Charleston, SC Population

By | June 28, 2019

Population: 96,650. Estimated population in 2021: 106,712 (+10.4% change)
Males: 45,758 (47.3%), Females: 50,892 (52.7%)

Charleston County

Zip codes: 29401, 29403, 29406, 29407, 29412, 29414, 29423, 29492.

Median resident age: 33.2 years
Median household income: $35,295
Median house value: $139,700

Races in Charleston:

  • White Non-Hispanic (62.3%)
  • Black (34.0%)
  • Hispanic (1.5%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
  • Other race (0.5%)

Ancestries: English (10.8%), German (10.6%), Irish (9.1%), United States (6.2%), Scottish (3.3%), Italian (3.2%).

Elevation: 118 feet

Land area: 97.0 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Charleston

  • High school or higher: 83.7%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 37.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 13.9%
  • Unemployed: 6.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 20.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Charleston city

  • Never married: 40.2%
  • Now married: 40.0%
  • Separated: 3.2%
  • Widowed: 7.9%
  • Divorced: 8.8%

3.5% Foreign born (1.4% Europe, 1.1% Asia, 0.6% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +6,355 (+7.0%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers in Charleston:

  • BON SECOURS-ST FRANCIS XAVIER HOSPITAL (2095 HENRY TECKLENBURG DRIVE)
  • CHARLESTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (326 CALHOUN ST)
  • MEDICAL UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL (169 ASHLEY AV)
  • PALMETTO LOWCOUNTRY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (2777 SPEISSEGGER DRIVE)
  • ROPER HOSPITAL (316 CALHOUN ST)
  • SPECIALTY HOSPITAL OF SOUTH CAROLINA (326 CALHOUN STREET THIRD FLOOR)
  • TRIDENT MEDICAL CENTER (9330 MEDICAL PLAZA DR)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Charleston:

Other public-use airports nearest to Charleston:

  • CHARLESTON EXECUTIVE (about 7 miles; CHARLESTON, SC; Abbreviation: JZI)
  • EAST COOPER (about 17 miles; MOUNT PLEASANT, SC; Abbreviation: 8S5)
  • SUMMERVILLE (about 27 miles; SUMMERVILLE, SC; Abbreviation: DYB)
Amtrak station near Charleston:

  • 6 miles: CHARLESTON (N. CHARLESTON, 4565 GAYNOR AVE.). Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Charleston:

  • COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (Full-time enrollment: 9,756; Location: 66 GEORGE ST; Public; Website: www.cofc.edu; Offers Master’s degree)
  • TRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 5,925; Location: 7000 Rivers Avenue; Public; Website: www.tridenttech.org)
  • CITADEL MILITARY COLLEGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA (Full-time enrollment: 2,701; Location: 171 MOULTRIE ST; Public; Website: www.citadel.edu; Offers Master’s degree)
  • CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY (Full-time enrollment: 2,191; Location: 9200 UNIVERSITY BLVD; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.csuniv.edu; Offers Master’s degree)
  • MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA (Full-time enrollment: 2,162; Location: 171 ASHLEY AVE; Public; Website: www.musc.edu; Offers Doctor’s degree)
  • JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY-CHARLESTON (Full-time enrollment: 1,335; Location: 701 EAST BAY ST; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.jwusc.edu)
  • BETA TECH (Full-time enrollment: 130; Location: 8088 RIVERS AVE; Private, not-for-profit)
  • CHARLESTON COSMETOLOGY INSTITUTE (Full-time enrollment: 105; Location: 8484 DORCHESTER RD; Private, for-profit)

Schools

Public high schools in Charleston:

  • WEST ASHLEY HIGH (Students: 2,191; Location: WILLIAM KENNERTY DRIVE; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • JAMES ISLAND CHARTER HIGH (Students: 1,550; Location: 1000 FORT JOHNSON ROAD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • BURKE HIGH (Students: 701; Location: 244 PRESIDENT ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • SEPTIMA P. CLARK CORPORATE ACADEMY (Students: 114; Location: 1929 GRIMBALL ROAD; Grades: 08 – 12)
Private high schools in Charleston:

  • BISHOP ENGLAND HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 892; Location: 363 SEVEN FARMS DR; Grades: 9 – 12)
  • PORTER-GAUD SCHOOL (Students: 838; Location: 300 ALBEMARLE POINT; Grades: 1 – 12)
  • ASHLEY HALL (Students: 621; Location: 172 RUTLEDGE AVENUE; Grades: PK – 12)
  • FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SCH (Students: 577; Location: 48 MEETING STREET; Grades: PK – 12)
  • NORTHWOOD ACADEMY (Students: 238; Location: PO BOX 63215; Grades: 7 – 12)
  • EVANGEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 142; Location: 2957 SAVANNAH HIGHWAY; Grades: PK – 12)
  • PALMETTO ACADEMY (Students: 19; Location: 913 WAPPOO RD; Grades: 9 – 12)
Biggest public primary/middle schools in Charleston:

  • SPRINGFIELD ELEMENTARY (Students: 926; Location: 2741 CLOVER STREET; Grades: PK – 06)
  • WEST ASHLEY MIDDLE (Students: 802; Location: 776 WILLIAM KENNERTY DRI; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • WEST ASHLEY INTERMEDIATE (Students: 762; Location: 721 WAPPOO ROAD; Grades: 05 – 06)
  • ORANGE GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 751; Location: 1225 ORANGE BRANCH; Grades: PK – 04)
  • JAMES ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 733; Location: 1484 CAMP ROAD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • C E WILLIAMS MIDDLE FOR CREATIVE & SCIEN (Students: 688; Location: 640 BUTTE STREET; Grades: 05 – 08)
  • ST ANDREWS SCHOOL OF MATH AND SCIENCE (Students: 687; Location: 30 CHADWICK DRIVE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • ALICE BIRNEY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 635; Location: 7750 PINEHURST ST; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • STILES POINT ELEMENTARY (Students: 600; Location: 883 MIKELL DR; Grades: PK – 05)
  • HARBOR VIEW ELEMENTARY (Students: 588; Location: 1576 HARBOR VIEW RD; Grades: PK – 05)
Biggest private primary/middle schools in Charleston:

  • NORTHWOOD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 546; Location: 8717 RIVERS AVE; Grades: PK – 6)
  • BLESSED SACRAMENT SCHOOL (Students: 484; Location: 7 SAINT TERESA DRIVE; Grades: PK – 8)
  • MASON PREPARATORY SCHOOL (Students: 355; Location: 56 HALSEY BOULEVARD; Grades: 1 – 8)
  • O QUINN SCHOOL (Students: 316; Location: 1567 HARBOR VIEW RD; Grades: PK – KG)
  • NATIVITY ELEM SCH (Students: 311; Location: 1061 FOLLY ROAD; Grades: PK – 8)
  • THE CHARLESTON CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 212; Location: 888 KING ST; Grades: PK – 8)
  • CHARLESTON DAY SCHOOL (Students: 186; Location: 15 ARCHDALE STREET; Grades: 1 – 8)
  • JAMES ISLAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 162; Location: 15 CROSSCREEK DRIVE; Grades: KG – 4)
  • WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN PRESC (Students: 155; Location: 1157 SAM RITTENBERG BLVD; Grades: PK – KG)
  • NEW ISREAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 148; Location: 69 SIMONS ST; Grades: KG – 8)

Libraries

Library in Charleston:

  • CHARLESTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $11,176,176; Location: 68 CALHOUN STREET; 1,038,980 books; 24,868 audio materials; 37,391 video materials; 2,320 serial subscriptions)

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