Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate - Behren Kittrell

James Island

James Island is only five minutes from downtown Charleston and just across the city’s harbor. The island is a diverse community landscape. This mostly-residential expanse of tidal creeks and waterfront vistas offers a wide variety of neighborhoods and home sites. James Island‘s proximity to Charleston was most notoriously documented in the award winning movie, “Glory”. The Civil War began on the north side of James Island on the morning of April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces at Fort Johnson fired on Union-occupied Fort Sumter. Most of the fighting in the Charleston area during the rest of the Civil War also occurred on James Island and Morris Island, as Union troops tried to invade Charleston from the south, from their base on Folly Beach.

James Island remained predominantly rural until the 1960s. It has since become a residential community, and much of its beauty and quality of life is appealing as other areas close to Charleston become developed. One of James Island's oldest neighborhoods, Riverland Terrace, was developed in the 1940s, along Wappoo Creek and the inland intracoastal waterway. This James Island neighborhood boasts a public boat landing, Charleston’s Municipal Golf Course, a playground, restaurants, indie-movie house “The Terrace” and numerous antique shops.

As a whole, James Island is home to many shops, businesses and restaurants that make it not only a great place to work, but a great place to live as well. Over 35,000 people are residents of James Island. James Island High school is South Carolina’s largest Charter High School with over 1500 students. It is served by Charleston County school district 3.

“Jim Isle” is a large sea island framed by Wappoo Creek and Charleston Harbor to the north, Morris Island and Folly Beach to the east, and the Stono River and John's Island to the West.  The main arterial road, Folly Road, provides access to Folly beach and thousands of sunbathers, surfers, and fisherman over the course of the year. The James Island County Park is host year round to a popular dog park, and many local festivals, including the annual Cajun Fest in the spring, and the Festival of Lights, held November through January.

James Island Real Estate

In 2018, over 700 homes sold on James Island, ranging in price from $3,250,000 for a deepwater home to $42,000 for a three bedroom, one bath "fixer upper".  Sixteen homes sold over $1,000,000.  The median price was $372,000

For more information regarding specific neighborhoods in the James Island 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

Neighborhood Information


Total population 41,447
Male population 20,301
Female population 21,146
Median age 40.30
Median age (male) 40.20
Median age (female) 40.50

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

Never married 12,260
Married 17,143
Separated 607
Widowed 2,468
Divorced 3,630

Population by age

Under 15 5,946
Age 15 to 24 3,702
Ages 25 to 44 13,847
Ages 45 to 64 11,227
Age 65 and over 6,725

Population mobility

Live in the same house as 1 year ago 36,018
Moved from abroad 61
Moved from a different state 1,434
Moved from the same county 3,092
Moved from the same state 363

Population by poverty level

Above poverty level 37,590
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 3,275


White collar 19,653
Blue collar 3,852

Class of worker

Self employed 2,458
Private company 15,316
Not for profit company 1,805
Government workers 3,926


Total households 16,373
Family households 9,856
Non-family households 6,517
Households with children 4,125
Households without children 12,248
Average people per household 2.52

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

No high school 335
Some high school 7,716
Some college 8,065
Associate degree 2,801
Bachelors degree 11,372
Graduate degree Not available


Average household income $100,428
Median household income $80,755
Median income under 25 $60,842
Median income 25-44 $96,156
Median income 45-64 $87,977
Median income over 65 $52,590

Housing occupancy

Housing units 18,309
Occupied housing units 16,373
Owner occupied units 11,251
Renter occupied units 5,122
Median housing costs per month $1,421
Median gross rent per month $1,379

Housing by year built

Year built median 1984
Built before 1939 250
Built between 1940 and 1949 493
Built between 1950 and 1959 1,709
Built between 1960 and 1969 3,036
Built between 1970 and 1979 2,585
Built between 1980 and 1989 2,938
Built between 1990 and 1999 3,219
Built between 2000 and 2009 2,972
Built after 2010 1,107

Housing mortgage situation

Houses with mortgage 7,757
Houses without mortgage 3,494
Median value with mortgage $329,000
Median value without mortgage $316,800
Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the 2020 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.