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North Charleston, South Carolina - Basic Facts

North Charleston is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of North Charleston.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Charleston County at latitude 32.8546 and longitude -79.9748. Charleston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 20 feet.

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North Charleston, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 102,221
Population in Households 98,399
Population in Familes 75,090
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,822
Population Density1 1,397
Diversity Index2 70


Total Households 38,949
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 24,045
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 44,895 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,985 (40.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 20,964 (46.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,946 (13.2%)
Median Home Value $163,233
Average Home Value $186,302


Median Household Income $35,971
Average Household Income $48,106
Per Capita Income $18,573
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.13% 1.56%
Households 1.27% 1.66%
Families 1.06% 1.51%
Median Household Income   2.23%
Per Capita Income   2.01%
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.


North Charleston, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares North Charleston 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 # 3 99th
Population Density1 # 61 85th
Diversity Index2 # 14 97th
Median Household Income # 204 49th
Per Capita Income # 203 49th

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