Hanahan, South Carolina

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Hanahan, South Carolina
Official seal of Hanahan, South Carolina
Hanahan is located in South Carolina
Location within the state of South Carolina
Coordinates: 32°55′1″N 79°59′45″W / 32.91694°N 79.99583°W / 32.91694; -79.99583Coordinates: 32°55′1″N 79°59′45″W / 32.91694°N 79.99583°W / 32.91694; -79.99583
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
 • Total11.55 sq mi (29.91 km2)
 • Land10.52 sq mi (27.24 km2)
 • Water1.03 sq mi (2.66 km2)
52 ft (16 m)
 • Total20,325
 • Density1,932.22/sq mi (746.07/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)843, 854
FIPS code45-32065[3]
GNIS feature ID1223013[4]

Hanahan is a city in Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 12,937 at the 2000 census. The 2010 census puts the population at 17,997.[5] Portions of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston, including the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, are located in Hanahan. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Hanahan is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area


Interactive map of Hanahan city limits

Hanahan is located at the very south end of Berkeley County, and its city limits on the west and south sides are contiguous with the county line between Berkeley and Charleston counties. It was incorporated as a city in 1973.

Hanahan is bordered on the west and south by the city of North Charleston. To the east is the old Naval Weapons Station, which was formerly a submarine base, and is still federal property. A very small portion of this federal base is actually in Hanahan's city limits. Among other uses of the former submarine base, the Naval Consolidated Brig is there, as is the Navy's Nuclear Power School. To the east and north is the city of Goose Creek, as well as unincorporated portions of Berkeley County.

CSX Transportation has a main north-south track that runs along Hanahan's west city limit. Hanahan is primarily a residential city. It does have quite a number of major warehouses in the northeast and southeast portions of the city, most of whose business is tied directly to the Port of Charleston, aeronautics, logistics and the defense industries. There are two commercial districts, one in the southernmost section of the city and another in Tanner Plantation. There has been some commercial development in the area known as Tanner Plantation, a primarily residential portion of the city which has developed over about the last 15 years. Hanahan's proximity to rail and major roadways make it an ideal place for cargo warehousing.

The Otranto Plantation was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (29.8 km2), of which 10.7 square miles (27.7 km2) is land and 0.81 square miles (2.1 km2), or 7.14%, is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[7][2]

With a population of 19,597, Hanahan is a growing city.[8]

2020 census[edit]

Hanahan racial composition[9]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 13,136 64.63%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,397 11.79%
Native American 50 0.25%
Asian 869 4.28%
Pacific Islander 19 0.09%
Other/Mixed 1,184 5.83%
Hispanic or Latino 2,670 13.14%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 20,325 people, 8,891 households, and 6,031 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

In the census of 2000,[3] there were 12,937 people (13,818 in 2005 estimate), 5,243 households, and 3,339 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,284.7 people per square mile (496.0/km2). There were 5,698 housing units at an average density of 565.8 per square mile (218.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 70.6% White, 17.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.17% of the population.

There were 5,243 households, out of which 27.9% have youngsters under age 18 years living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 21.0% under the age of 18, 13.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 112.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,327, and the median income for a family was $45,246. Males had a median income of $30,354 versus $22,374 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,629. About 6.0% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The form of government is council. The council is the governing body of the city, with the city administrator being hired by, and serving at the pleasure of, the city council. The council and mayor are elected by the voters. The mayor is a first among equals on the council, presiding over council meetings and representing the city at official functions. The council hires and fires department heads. The mayor and council members, though paid a small salary, are not full-time, but are citizens with other jobs.

The Hanahan Fire Department operates three stations. Station 1 is located at 5826 Campbell Street, Station 2 is located at 1200 S. Basilica Avenue, and Station 3 is located at 1101 Williams Lane in the fast-growing Tanner Plantation area. The department operates two engine companies, one tower company, one medic unit, and one battalion officer vehicle manned by the shift officer.

The Hanahan Police Department operates a 40-person Department complete with a dispatch center, animal control officers, community service officer, community youth officer and two School Resource Officers. The patrol division operates on four, twelve hour shifts with a Sergeant and a Corporal overseeing the operations of each shift.

Portions of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston, including the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, are located in Hanahan.[10][11]

Armed Forces[edit]

Portions of The Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan area, (The City of Charleston, The City of North Charleston, The City of Goose Creek, and The City of Hanahan) are home to branches of the United States Military. During the Cold War, the Naval Base (1902–1996) became the third largest U.S. homeport serving over 80 ships and submarines. In addition, the Charleston Naval Shipyard repaired frigates, destroyers, cruisers, sub tenders, and submarines. The Shipyard was also equipped for the refueling of nuclear subs.

During this period, the Weapons Station was the Atlantic Fleet's load out base for all nuclear ballistic missile submarines. Two SSBN "Boomer" squadrons and a sub tender were homeported at the Weapons Station, while one SSN attack squadron, Submarine Squadron 4, and a sub tender were homeported at the Naval Base. At the 1996 closure of the Station's Polaris Missile Facility Atlantic (POMFLANT), over 2,500 nuclear warheads and their UGM-27 Polaris, UGM-73 Poseidon, and UGM-96 Trident I delivery missiles (SLBM) were stored and maintained, guarded by a U.S. Marine Corps Security Force Company.

In 2010, the Air Force Base (3,877 acres) and Naval Weapons Station (>17,000 acres) merged to form Joint Base Charleston. Today, Joint Base Charleston, encompassing over 20,877 acres and supporting 53 Military Commands and Federal Agencies, provides service to over 79,000 Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, DOD civilians, dependents, and retirees.


Air Force[edit]

  • Charleston Air Force Base, Joint Base Charleston (3,877 acres, 6.06 square miles), North Charleston
  • Charleston Air Force Auxiliary Base, North, SC (2,393 acres, 3.74 square miles)
  • Charleston Defense Fuel Storage and Distribution Facility, Hanahan
  • 628th Air Base Wing
  • 628th Mission Support Group
  • 628th Medical Group
  • 315th Airlift Wing
  • 437th Airlift Wing
  • 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 5
  • 1st Combat Camera Squadron
  • 412th Logistics Support Squadron OL-AC
  • Air Force ROTC Det 772
  • Civil Air Patrol – Charleston Composite Squadron


  • Marine Corps Reserve Center, Naval Weapons Station

Coast Guard[edit]


  • United States Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District
  • South Carolina Army National Guard
  • Army Reserve Training Center, Naval Weapons Station
  • 841st Army Transportation Battalion, Naval Weapons Station
  • 1182nd Army Deployment & Distribution Support Battalion, Naval Weapons Station
  • 1189th Army Transportation Brigade, Reserve Support Command, Naval Weapons Station
  • Army Strategic Logistics Activity, Naval Weapons Station

Federal Complex (former Charleston Naval Base), North Charleston[edit]

  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), Department of Homeland Security
  • Moored FLETC Training Ship, SS Cape Chalmers (T-AK-5036)
  • Sea Hawk Interagency Operations Center
  • Customs and Border Protection Satellite Academy
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Satellite Academy
  • U.S. Courts, Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Academy
  • Food and Drug Administration Training Academy
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • NOAAS Nancy Foster (R 352) Ship
  • NOAAS Ronald H. Brown (R 104) Ship
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Global Financial Services Center, U.S. Department of State
  • Passport Service Center, U.S. Department of State
  • United States Maritime Administration


Hanahan has three public schools for school aged children. Hanahan Elementary and Hanahan Middle School were both awarded National Blue Ribbon Award status by the U.S. Department of Education in 2014.[12] Out of 5 schools in the entire state, Hanahan has two of them. Hanahan also continues to cultivate some of the best softball and baseball players in the state. Both the 9- and 11-year-old girls team won the Dixie Ponytails World Series Softball Championship in 2013 [13] as well as the Dixie Angles World Series Softball Championship.[14]

Hanahan has a public library, a branch of the Berkeley County Library System.[15]

Arts and culture[edit]

Yeamans Hall Club is located in Hanahan. Yeamans is ranked the #2 private course in the State of South Carolina. and was built in 1925.

Fishing and water sports are a large part of life in Hanahan. With several neighborhoods that have tidal water behind them,[16] Hanahan has direct access to the Cooper River and the Charleston Harbor. Fishing is a very popular thing to do in Hanahan. The Goose Creek Reservoir[17] is located in the middle of Hanahan. The Reservoir contains a wide range of fish species and hosts several tournaments per year.

Opened in 2013, the Hanahan Amphitheater[18] is an outdoor community theater that hosts city run events, movies in the park and concerts. The Amphitheater is complete with concessions, setup for professional audio/video events and host weddings and other community events.


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