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Folly Beach, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Folly Beach had a population of 2,972 as of July 1, 2017. Folly Beach 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 Folly Beach is located at latitude 32.6693 and longitude -79.9606 in Charleston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Folly Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.51 sq. miles and a water area of 6.36 sq. miles. Charleston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The City of Folly Beach (GNIS ID: 2403628) 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 Folly Beach is located within James Island Division of Charleston County.

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

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Folly Beach, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,972
Daytime Population: Workers 973
Daytime Population: Residents 981
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,954
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.66
Population in Households 2,971
Population in Familes 1,856
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density2 238
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $75,120
Average Household Income $102,516
Per Capita Income $51,611


Total Housing Units 2,667 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 931 (34.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 621 (23.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,115 (41.8%)
Median Home Value $611,564
Average Home Value $655,258


Total Households 1,552
Average Household Size 1.91
Family Households 758
Average Family Size 2
  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 1.77% 2.14%
Households 1.81% 2.11%
Families 2.34% 1.93%
Median Household Income   1.87%
Per Capita Income   2.59%

Folly Beach, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Folly Beach 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 # 141 65th
Population Density # 308 22nd
Diversity Index # 367 8th
Median Household Income # 13 97th
Per Capita Income # 7 98th

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