Seabrook Island, South Carolina

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Seabrook Island, South Carolina
Location of Seabrook Island in South Carolinia.
Location of Seabrook Island
in South Carolinia.
Coordinates: 32°34′56″N 80°9′48″W / 32.58222°N 80.16333°W / 32.58222; -80.16333Coordinates: 32°34′56″N 80°9′48″W / 32.58222°N 80.16333°W / 32.58222; -80.16333
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Charleston
 • Mayor Pro-Tem Terry Ahearn
 • Total 7.1 sq mi (18.4 km2)
 • Land 6.1 sq mi (15.8 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,250
 • Density 206/sq mi (79.5/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29455
Area code(s) 843
FIPS code 45-64712[1]
GNIS feature ID 1253570[2]

Seabrook Island is a town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,250 at the 2000 census.

As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Seabrook Island is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area.


Seabrook Island is located at 32°34′56″N 80°9′48″W / 32.58222°N 80.16333°W / 32.58222; -80.16333 (32.582173, -80.163332).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.4 km²), of which, 6.1 square miles (15.7 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²) of it (14.39%) is water.


In 1666, British subject Lt. Col. Robert Sanford arrived on Seabrook as an explorer in royal service to King Charles II. By 1684, the local Stono Indians were persuaded to cede their lands to the proprietary government, which in turn sold the property to English settlers.

During the American Revolutionary years, the island was used as a staging area for Hessian and British troops. In 1816, the island was sold to William Seabrook of nearby Edisto Island, hence the present name. Under Seabrook’s ownership, the island was used for growing cotton. At the height of the Civil War, Seabrook sold the island to William Gregg who rented the land to Charles Andell.

After the turn of the century, the island was sold to sportsmen for hunting, fishing, and recreation. In 1939, the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina rented land on Seabrook to establish a summer camp for underprivileged children. In 1951, about 1,408 acres (5.70 km2) of land were given to the church.

In 1970, the diocese sold about 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) to private developers who planned the private, residential community that Seabrook Island is today. Eighteen years later, the town of Seabrook was incorporated, and it celebrated a decade of private ownership and self-government in 1997.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,250 people, 660 households, and 465 families residing in the town. The population density was 206.0 people per square mile (79.5/km²). There were 1,649 housing units at an average density of 271.7 per square mile (104.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.04% White, 1.44% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 660 households out of which 3.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 2.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.86 and the average family size was 2.14.

In the town the population was spread out with 3.0% under the age of 18, 3.1% from 18 to 24, 11.8% from 25 to 44, 40.9% from 45 to 64, and 41.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 62 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $66,548, and the median income for a family was $84,392. Males had a median income of $50,446 versus $40,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $49,863. About 2.1% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.


The city is run by an elected Mayor-council government system.


Terrence Ahearn

Council Members[edit]

Ronald Ciancio (Mayor Pro Tem), John Gregg, Donald Romano, John Turner


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