%
Per Capita Income   1.77%
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.

James Island town, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares James Island town 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 # 47 88th
Population Density1 # 10 98th
Diversity Index2 # 354 11th
Median Household Income # 21 95th
Per Capita Income # 19 95th

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