Isle of Palms, SC Profile: Facts & Data


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Isle of Palms, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Isle of Palms had a population of 4,666 as of July 1, 2018. Isle of Palms ranks in the lower 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 Isle of Palms is located at latitude 32.8039 and longitude -79.7523 in Charleston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Isle of Palms (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.44 sq. miles and a water area of 1 sq. miles. Charleston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 0 feet.

The City of Isle of Palms (GNIS ID: 2404771) 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 Isle of Palms is located within Mount Pleasant Division of Charleston County.

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Isle of Palms, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 4,666
Population in Households 4,666
Population in Familes 3,829
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,052
Diversity Index3 8


Median Household Income $120,443
Average Household Income $173,436
Per Capita Income $76,570


Total Housing Units 4,736 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,667 (35.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 393 ( 8.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,676 (56.5%)
Median Home Value $925,683
Average Home Value $1,109,583


Total Households 2,060
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 1,416
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.48% 1.4%
Households 1.46% 1.38%
Families 1.22% 1.25%
Median Household Income   0.43%
Per Capita Income   1.11%

Isle of Palms, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Isle of Palms to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 103 74th
Population Density # 117 71st
Diversity Index # 393 1st
Median Household Income # 3 99th
Per Capita Income # 4 99th

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