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North Charleston, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of North Charleston is the 3rd largest city in South Carolina with a population of 113,578 as of July 1, 2017. North Charleston ranks in the upper 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 North Charleston is located at latitude 32.9178 and longitude -80.065 in Charleston County. The formal boundaries for the City of North Charleston (see map below) encompass a land area of 73.4 sq. miles and a water area of 3.46 sq. miles. Charleston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 20 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of North Charleston are located in Charleston County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Dorchester County.

The City of North Charleston (GNIS ID: 2404391) 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 North Charleston is located within North Charleston Division of Charleston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with North Charleston 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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North Charleston, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 113,578
Daytime Population: Workers 92,466
Daytime Population: Residents 56,908
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 149,374
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.32
Population in Households 109,726
Population in Familes 83,781
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,852
Population Density2 1,547
Diversity Index3 69


Median Household Income $42,712
Average Household Income $54,970
Per Capita Income $21,300


Total Housing Units 48,618 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,544 (42.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,387 (46.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,687 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $155,545
Average Home Value $179,396


Total Households 42,931
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 26,411
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 2.11% 1.86%
Households 2.09% 1.9%
Families 1.91% 1.78%
Median Household Income   2.95%
Per Capita Income   2.59%

North Charleston, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares North Charleston 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 # 3 99th
Population Density # 51 87th
Diversity Index # 16 96th
Median Household Income # 158 60th
Per Capita Income # 181 55th

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