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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 944
Male population 487
Female population 457
Median age 60.00
Median age (male) 52.10
Median age (female) 63.10

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

Never married 245
Married 495
Separated 0
Widowed 110
Divorced 59

Population by age

Under 15 35
Age 15 to 24 17
Ages 25 to 44 182
Ages 45 to 64 438
Age 65 and over 272

Population mobility

Live in the same house as 1 year ago 851
Moved from abroad 0
Moved from a different state 39
Moved from the same county 37
Moved from the same state 0

Population by poverty level

Above poverty level 759
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 168


White collar 449
Blue collar 39

Class of worker

Self employed 149
Private company 226
Not for profit company 69
Government workers 44


Total households 571
Family households 238
Non-family households 333
Households with children 35
Households without children 536
Average people per household 1.65

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

No high school 0
Some high school 137
Some college 307
Associate degree 18
Bachelors degree 289
Graduate degree 159


Average household income $92,483
Median household income $72,426
Median income under 25 $0
Median income 25-44 $0
Median income 45-64 $0
Median income over 65 $0

Housing occupancy

Housing units 2,116
Occupied housing units 571
Owner occupied units 414
Renter occupied units 157
Median housing costs per month $963
Median gross rent per month $0

Housing by year built

Year built median 1987
Built before 1939 52
Built between 1940 and 1949 215
Built between 1950 and 1959 233
Built between 1960 and 1969 215
Built between 1970 and 1979 122
Built between 1980 and 1989 296
Built between 1990 and 1999 527
Built between 2000 and 2009 384
Built after 2010 72

Housing mortgage situation

Houses with mortgage 203
Houses without mortgage 211
Median value with mortgage $0
Median value without mortgage $680,200
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.