Introduction to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston county, is 4 miles E of Charleston, South Carolina (center to center) and 177 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town is located in the Charleston - North Charleston metropolitan area.

Mount Pleasant History

The area, which was originally inhabited by the Sewee Indians, was first settled by the Europeans in 1680. At that time, it was known as "North Point." In 1837, the community was officially incorporated as the town of Mount Pleasant. It included the Greenwich village, and eventually annexed the communities of Hibbens Ferry, Hillardsville, Christ Church Parish, and Lucasville. Post Civil War, the area became home to many freed slaves. One of them, Robert Scanlon, became the founder and president of Charleston Land Company. He also established the African-American community of "Scanlonville" in the present-day territory of Mount Pleasant.

Mount Pleasant and Nearby Attractions

  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
  • Boone Hall Plantation
  • Museum On The Common
  • Palmetto Islands County Park
  • Cypress Gardens
  • Edisto Island Serpentarium

Things To Do In Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is home to the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum which includes the destroyer USS Laffey, the Coast Guard cutter Ingham, submarine Clamagore, aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, and other modern marvels like S-3 Viking, and F-14 Tomcat. Museum On The Common, also located in the town, features exhibits reflecting the cultural and historical background of the South Carolina Lowcountry area. Boone Hall Plantation, another place of historic interest in Mount Pleasant, dates back to the 17th century. It now houses a manor house built in the 1930s. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Patriots Point Golf Course, and Snee Farm Country Club. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Sea Island Shopping Center, Patriots Plaza Shopping Center, Village Pointe Shopping Center, and East Cooper Plaza Shopping Center. Among other attractions in the area are Edisto Island Serpentarium, Cypress Gardens, Isle of Palms County Park, Palmetto Islands County Park, and the South Carolina Aquarium. The community also hosts several annual events like the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, Scottish Games & Highland Gathering, and Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival.

Mount Pleasant Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Charleston International Airport.

Mount Pleasant Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the College of Charleston, Trident Technical College, Charleston Southern University, and Medical University of South Carolina.


Total Population 74,952
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 38,178
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 56.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 58.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $102,068
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 9.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 27.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,299
Median House Value $372,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.9%
US/American 0.2%
English 14.3%
Irish 17.8%

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

Mount Pleasant Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles E of Charleston, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 177 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Charleston
Metro Area Charleston - North Charleston
Standard Zip Codes 29464, 29466
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29465
Phone Area Codes 843
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.793
Longitude -79.862

Mount Pleasant 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 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 22.8 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 32.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Charleston 127,694 $77,816
Folly Beach 2,715 $113,108
Goose Creek 39,408 $65,797
Isle of Palms 4,274 $110,398
Kiawah Island 1,432 $145,417
North Charleston 104,146 $46,801

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

Mount Pleasant Hospitals

(843) 881-4311
Emergency Service: Yes

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Mount Pleasant High Schools

Serves 2,509 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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