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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 2022, over 700 homes sold on James Island, ranging in price from $3,250,000 for a deepwater home to $142,000 for a three bedroom, one bath "fixer upper".  21 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 41,033
Male population 19,866
Female population 21,167
Median age 39.80
Median age (male) 39.20
Median age (female) 40.60

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

Never married 10,996
Married 17,689
Separated 352
Widowed 1,914
Divorced 3,621

Population by age

Under 15 6,813
Age 15 to 24 3,693
Ages 25 to 44 13,042
Ages 45 to 64 10,522
Age 65 and over 6,963

Population mobility

Live in the same house as 1 year ago 35,511
Moved from abroad 26
Moved from a different state 1,505
Moved from the same county 2,988
Moved from the same state 692

Population by poverty level

Above poverty level 38,044
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 2,611


White collar 19,619
Blue collar 3,764

Class of worker

Self employed 2,535
Private company 15,699
Not for profit company 1,578
Government workers 3,571


Total households 16,397
Family households 10,072
Non-family households 6,325
Households with children 4,457
Households without children 11,940
Average people per household 2.49

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

No high school 320
Some high school 7,539
Some college 7,542
Associate degree 2,284
Bachelors degree 11,857
Graduate degree 5,231


Average household income $119,434
Median household income $87,763
Median income under 25 $36,478
Median income 25-44 $105,659
Median income 45-64 $98,077
Median income over 65 $70,429

Housing occupancy

Housing units 18,441
Occupied housing units 16,397
Owner occupied units 11,691
Renter occupied units 4,706
Median housing costs per month $1,581
Median gross rent per month $1,570

Housing by year built

Year built median 1987
Built before 1939 419
Built between 1940 and 1949 378
Built between 1950 and 1959 1,366
Built between 1960 and 1969 2,930
Built between 1970 and 1979 2,106
Built between 1980 and 1989 3,010
Built between 1990 and 1999 3,038
Built between 2000 and 2009 3,302
Built after 2010 1,892

Housing mortgage situation

Houses with mortgage 8,070
Houses without mortgage 3,621
Median value with mortgage $364,600
Median value without mortgage $350,100
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.