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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 2,319
Male population 1,271
Female population 1,048
Median age 49.70
Median age (male) 43.60
Median age (female) 58.50
Marital status (Number of people who have the following marital status)
Never married 747
Married 983
Separated 0
Widowed 230
Divorced 253
Population by age
Under 15 106
Age 15 to 24 115
Ages 25 to 44 667
Ages 45 to 64 1,078
Age 65 and over 353
Population mobility
Live in the same house as 1 year ago 2,195
Moved from abroad 0
Moved from a different state 71
Moved from the same county 26
Moved from the same state 27
Population by poverty level
Above poverty level 2,117
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 202
White collar 1,391
Blue collar 216
Class of worker
Self employed 413
Private company 819
Not for profit company 169
Government workers 206
Total households 1,178
Family households 568
Non-family households 610
Households with children 105
Households without children 1,073
Average people per household 1.97
Education (Number of people who have achieved the following levels of education)
No high school 0
Some high school 206
Some college 627
Associate degree 104
Bachelors degree 847
Graduate degree Not available
Average household income $93,291
Median household income $77,206
Median income under 25 $0
Median income 25-44 $76,563
Median income 45-64 $101,002
Median income over 65 $65,139
Housing occupancy
Housing units 2,675
Occupied housing units 1,178
Owner occupied units 712
Renter occupied units 466
Median housing costs per month $919
Median gross rent per month $1,010
Housing by year built
Year built median 1992
Built before 1939 55
Built between 1940 and 1949 176
Built between 1950 and 1959 183
Built between 1960 and 1969 171
Built between 1970 and 1979 300
Built between 1980 and 1989 311
Built between 1990 and 1999 810
Built between 2000 and 2009 627
Built after 2010 42
Housing mortgage situation
Houses with mortgage 361
Houses without mortgage 351
Median value with mortgage $0
Median value without mortgage $632,200
Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the 2019 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.