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The City of Charleston is the largest city in South Carolina with a population of 150,388 as of July 1, 2020. Charleston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.
The primary coordinate point for Charleston is located at latitude 32.7766 and longitude -79.9309 in Charleston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charleston encompass a land area of 109.04 sq. miles and a water area of 18.51 sq. miles. Charleston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.
While the primary coordinates for City of Charleston are located in Charleston County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Berkeley County.
The City of Charleston (GNIS ID: 2404030) 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 Charleston is located within Charleston Central Division of Charleston County.
Alternate Unofficial Names for Charleston: Charles Town, Charles Towne, Charlestowne, Charlstoun, Charlstown.
|Total Population||150,388 (100%)|
|Population in Households||144,387 (96.0%)|
|Population in Families||98,315 (65.4%)|
|Population in Group Quarters1||6,001 ( 4.0%)|
|Median Household Income||$69,347|
|Average Household Income||$100,093|
|% of Income for Mortgage4||19%|
|Per Capita Income||$43,114|
|Total HU (Housing Units)||73,738 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||34,512 (46.8%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||30,950 (42.0%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||8,276 (11.2%)|
|Median Home Value||$321,074|
|Average Home Value||$445,746|
|Housing Affordability Index3||133|
|Average Household Size||2.21|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||1.58%|
|Per Capita Income||1.91%|
|Owner Occupied HU||1.13%|
The table below compares Charleston to the other 397 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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.
|Total Population||# 1||100th|
|Population Density||# 83||79th|
|Median Household Income||# 28||93rd|
|Housing Affordability Index||# 56||14th|
|Per Capita Income||# 20||95th|
|Diversity Index||# 214||46th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.