Pawleys Island, SC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Pawleys Island, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Pawleys Island had a population of 122 as of July 1, 2017. Pawleys Island 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 Pawleys Island is located at latitude 33.4281 and longitude -79.125 in Georgetown County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Pawleys Island (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.7 sq. miles and a water area of 0.29 sq. miles. Georgetown County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The Town of Pawleys Island (GNIS ID: 2407082) 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 Pawleys Island is located within Waccamaw Neck Division of Georgetown County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Pawleys Island 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 Pawleys Island: Pawley's Island.

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Pawleys Island, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 122
Daytime Population: Workers 31
Daytime Population: Residents 55
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 86
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.70
Population in Households 122
Population in Familes 86
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 174
Diversity Index3 9


Median Household Income $60,072
Average Household Income $97,973
Per Capita Income $51,160


Total Housing Units 631 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 50 ( 7.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 19 ( 3.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 562 (89.1%)
Median Home Value $378,571
Average Home Value $542,157


Total Households 69
Average Household Size 1.77
Family Households 37
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 2.36% 1.74%
Households 2.42% 1.95%
Families 1.59% 2.07%
Median Household Income   -0.31%
Per Capita Income   -0.38%

Pawleys Island, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pawleys Island 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 # 374 6th
Population Density # 335 16th
Diversity Index # 390 2nd
Median Household Income # 33 92nd
Per Capita Income # 8 98th

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