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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 January 1 and June 30, 2019, there were about 92 home sales on Folly Beach.  Home prices ranged from $2,249,000 for an oceanfront home to $282,000 for a one bedroom, one bath condo.  Median Price for homes (excluding condos) was $515,000 for this time period..

For more information regarding specific neighborhoods in the Folly Beach 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.

Folly Beach Information

Total population 2,384
Male population 1,281
Female population 1,103
Median age 43.70
Median age (male) 40.90
Median age (female) 48.30
Marital status (Number of people who have the following marital status)
Never married 749
Married 1,148
Separated 0
Widowed 57
Divorced 298
Population by age
Under 15 132
Age 15 to 24 154
Ages 25 to 44 923
Ages 45 to 64 968
Age 65 and over 207
Population mobility
Live in the same house as 1 year ago 2,096
Moved from abroad 24
Moved from a different state 71
Moved from the same county 167
Moved from the same state 26
Population by poverty level
Above poverty level 2,268
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 116
White collar 1,636
Blue collar 198
Class of worker
Self employed 398
Private company 1,076
Not for profit company 131
Government workers 229
Total households 1,027
Family households 656
Non-family households 371
Households with children 126
Households without children 901
Average people per household 2.32
Education (Number of people who have achieved the following levels of education)
No high school 0
Some high school 105
Some college 732
Associate degree 182
Bachelors degree 947
Graduate degree 339
Average household income $107,256
Median household income $92,643
Median income under 25 $0
Median income 25-44 $74,205
Median income 45-64 $104,348
Median income over 65 $73,859
Housing occupancy
Housing units 2,522
Occupied housing units 1,027
Owner occupied units 568
Renter occupied units 459
Median housing costs per month $988
Median gross rent per month $1,000
Housing by year built
Year built median 1988
Built before 1939 97
Built between 1940 and 1949 238
Built between 1950 and 1959 202
Built between 1960 and 1969 174
Built between 1970 and 1979 297
Built between 1980 and 1989 335
Built between 1990 and 1999 742
Built between 2000 and 2009 411
Built after 2010 26
Housing mortgage situation
Houses with mortgage 232
Houses without mortgage 336
Median value with mortgage $611,100
Median value without mortgage $636,400
Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the 2017 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.