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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 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 40,275
Male population 19,366
Female population 20,909
Median age 40.20
Median age (male) 40.20
Median age (female) 40.20
Marital status (Number of people who have the following marital status)
Never married 11,261
Married 17,036
Separated 548
Widowed 2,292
Divorced 3,926
Population by age
Under 15 5,760
Age 15 to 24 3,641
Ages 25 to 44 13,243
Ages 45 to 64 10,918
Age 65 and over 6,713
Population mobility
Live in the same house as 1 year ago 34,951
Moved from abroad 37
Moved from a different state 1,196
Moved from the same county 3,286
Moved from the same state 366
Population by poverty level
Above poverty level 36,740
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 3,005
White collar 19,773
Blue collar 3,557
Class of worker
Self employed 2,629
Private company 15,189
Not for profit company 1,802
Government workers 3,710
Total households 16,539
Family households 9,883
Non-family households 6,656
Households with children 3,916
Households without children 12,623
Average people per household 2.43
Education (Number of people who have achieved the following levels of education)
No high school 157
Some high school 7,559
Some college 8,116
Associate degree 2,810
Bachelors degree 10,694
Graduate degree Not available
Average household income $97,667
Median household income $74,664
Median income under 25 $40,515
Median income 25-44 $92,319
Median income 45-64 $83,114
Median income over 65 $50,680
Housing occupancy
Housing units 18,502
Occupied housing units 16,539
Owner occupied units 11,505
Renter occupied units 5,034
Median housing costs per month $1,358
Median gross rent per month $1,329
Housing by year built
Year built median 1983
Built before 1939 272
Built between 1940 and 1949 518
Built between 1950 and 1959 1,573
Built between 1960 and 1969 3,196
Built between 1970 and 1979 2,537
Built between 1980 and 1989 3,303
Built between 1990 and 1999 3,251
Built between 2000 and 2009 3,046
Built after 2010 806
Housing mortgage situation
Houses with mortgage 7,804
Houses without mortgage 3,701
Median value with mortgage $310,400
Median value without mortgage $257,400
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.