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West Ashley

West Ashley is the geographic area known by locals as one of Charleston, S.C.’s oldest suburban residential communities. The name is derived by its proximity to the Ashley River, one of the major waterways forming the downtown Charleston peninsula. Home ownership options are diverse in West Ashley, from modest to exclusive. Neighborhoods such The Crescent, Shadowmoss, Edgewater Park and South Windermere feature homes on expansive wooded or waterfront lots, only minutes from the heart of historic Charleston.

A variety of shops and businesses and schools are found along the two main corridors that feed traffic to and from West Ashley: Savannah Highway is referred to as the Auto Mile because of the abundance of car dealerships, but the revitalized Avondale five points is home to retro/upscale furniture and clothing stores, as well as popular restaurants and night life. The scenic U.S. Highway 61 corridor in West Ashley, flanked by the Ashley River and famed plantations, is dotted with national historic landmarks and world-famous destinations. Magnolia Plantation and adjacent Audubon Swamp Gardens features a dazzling display of color and wildlife. Middleton Place Plantation is famed for its terraced colonial gardens, renowned Middleton Inn and restaurant, and host to living history events. Drayton Hall National Trust Historic Site retains one of America’s finest examples of colonial architecture, and is a popular West Ashley tourist destination as well.

West Ashley is also home to the site of Charleston’s original colonial settlement in 1670, Charles Towne. Today, newly renovated Charles Town Landing state park features replicas of the old Charles Town and is host to many local events as well as weddings on the picturesque grounds looking over the Ashley River.

There are a multitude of shopping options located West Ashley, with many national clothing, home improvement, and furniture chains, as well as popular Citadel Mall. The majority of the City of Charleston’s area schools are found West Ashley, in the St Andrews School District 10. The recently built Bon Secors Hospital off I 526 is a major West Ashley employer. Real estate selections, minutes from downtown Historic Charleston, in diverse West Ashley feature a variety of neighborhoods, home and lot styles, from wooded interior to river, creek and intra-coastal waterway.

West Ashley Real Estate


For more information regarding specific neighborhoods in the West Ashley 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.

West Ashley Census Information

This information is for the West Ashley area including but not limited to Avondale, Byrnes Down and historic Maryville.  East of I 526  zipcode 29407.


Total population 35,385
Male population 16,756
Female population 18,629
Median age 37.70
Median age (male) 37.20
Median age (female) 39.10

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

Never married 10,892
Married 13,827
Separated 557
Widowed 2,296
Divorced 2,874

Population by age

Under 15 5,496
Age 15 to 24 2,750
Ages 25 to 44 12,775
Ages 45 to 64 7,802
Age 65 and over 6,562

Population mobility

Live in the same house as 1 year ago 29,833
Moved from abroad 296
Moved from a different state 797
Moved from the same county 3,216
Moved from the same state 731

Population by poverty level

Above poverty level 30,799
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 3,983


White collar 16,860
Blue collar 3,121

Class of worker

Self employed 2,376
Private company 12,660
Not for profit company 1,382
Government workers 3,563


Total households 15,654
Family households 7,997
Non-family households 7,657
Households with children 3,125
Households without children 12,529
Average people per household 2.25

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

No high school 413
Some high school 7,696
Some college 7,354
Associate degree 2,556
Bachelors degree 8,059
Graduate degree 4,890


Average household income $99,927
Median household income $64,641
Median income under 25 $43,980
Median income 25-44 $73,647
Median income 45-64 $66,030
Median income over 65 $54,458

Housing occupancy

Housing units 17,773
Occupied housing units 15,654
Owner occupied units 8,950
Renter occupied units 6,704
Median housing costs per month $1,117
Median gross rent per month $1,132

Housing by year built

Year built median 1972
Built before 1939 299
Built between 1940 and 1949 1,057
Built between 1950 and 1959 2,742
Built between 1960 and 1969 3,892
Built between 1970 and 1979 4,215
Built between 1980 and 1989 2,602
Built between 1990 and 1999 1,517
Built between 2000 and 2009 759
Built after 2010 690

Housing mortgage situation

Houses with mortgage 4,929
Houses without mortgage 4,021
Median value with mortgage $345,300
Median value without mortgage $262,500
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.