Introduction to Summerville, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina, in Dorchester county, is 16 miles NW of North Charleston, South Carolina (center to center) and 157 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town is conveniently located inside the Charleston - North Charleston metropolitan area. There are an estimated 27,752 people in Summerville.

Summerville History

Summerville was first settled after the Revolutionary War. Around 1785, it was known as Pineland Village. The plantation owners of Charleston first came to the town to escape the summer heat, seasonal insects, and disease. The area's first railroad arrived in the early 1800s. The town was officially incorporated in 1847. In the same year, Summerville passed a law against cutting down trees of specific sizes. In fact, it was the first town in the United States that passed such a law.

Summerville and nearby Attractions

  • Summerville Museum
  • Old Dorchester State Historic Site
  • Wannamaker County Park
  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
  • Old Santee Canal State Park

Things To Do In Summerville

You can visit Summerville Azalea Park during your leisure time. It is worth visiting the Summerville Historic District. The town has various houses of worship including the Summerville Presbyterian Church, Bethany United Methodist Church, Lydia Church, and Stallsville United Methodist Church. One can enjoy shopping at the Heritage Square Shopping Center. The Summerville Country Club and Legend Oaks Golf Club are ideal destinations for golf lovers. Summerville is home to the Flowertown Festival which is held the first weekend of April each year.

Summerville Transportation

Charleston International Airport is only a few miles away from the town.

Summerville Higher Education

Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary is located within Summerville. In addition, Trident Technical College and Charleston Southern University are the nearest college and university.


Total Population 46,200
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 21,068
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 49.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.2%
Median Earnings25+ $40,013
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,813
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,264


Median Family Income $65,430
% Above Poverty Level 87%
% Below Poverty Level 13%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 26.2%
Median Gross Rent $976
Median House Value $181,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.8%
US/American 0%
English 9.3%
Irish 12.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Summerville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles NW of North Charleston, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 157 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Dorchester
Metro Area Charleston - North Charleston
Standard Zip Codes 29483, 29485
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29484
Phone Area Codes 843
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.018
Longitude -80.175

Summerville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.5 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
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 59 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 77 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 25.7 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Summerville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Summ (29484, 29485)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Goose Creek 39,408 $65,797
Hanahan 19,707 $58,135
Lincolnville 1,299 $41,149
Moncks Corner 9,108 $63,915
North Charleston 104,146 $46,801
Ridgeville 1,929 $49,844

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 3,255 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

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Historic Summerville


Factory and store-houses (Pinehurst) between 1900 and 1905

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Factory and store-houses (Pinehurst) between 1900 and 1905

The School at Pinehurst between 1900 and 1906

Dr. Charles U. Shepard's residence (Pinehurst) 1904

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