Charleston Regional Development Alliance

Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties

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Strong, Diverse Population Growth

The Charleston lifestyle has been discovered, with a steady stream of newcomers boosting the region's population to nearly 700,000. Many of these new residents are highly educated and seeking employment. Many others bring with them thriving businesses of their own. All add to the unique flavor and energy of this historic coastal city.
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Population StatisticsHouseholdsIncomeEducational Attainment

Charleston S.C. MSA

  Population and Demographics1  
Population 2000 2012 % change 2000-2012 2020 projection
Charleston S.C. MSA 549,033 697,439 27.0% 736,000
Population by Age 2000 2012
19 or younger 29.2% 25.9%
20-24 7.7% 7.9%
25-34 14.7% 15.5%
35-54 29.5% 26.5%
55-64 8.5% 12.1%
65+ 10.4% 12.4%
Median Age 33.9 35.5
Population by Gender 2000 2012
Male 49.1% 48.9%
Female 50.9% 51.1%
Population by Race 2000 2012
White 65.1% 67.4%
Black or African-American 30.8% 26.8%
Asian 1.3% 1.6%
Other 2.8% 4.2%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)2 2.4% 5.4%
Households 2000 2012
Total Households 207,957 262,131
Median Household Income $39,491 $50,108
Average Household Income $51,315 $67,984
Educational Attainment 2000 2012
High school diploma (or equivalent) or higher 81.3% 88.1%
Bachelors degree or higher 25% 31.3%
Advanced degree 8.7% 10.9%


Notes & Sources:
(1) U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 Population Estimates, 2012 American Community Survey and 2000 Census; population projections from S.C. Budget and Control Board, Office of Research & Statistics, 12/2013.
(2) Persons of Hispanic/Latino origin may be of any race.

Household Growth Rate 2000-2012

  Charleston MSA  South Carolina  United States 
Households (2012) 262,131 1,787,340 115,969,540
Household Growth Rate 2000-2012 26.1% 16.5% 9.9%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 12/2013.

Household Income Growth: 2000-2012

  Median Household Income (2012)  Median Household Income (2000)  Median Percent Growth 2000-2012  Average Household Income (2012)  Average Household Income (2000)  Average Percent Growth 2000-2012 
Charleston MSA $50,108 $39,491 26.9% $67,984 $51,315 32.5%
South Carolina $43,107 $37,082 16.2% $59,042 $48,349 22.1%
United States $51,371 $41,994 22.3% $71,317 $56,643 25.9%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey, 12/2013
Educational attainment in greater Charleston is higher than in the United States overall. In fact, Charleston ranks among the top 15% of all U.S. metropolitan and micropolitan areas in terms of the proportion of residents holding advanced degrees.

2012 Educational Attainment / % of Population 25+

  Charleston MSA  South Carolina  United States 
High school diploma or equivalent or higher 88.1% 84.9% 86.4%
Hold a bachelors degree or higher 31.3% 25.1% 29.1%
Hold an advanced degree 10.9% 9.1% 10.9%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 12/2013.