Pawleys Island, SC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Pawleys Island, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Pawleys Island had a population of 118 as of July 1, 2016. Pawleys Island ranks in the lower 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 Pawleys Island is located at latitude 33.4281 and longitude -79.125 in Georgetown County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Pawleys Island (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.7 sq. miles and a water area of 0.29 sq. miles. Georgetown County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The Town of Pawleys Island (GNIS ID: 2407082) 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 Town of Pawleys Island is located within Waccamaw Neck Division of Georgetown County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Pawleys Island population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Pawleys Island: Pawley's Island.

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Pawleys Island, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 118
Population in Households 118
Population in Familes 83
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 168
Diversity Index2 8


Total Households 67
Average Household Size 1.76
Family Households 36
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 624 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 48 ( 7.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 20 ( 3.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 557 (89.3%)
Median Home Value $383,333
Average Home Value $536,979


Median Household Income $59,156
Average Household Income $87,181
Per Capita Income $46,981
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.2% 1.64%
Households 2.33% 2.01%
Families 1.4% 2.13%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   2.12%
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.

Pawleys Island, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pawleys Island 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 # 377 5th
Population Density1 # 340 14th
Diversity Index2 # 390 2nd
Median Household Income # 29 93rd
Per Capita Income # 8 98th

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