Folly Beach, South Carolina

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Folly Beach, South Carolina
Folly Beach
Folly Beach
Location of Folly Beach in South Carolina
Location of Folly Beach in South Carolina
Coordinates: 32°39′58″N 79°56′21″W / 32.66611°N 79.93917°W / 32.66611; -79.93917Coordinates: 32°39′58″N 79°56′21″W / 32.66611°N 79.93917°W / 32.66611; -79.93917
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
Incorporated1938 (town), 1957 (city)
 • MayorTim Goodwin
 • Total18.9 sq mi (48.9 km2)
 • Land12.5 sq mi (32.4 km2)
 • Water6.4 sq mi (16.5 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total2,617
 • Density209/sq mi (80.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code843, 854
FIPS code45-26035[1]
GNIS feature ID1231287[2]

Folly Beach is a public city on Folly Island in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,617 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 2,116 in 2000. Folly Beach is within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Areas.


The Folly North Site (38CH1213) and Secessionville Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


Folly Beach is 11 miles (18 km) south of downtown Charleston at 32°39′58″N 79°56′21″W / 32.66611°N 79.93917°W / 32.66611; -79.93917 (32.666152, -79.939213),[5] along the Atlantic Ocean.

Center Street at Folly Beach

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 18.9 square miles (48.9 km2), of which 12.5 square miles (32.4 km2) is land and 6.4 square miles (16.5 km2), or 33.72%, is water.[3]

Known to Charleston locals as "the Edge of America", Folly Beach is home to numerous surf spots, the most popular being the Washout, 10th Street and the Folly Beach Pier. Despite its usually calm conditions, Folly Beach has gained prominence as one of the more popular surf spots along the East Coast. Folly Beach is an eclectic beach community with surf shops, restaurants, gift shops, offices, and bars along Center Street; the main road and gateway to the community.[6]

Endangered North Atlantic right whales, the state animal of Georgia and South Carolina, migrate along the coast during the migration seasons.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2018 (est.)2,641[8]0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2020 census[edit]

Folly Beach racial composition[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,951 93.89%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 16 0.77%
Native American 4 0.19%
Asian 8 0.38%
Other/Mixed 71 3.42%
Hispanic or Latino 28 1.35%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,078 people, 1,401 households, and 716 families residing in the city.


As of the census of 2019,[11] there were 2,660 people, 1,060 households, and 489 families residing in the city. The population density was 172.7 people per square mile (66.6/km2). There were 1,747 housing units at an average density of 142.5 per square mile (55.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 0.8% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

Under Folly Beach Pier

There were 1,060 households, out of which 13.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.0% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.8% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.51.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 10.9% under the age of 18, 13.6% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,935, and the median income for a family was $66,058. Males had a median income of $76,014 versus $33,450 for females.[11] The per capita income for the city was $30,493. About 4.6% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.


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


Tim Goodwin

Council members[edit]

DJ Rich, Amy Ray, Katherine Houghton, E.D., William Farley, Billy Grooms, and Adam Barker

Voting patterns[edit]

In 2006, the city's residents voted against Amendment 1, which sought to ban same-sex marriage in South Carolina. Statewide, the measure passed by 78% to 22% but the voters of Folly Beach rejected it by 503 votes (49%) to 528 (51%).[12]

County parks[edit]

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) operates numerous facilities in Charleston County. In Folly Beach, the county operates Folly Beach County Park and Folly Beach Fishing Pier.


  1. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Folly beach city, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "En el borde de América". La Agenda - Ideas y cultura en la Ciudad. Retrieved 2020-02-16.
  7. ^ "Rare right whale spotted off Folly Beach - Post and Courier". Archived from the original on 2016-01-19.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  11. ^ a b Bureau, US Census. "Search Results". The United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  12. ^ "Charleston County election results by precinct: 2006 general election".

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