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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 39,645
Male population 19,130
Female population 20,515
Median age 39.80
Median age (male) 39.20
Median age (female) 40.80
Marital status (Number of people who have the following marital status)
Never married 10,916
Married 16,600
Separated 571
Widowed 2,317
Divorced 3,985
Population by age
Under 15 5,827
Age 15 to 24 3,780
Ages 25 to 44 12,664
Ages 45 to 64 10,799
Age 65 and over 6,575
Population mobility
Live in the same house as 1 year ago 33,847
Moved from abroad 68
Moved from a different state 1,475
Moved from the same county 3,446
Moved from the same state 411
Population by poverty level
Above poverty level 35,688
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 3,432
White collar 19,234
Blue collar 3,329
Class of worker
Self employed 2,562
Private company 14,599
Not for profit company 1,628
Government workers 3,774
Total households 16,502
Family households 9,712
Non-family households 6,790
Households with children 3,841
Households without children 12,661
Average people per household 2.39
Education (Number of people who have achieved the following levels of education)
No high school 168
Some high school 7,898
Some college 7,745
Associate degree 2,570
Bachelors degree 10,114
Graduate degree 5,699
Average household income $91,968
Median household income $71,820
Median income under 25 $0
Median income 25-44 $84,916
Median income 45-64 $83,954
Median income over 65 $50,111
Housing occupancy
Housing units 18,369
Occupied housing units 16,502
Owner occupied units 11,571
Renter occupied units 4,931
Median housing costs per month $1,280
Median gross rent per month $1,225
Housing by year built
Year built median 1982
Built before 1939 427
Built between 1940 and 1949 575
Built between 1950 and 1959 1,765
Built between 1960 and 1969 3,265
Built between 1970 and 1979 2,570
Built between 1980 and 1989 3,053
Built between 1990 and 1999 2,963
Built between 2000 and 2009 3,105
Built after 2010 646
Housing mortgage situation
Houses with mortgage 7,852
Houses without mortgage 3,719
Median value with mortgage $291,300
Median value without mortgage $246,700
Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the 2017 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.