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Summerville SC

Summerville is Dorchester County’s largest community with a population at approximately 30,000, is recognized as the home of all high schools in America’s most winning football coach, Summerville High School’s John McKissick. The Dorchester 2 school district has the distinction of district average composite SAT scores of 1022, which surpassed the national average (1021) and state average (985). The Summerville Dorchester 2 School District average ranks tenth in the state of South Carolina.

Summerville is a town considered by many as a distant suburb of Charleston; and has thus experienced rapid population growth. Summerville is the largest town in Dorchester County, northwest of Charleston, South Carolina.  The Town of Summerville is also fondly known as the "Flowertown in the Pines," so named because of its situation on a dry, sandy ridge, amidst pine trees that charge the air with fragrant derivatives of turpentine. Summerville was originally settled in the early 18th century as Charleston residents discovered that the higher land and pine forests provided respite from the oppressive heat and that came with summer. Most of today's beautiful old homes of Summerville had their origin as summer cottages for the first families of historic Charleston.

Summerville’s annual arts and crafts event, the YMCA Flowertown Festival, held each April, draws over 25,000 people each spring and is the largest open air show of its kind in the Southeast. Other popular Summerville events include Sculpture in the South and theatrical performances by the Flowertown Players. Woodlands Resort & Inn is one of only three lodging properties in America to be awarded the Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond awards for both lodging and dining. This luxury retreat located in the heart of Summerville, is only 30 minutes from Charleston’s historic district.

In 1899, a world congress of medical specialists in the field of respiratory disease gathered in Paris. The group named Summerville one of the two best areas in the world for the cure of lung and throat disorders. One inn after another sprang up as the town quickly became a favorite winter resort for Northern visitors who came to enjoy the mild climate and hunting season. The most famous, the Pine Forest Inn, in Summerville, sometimes served as the winter White House for Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.

Some residents may still come to Summerville for pulmonary relief, but most come for its mild climate, excellent Dorchester County schools, healthcare, a vibrant downtown, a variety of housing options, small-town friendliness and the proximity to historic Charleston and the beaches.       

Summerville Real Estate

In 2022, close to 3,000 homes sold in the Summerville, SC area that borders North Charleston and Ridgeville.  The highest sold price was $1,880,000 for a home located in the Historic District of Summerville. The median sales price was just over $314,000.  

For more information regarding specific neighborhoods in the Summerville 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

Summerville Census Information

This information is for the area in Summerville located in Dorchester County 29485


Total population 60,321
Male population 29,512
Female population 30,809
Median age 35.80
Median age (male) 34.60
Median age (female) 37.00

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

Never married 13,689
Married 25,613
Separated 814
Widowed 2,267
Divorced 4,808

Population by age

Under 15 13,944
Age 15 to 24 7,032
Ages 25 to 44 16,707
Ages 45 to 64 14,300
Age 65 and over 8,338

Population mobility

Live in the same house as 1 year ago 51,151
Moved from abroad 360
Moved from a different state 2,309
Moved from the same county 1,838
Moved from the same state 3,600

Population by poverty level

Above poverty level 53,348
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 5,421


White collar 21,902
Blue collar 6,672

Class of worker

Self employed 2,731
Private company 19,343
Not for profit company 1,235
Government workers 5,265


Total households 21,364
Family households 14,974
Non-family households 6,390
Households with children 8,120
Households without children 13,244
Average people per household 2.82

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

No high school 946
Some high school 13,070
Some college 14,182
Associate degree 4,668
Bachelors degree 9,467
Graduate degree 4,733


Average household income $92,756
Median household income $76,290
Median income under 25 $49,082
Median income 25-44 $79,764
Median income 45-64 $92,804
Median income over 65 $57,154

Housing occupancy

Housing units 23,143
Occupied housing units 21,364
Owner occupied units 14,890
Renter occupied units 6,474
Median housing costs per month $1,343
Median gross rent per month $1,265

Housing by year built

Year built median 2000
Built before 1939 48
Built between 1940 and 1949 40
Built between 1950 and 1959 175
Built between 1960 and 1969 949
Built between 1970 and 1979 3,434
Built between 1980 and 1989 3,588
Built between 1990 and 1999 3,380
Built between 2000 and 2009 8,389
Built after 2010 3,140

Housing mortgage situation

Houses with mortgage 11,557
Houses without mortgage 3,333
Median value with mortgage $252,900
Median value without mortgage $235,300
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.