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Summerville SC

Summerville is Dorchester County’s largest community with a population at approximately 28,000, 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 2018, close to 3,000 homes sold in the Summerville, SC area that borders North Charleston and Ridgeville.  The highest sold price was $980,000 for a home located in the Historic District of Summerville. The median sales price was just over $214,000.  

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 60,028
Male population 29,212
Female population 30,816
Median age 35.90
Median age (male) 35.00
Median age (female) 37.40

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

Never married 14,974
Married 25,179
Separated 978
Widowed 2,523
Divorced 4,730

Population by age

Under 15 12,622
Age 15 to 24 7,728
Ages 25 to 44 17,058
Ages 45 to 64 14,561
Age 65 and over 8,059

Population mobility

Live in the same house as 1 year ago 50,719
Moved from abroad 391
Moved from a different state 2,178
Moved from the same county 2,895
Moved from the same state 3,065

Population by poverty level

Above poverty level 53,967
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 4,831


White collar 22,436
Blue collar 6,721

Class of worker

Self employed 2,178
Private company 19,671
Not for profit company 1,428
Government workers 5,880


Total households 20,748
Family households 14,409
Non-family households 6,339
Households with children 7,753
Households without children 12,995
Average people per household 2.89

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

No high school 1,047
Some high school 14,578
Some college 14,536
Associate degree 4,521
Bachelors degree 8,551
Graduate degree Not available


Average household income $82,632
Median household income $66,952
Median income under 25 $39,063
Median income 25-44 $68,889
Median income 45-64 $85,431
Median income over 65 $48,216

Housing occupancy

Housing units 22,135
Occupied housing units 20,748
Owner occupied units 13,998
Renter occupied units 6,750
Median housing costs per month $1,243
Median gross rent per month $1,184

Housing by year built

Year built median 1997
Built before 1939 139
Built between 1940 and 1949 84
Built between 1950 and 1959 416
Built between 1960 and 1969 757
Built between 1970 and 1979 3,270
Built between 1980 and 1989 4,072
Built between 1990 and 1999 3,364
Built between 2000 and 2009 6,993
Built after 2010 3,040

Housing mortgage situation

Houses with mortgage 10,825
Houses without mortgage 3,173
Median value with mortgage $211,000
Median value without mortgage $205,000
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.