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Port Royal, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Port Royal had a population of 12,388 as of July 1, 2017. Port Royal ranks in the upper 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 Port Royal is located at latitude 32.3555 and longitude -80.7005 in Beaufort County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Port Royal (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.99 sq. miles and a water area of 3.07 sq. miles. Beaufort County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 23 feet.

The Town of Port Royal (GNIS ID: 2407149) 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 Port Royal is located within Beaufort-Port Royal Division of Beaufort County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Port Royal population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Port Royal: Port Royall, Saint Ellens.

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Port Royal, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 12,388
Daytime Population: Workers 8,052
Daytime Population: Residents 4,644
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 12,696
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.02
Population in Households 8,968
Population in Familes 7,061
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,420
Population Density2 652
Diversity Index3 57


Median Household Income $48,785
Average Household Income $62,604
Per Capita Income $22,538


Total Housing Units 4,198 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,588 (37.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,146 (51.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 464 (11.1%)
Median Home Value $195,143
Average Home Value $269,884


Total Households 3,734
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 2,354
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.05% 1.53%
Households 2.9% 2.09%
Families 3.39% 1.98%
Median Household Income   2.23%
Per Capita Income   2.53%

Port Royal, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Port Royal to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 45 89th
Population Density # 199 50th
Diversity Index # 90 77th
Median Household Income # 103 74th
Per Capita Income # 142 64th

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