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North Charleston, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of North Charleston is the 3rd largest city in South Carolina with a population of 108,794 as of July 1, 2016. North Charleston ranks in the upper 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 North Charleston is located at latitude 32.9178 and longitude -80.065 in Charleston County. The formal boundaries for the City of North Charleston (see map below) encompass a land area of 73.4 sq. miles and a water area of 3.46 sq. miles. Charleston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 20 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of North Charleston are located in Charleston County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Dorchester County.

The City of North Charleston (GNIS ID: 2404391) 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 North Charleston is located within North Charleston Division of Charleston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with North Charleston 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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North Charleston, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 108,794
Population in Households 104,883
Population in Familes 80,084
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,911
Population Density1 1,482
Diversity Index2 69


Total Households 41,267
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 25,353
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 47,187 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,052 (40.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,215 (47.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,920 (12.5%)
Median Home Value $152,537
Average Home Value $176,912


Median Household Income $39,727
Average Household Income $52,658
Per Capita Income $20,503
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.75% 1.72%
Households 1.78% 1.8%
Families 1.56% 1.64%
Median Household Income   1.67%
Per Capita Income   1.63%
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 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 # 3 99th
Population Density1 # 58 86th
Diversity Index2 # 18 96th
Median Household Income # 167 58th
Per Capita Income # 179 55th

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