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Summerville SC

Summerville is Dorchester County’s largest community with a population at approximately 30,000, is recognized as the home of all high schools in America’s most winning football coach, Summerville High School’s John McKissick. The Dorchester 2 school district has the distinction of district average composite SAT scores of 1022, which surpassed the national average (1021) and state average (985). The Summerville Dorchester 2 School District average ranks tenth in the state of South Carolina.

Summerville is a town considered by many as a distant suburb of Charleston; and has thus experienced rapid population growth. Summerville is the largest town in Dorchester County, northwest of Charleston, South Carolina.  The Town of Summerville is also fondly known as the "Flowertown in the Pines," so named because of its situation on a dry, sandy ridge, amidst pine trees that charge the air with fragrant derivatives of turpentine. Summerville was originally settled in the early 18th century as Charleston residents discovered that the higher land and pine forests provided respite from the oppressive heat and that came with summer. Most of today's beautiful old homes of Summerville had their origin as summer cottages for the first families of historic Charleston.

Summerville’s annual arts and crafts event, the YMCA Flowertown Festival, held each April, draws over 25,000 people each spring and is the largest open air show of its kind in the Southeast. Other popular Summerville events include Sculpture in the South and theatrical performances by the Flowertown Players. Woodlands Resort & Inn is one of only three lodging properties in America to be awarded the Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond awards for both lodging and dining. This luxury retreat located in the heart of Summerville, is only 30 minutes from Charleston’s historic district.

In 1899, a world congress of medical specialists in the field of respiratory disease gathered in Paris. The group named Summerville one of the two best areas in the world for the cure of lung and throat disorders. One inn after another sprang up as the town quickly became a favorite winter resort for Northern visitors who came to enjoy the mild climate and hunting season. The most famous, the Pine Forest Inn, in Summerville, sometimes served as the winter White House for Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.

Some residents may still come to Summerville for pulmonary relief, but most come for its mild climate, excellent Dorchester County schools, healthcare, a vibrant downtown, a variety of housing options, small-town friendliness and the proximity to historic Charleston and the beaches.       

Summerville Real Estate

In 2022, close to 3,000 homes sold in the Summerville, SC area that borders North Charleston and Ridgeville.  The highest sold price was $1,880,000 for a home located in the Historic District of Summerville. The median sales price was just over $314,000.  

For more information regarding specific neighborhoods in the Summerville area, contact Behren Kittrell, BIC Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate.  Home sales include condominiums, investment properties, and fix and flips. Information provided by Behren Kittrell, BIC Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate

Summerville Census Information

This information is for the area in Summerville located in Dorchester County 29485


Total population 60,383
Male population 29,244
Female population 31,139
Median age 35.40
Median age (male) 33.80
Median age (female) 36.40

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

Never married 15,202
Married 24,101
Separated 914
Widowed 2,721
Divorced 4,950

Population by age

Under 15 13,409
Age 15 to 24 7,287
Ages 25 to 44 17,402
Ages 45 to 64 13,801
Age 65 and over 8,484

Population mobility

Live in the same house as 1 year ago 51,617
Moved from abroad 269
Moved from a different state 2,124
Moved from the same county 2,612
Moved from the same state 2,955

Population by poverty level

Above poverty level 52,680
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 6,465


White collar 21,330
Blue collar 6,569

Class of worker

Self employed 2,245
Private company 18,901
Not for profit company 1,286
Government workers 5,467


Total households 21,548
Family households 14,619
Non-family households 6,929
Households with children 7,804
Households without children 13,744
Average people per household 2.80

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

No high school 1,108
Some high school 14,211
Some college 15,039
Associate degree 4,516
Bachelors degree 8,048
Graduate degree 4,427


Average household income $80,151
Median household income $65,042
Median income under 25 $39,355
Median income 25-44 $69,513
Median income 45-64 $84,391
Median income over 65 $46,456

Housing occupancy

Housing units 22,790
Occupied housing units 21,548
Owner occupied units 14,679
Renter occupied units 6,869
Median housing costs per month $1,249
Median gross rent per month $1,178

Housing by year built

Year built median 1996
Built before 1939 119
Built between 1940 and 1949 96
Built between 1950 and 1959 382
Built between 1960 and 1969 894
Built between 1970 and 1979 3,655
Built between 1980 and 1989 3,866
Built between 1990 and 1999 3,748
Built between 2000 and 2009 6,843
Built after 2010 3,187

Housing mortgage situation

Houses with mortgage 11,233
Houses without mortgage 3,446
Median value with mortgage $231,200
Median value without mortgage $211,400
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.