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Folly Beach

THE CITY OF FOLLY BEACH is a barrier island, six miles long and the closest beach to historical Charleston, South Carolina, 20 minutes away, via the James Island Connector. "The Edge of America" is a phrase frequently used to describe Folly Beach. Folly Beach is an incorporated town of less than 3500 full time residents, and features two seaside county parks, a maritime forest, and a magnificent public fishing pier overlooking the surf.

The Folly Beach Pier, which extends more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, hosts fishing tournaments year round. The pier is also host to summertime “Moonlight Mixers”, for dancing to oldies under the stars and over the Atlantic Ocean. The Folly Beach Pier is the longest in South Carolina and also boasts a popular seafood restaurant.  Major surfing competitions on the rugged beach area known as the "washout" at Folly Beach are held in late summer. Outdoor recreation is big on Folly, and annual events include the Sand and Sea Beach Festival, held in April. In August, many residents and tourists gather at the Folly Beach Pier for the biggest fishing tournament of the season, the Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament.

The slow-paced Folly Beach lifestyle fits easily within nature's framework, and the island is a haven for nesting turtles and shorebirds. Loggerhead sea turtles crawl onto the beach at Folly between May and September to lay eggs. It is believed that they nest on the beach where they were hatched decades earlier. Folly Beach residents donate time and energy protecting the nests during hatching season.

On the eastern tip of Folly Island you'll find an outstanding view of the Morris Island Lighthouse from one of three county parks. Charleston County School district serves the children of Folly Beach, but their schools are located in nearby James Island. The island is really perfect to get away for a low-key vacation. In 1934 George Gershwin stayed on Folly and was inspired to write Porgy & Bess. Many houses found on Folly Beach are available for vacation rental.

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Folly Beach Real Estate

Between June 1 and Dec 30, 2022 there were 82 home sales on Folly Beach.  Home prices ranged from $5,249,000 for an oceanfront home to $382,000 for a one bedroom, one bath condo.  Median Price for homes (excluding condos) was $615,000 for this time period..

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Folly Beach Information


Total population 2,391
Male population 1,265
Female population 1,126
Median age 55.90
Median age (male) 41.70
Median age (female) 58.80

Marital status (Number of people who have the following marital status)

Never married 844
Married 889
Separated 0
Widowed 227
Divorced 344

Population by age

Under 15 87
Age 15 to 24 28
Ages 25 to 44 783
Ages 45 to 64 1,004
Age 65 and over 489

Population mobility

Live in the same house as 1 year ago 2,200
Moved from abroad 0
Moved from a different state 132
Moved from the same county 59
Moved from the same state 0

Population by poverty level

Above poverty level 2,123
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 268


White collar 1,448
Blue collar 64

Class of worker

Self employed 266
Private company 1,096
Not for profit company 81
Government workers 69


Total households 1,126
Family households 603
Non-family households 523
Households with children 51
Households without children 1,075
Average people per household 2.12

Education (Number of people who have achieved the following levels of education)

No high school 0
Some high school 256
Some college 567
Associate degree 49
Bachelors degree 1,228
Graduate degree 225


Average household income $105,779
Median household income $83,871
Median income under 25 $0
Median income 25-44 $188,075
Median income 45-64 $0
Median income over 65 $0

Housing occupancy

Housing units 2,730
Occupied housing units 1,126
Owner occupied units 692
Renter occupied units 434
Median housing costs per month $948
Median gross rent per month $961

Housing by year built

Year built median 1990
Built before 1939 35
Built between 1940 and 1949 215
Built between 1950 and 1959 214
Built between 1960 and 1969 333
Built between 1970 and 1979 251
Built between 1980 and 1989 292
Built between 1990 and 1999 722
Built between 2000 and 2009 572
Built after 2010 96

Housing mortgage situation

Houses with mortgage 295
Houses without mortgage 397
Median value with mortgage $591,400
Median value without mortgage $670,600
Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the 2021 American Community Survey and is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed. No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.