Folly Beach, South Carolina

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Folly Beach, South Carolina

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High Points

Folly Beach strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in South Carolina):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Folly Beach College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Folly Beach Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Folly Beach Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Folly Beach Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 12% Folly Beach People in Middle Class or Better
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Folly Beach Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Folly Beach, South Carolina

Comparing Folly Beach to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in South Carolina (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Age of the Population 8 9
Racial Diversity 6 1
Senior Citizens 3 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 3
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
People Above Poverty 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 9 9
Public Transportation Use 7 6
Short Commute Times 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
People Living Alone 9 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 8
Housing Recently Built 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 2 7
Low Property Crime 1 2

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Folly Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Charleston, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 185 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Charleston
Metro Area Charleston - North Charleston
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29439
Phone Area Codes 843
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.655
Longitude -79.94

Folly Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 57 F
Apr Temp 59 to 73 F
Jul Temp 77 to 89 F
Oct Temp 62 to 75 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 72 F
Jul Temp 74 to 89 F
Oct Temp 58 to 76 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Distance 26.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 58 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 53 to 77 F
Annual Precip 53.4 inches
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Folly Beach Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 2,116 100%
Male 1,080 51%
Female 1,036 49%
Under 18 230 10.9%
18+ 1,886 89.1%
65+ 263 12.4%
Median Age 41.1
Average Family Size 2.51
White 2,045 96.6%
African-American 16 0.8%
Asian 4 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.5%
Other 11 0.5%
Mixed Race 30 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 30 1.4%

Estimated Folly Beach Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 2,263
Growth 147
Growth % 6.9%

Folly Beach Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 17.1%
Irish 14.2%
US/American 12.9%
English 12.9%
Italian 6.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.9%
Scotch-Irish 4.6%
Scottish 3.5%
European 3.2%
Polish 2.8%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Dutch 1.2%
Norwegian 1.1%
Slovak 1.1%
French Canadian 1.1%
Welsh 0.9%
Czechoslovakian 0.9%
British 0.9%
Russian 0.9%
Greek 0.8%
Eastern European 0.8%
Swedish 0.7%
Czech 0.5%
Lebanese 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Iranian 0.3%
Carpatho Rusyn 0.3%
Latvian 0.3%
Moroccan 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Folly Beach 2,116 $66,058
Charleston 96,650 $48,705
Isle of Palms 4,583 $88,874
Kiawah Island 1,163 $83,829
Mount Pleasant 47,609 $71,165
North Charleston 79,641 $32,868
Seabrook Island 1,250 $84,392
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