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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population47,919
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens12%
Employed Population 16+22,051
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married50.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33%
Median Earnings25+$41,176
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,816
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,024

Wealth

Median Family Income$69,336
% Above Poverty Level89.5%
% Below Poverty Level10.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone25.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,027
Median House Value$182,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.9%
German14.1%
Irish13.4%
English9.1%
Italian3.7%
Polish3%
Scottish2.7%
French Except Basque2.5%
Dutch1.1%
Norwegian0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Greek0.6%
Swedish0.5%
African0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Czech0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Danishn0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Arab0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
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Summerville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dorchester County, Berkeley County
Standard Zip Codes29486, 29483, 29485
P.O. Box Zip Codes29484
Phone Area Codes843
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude33
Approximate Longitude-80.17

Summerville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSUMMERVILLE
Distance2.5 miles
Jan Temp35 to 58 F
Apr Temp49 to 76 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp53 to 77 F
Annual Precip53.4 inches
StationPINOPOLIS DAM
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp34 to 59 F
Apr Temp49 to 77 F
Jul Temp69 to 93 F
Oct Temp52 to 77 F
Annual Precip51 inches
StationSULLIVANS ISLAND
Distance25.7 miles
Jan Temp38 to 57 F
Apr Temp54 to 72 F
Jul Temp74 to 89 F
Oct Temp58 to 76 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Goose Creek40,553$67,822
Hanahan20,710$66,429
Lincolnville1,053$41,792
Moncks Corner9,300$67,089
North Charleston106,113$47,940
Ridgeville1,944$56,429

Summerville Hospitals

Summerville Medical Center
(Proprietary)
295 Midland Pkwy
(843) 832-5000

Summerville Public Schools

Alston Middle
500 Bryan Street
ZIP: 29483
(843) 873-3890
Middle
Total Enrollment 872
Cane Bay Elementary
1247 Cane Bay Boulevard
ZIP: 29483
(843) 899-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 962
Cane Bay High
1624 State Road
ZIP: 29483
(843) 899-8786
High
Total Enrollment 1561
Cane Bay Middle
1175 Cane Bay Boulevard
ZIP: 29483
(843) 899-1857
Middle
Total Enrollment 746
Charles B. Dubose Middle
1005 Dubose School Road
ZIP: 29483
(843) 875-7012
Middle
Total Enrollment 1107
Gregg Middle
500 Green Wave Boulevard
ZIP: 29483
(843) 871-3150
Middle
Total Enrollment 1163
James H. Spann Elementary
901 John Mckissick Way
ZIP: 29483
(843) 873-3050
Primary
Total Enrollment 842
Knightsville Elementary
847 Orangeburg Road
ZIP: 29483
(843) 873-4851
Primary
Total Enrollment 1427
Rollings Middle School Of The Arts
815 South Main Street
ZIP: 29483
(843) 873-3610
Middle
Total Enrollment 665
Sangaree Elementary
1460 Royle Road
ZIP: 29483
(843) 820-3868
Primary
Total Enrollment 881
Sangaree Intermediate
201 School House Lane
ZIP: 29483
(843) 820-3850
Primary
Total Enrollment 663
Summerville Elementary
835 South Main Street
ZIP: 29483
(843) 873-2372
Primary
Total Enrollment 788
Summerville High
1101 Boone Hill Road
ZIP: 29483
(843) 873-6460
High
Total Enrollment 2901
William M. Reeves Elementary
1003 Dubose School Road
ZIP: 29483
(843) 695-2450
Primary
Total Enrollment 1190
Ashley Ridge High
9800 Delemar Highway
ZIP: 29485
(843) 695-4900
High
Total Enrollment 2201
Beech Hill Elementary
1001 Beech Hill Road
ZIP: 29485
(843) 821-3970
Primary
Total Enrollment 1252
Flowertown Elementary
20 King Charles Circle
ZIP: 29485
(843) 871-7400
Primary
Total Enrollment 1071
Fort Dorchester Elementary
5201 Old Glory Lane
ZIP: 29485
(843) 832-5550
Primary
Total Enrollment 1169
Newington Elementary
10 King Charles Circle
ZIP: 29485
(843) 871-3230
Primary
Total Enrollment 837

Summerville Private Schools

Bethany Child Development Center
118 W 3rd South St
ZIP: 29483
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Faith Christian School & Daycare
337 Farmington Rd
ZIP: 29483
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 213
New Alpha Christian School
100 Waring St
ZIP: 29483
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Pinewood Preparatory School
1114 Orangeburg Rd
ZIP: 29483
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 722
Ridge Christian Academy
2168 Ridge Church Rd
ZIP: 29483
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 133
Tiny Tots Tech
328 Sangaree Pkwy
ZIP: 29483
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Summerville Catholic School
226 Black Oak Blvd
ZIP: 29485
Elementary
Total Enrollment 206
The Oaks Christian School
505 Gahagan Rd
ZIP: 29485
Elementary
Total Enrollment 156
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Historic Summerville

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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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