Population Data

With 28 new residents each day, the Charleston region is experiencing rapid population growth. The region is the 74th largest among all U.S. metros. Population growth has contributed to the region’s labor force growing four (4) times the national average.


CHARLESTON REGION OVERVIEW

Total Population by Area:

(percent growth from 2010 to 2017)

  • Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA – 775,831 residents (↑16%)
    • Charleston County – 401,438 residents (↑14%)
      • City of Charleston – 134,385 residents (↑12%)*
      • City of North Charleston – 109,298 residents (↑12%)*
      • Town of Mount Pleasant – 84,170 residents (↑24)*
*City & Town Population Estimates as of 2016.

CHARLESTON COUNTY OVERVIEW*

Demographics by Age:

  • Population between 18-years and 64-years – 65%
  • Average age – 36.8 years

Demographics by Gender:

  • Female – 52%
  • Male – 48%

Demographics by Race:

  • White alone – 69%
  • Black or African American alone – 28%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone – 0.40%
  • Asian alone – 2%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone – 0.10%
  • Two or More Races – 2%

General Population Data:

  • Households (2012-2016) – 150,921 households
  • Persons-per-Household (2012-2016) – 2.44 people
  • High School Graduate or Higher, Percent of Persons Age 25+ years – 90.2%
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, Percent of Persons Age 25+ years – 41.1%
*Data taken from 2012-2016 American Community Survey