Charleston, South Carolina Population 2022

156,255
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Charleston is a city located in Berkeley County and Charleston County South Carolina. Charleston has a 2020 population of 156,255. Charleston is currently growing at a rate of 1.97% annually and its population has increased by 4.01% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 150,227 in 2010.

The average household income in Charleston is $98,288 with a poverty rate of 12.61%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,318 per month, and the median house value is $349,000. The median age in Charleston is 34.8 years, 34.1 years for males, and 36 years for females.

Charleston is the second-largest and oldest city in South Carolina. Located in Charleston County on Charleston Harbor, Charleston has a population of 120,000, although an official 2017 estimate places the population at {pop}.

Charleston Crime Statistics

Charleston was once one of the most dangerous cities in America based on the number of crimes committed per 100,000 people. The crime rate has been declining, however. In 1999, there were 597 crimes per 100,000 people, although the rate dropped to 236/100,000 people by 2011. This compares with the national average of 320/100,000 people.

Charleston Population Growth

Charleston is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. The greater Charleston area has one of the highest growth rates in America as more people move from surrounding counties to enjoy the city's rapidly improving economy. According to new census estimates, the Charleston MSA (or the Tri-County Area) was the 12th fastest-growing metro area in the U.S.

When Charles II of England retook the throne in 1660, he granted a charter to the Province of Carolina and sent the eight Lord Proprietors in 1663. It took several years for them to arrange for expeditions, although the first -- Charles Town -- was founded in 1670. Charles Town (which was later changed to Charleston) was settled by people from Bermuda under governor William Sayle. The settlement quickly became a major port town.

In 1718, the town was attacked by infamous pirate Edward Teach, better known as 'Blackbeard'. As the capital of the colony, Charles Town was the southernmost English settlement in America until the Georgia colony was established decades later. It was subjected to many attacks from France, Spain, and pirates for the 40 years.

Most early settlers were from England, the Barbados colony, and Bermuda. Among the first settlers were free people of color who were born in the West Indies to Englanders and Africans. Even in the beginning, Charleston attracted people from many religious and ethnic groups. It was once home to the richest and largest Jewish community in all of North America until 1830.

Charles Town was the most extensive and wealthiest city south of Philadelphia by the mid-1700s, becoming the 4th largest port in the colonies behind Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Charleston was a significant point in the Revolutionary War. While it lost its status as the state capital in 1786, it became very prosperous with an economy dominated by cotton plantations until the mid-19th century. By 1860, almost 18% of the city's black population were free people of color or nearly 8% of the total population.

Charleston's 300-year history is evident in most neighborhoods, especially the city center, which has a large and well-preserved residential historic area that's popular with tourists. The city's downtown is free of skyscrapers. Instead, Charleston boasts historic plantation homes alongside new retail development.

Charleston Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Charlestonwas:

  • White: 73.88%
  • Black or African American: 20.77%
  • Asian: 2.08%
  • Two or more races: 1.99%
  • Other race: 1.04%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.18%
  • Native American: 0.06%
The current population of Charleston, South Carolina is 156,255 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 150,227.

Charleston, South Carolina Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2010667,4500.00%
2011681,26213,8122.03%
2012696,83915,5772.24%
2013711,27214,4332.03%
2014726,83615,5642.14%
2015745,18518,3492.46%
2016761,57816,3932.15%
2017775,53713,9591.80%
2018788,12212,5851.60%
2019802,12214,0001.75%
2020816,12214,0001.72%
2021830,12214,0001.69%

Charleston Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White101,24773.88%
Black or African American28,46820.77%
American Indian and Alaska Native820.06%
Asian2,8552.08%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2410.18%
Some Other Race1,4191.04%
Two or More Races2,7291.99%
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Charleston Population by Race

Charleston Population Pyramid 2022

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Charleston Median Age

35.3


Total

34.3


Male

36.4


Female

Charleston Adults

There are 114,412 adults, (21,037 of whom are seniors) in Charleston.

Charleston Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

22.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

24.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Charleston Sex Ratio

Female

72,748

53.08%

Male

64,293

46.92%

Charleston Population by Age

Charleston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Charleston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.6%21.4%
All55.4%44.6%
Male47.4%52.6%
Female42.4%57.6%
Non Family38.8%61.2%

55.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Charleston Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All57,2262.2955.4
Married23,1782.9178.6
Male1,2103.247.4
Female5,1513.6942.4
Non Family27,6871.4838.8

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Average Family Size

2.29

Average Household Size

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Charleston Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0361.06%
9th to 12th Grade3,3983.48%
High School Graduate16,83717.24%
Some College15,79916.18%
Associates Degree7,4607.64%
Bachelors Degree32,94033.73%
Graduate Degree20,20120.68%
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Charleston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian2,2152,1451,416
White71,91970,43945,555
2+ Races1,1531,146702
Native American565631
Hispanic2,8752,4981,277
Other Race1,045752425
Black19,27816,8694,219
Islander8725

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 63.93%.

Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$48,553$53,655$41,596
Less Than 9th Grade$23,136$24,282$22,275
High School Graduate$30,223$34,000$25,509
Some College$39,993$49,224$33,346
Bachelors Degree$53,900$61,513$49,645
Graduate Degree$63,330$86,190$54,952

$48,553

Average Earnings

$53,655

Average Male

$41,596

Average Female

Charleston Earnings by Educational Attainment

Charleston Language by Age

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Charleston Language

93.83% of Charleston residents speak only English, while 6.17% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.60% of the population.

Charleston Language

Charleston Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black27,7916,60423.76%
Native621422.58%
Hispanic4,65286818.66%
Multiple2,37637715.87%
Asian2,72228710.54%
White93,7098,5829.16%
Other122NaN%

12.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.26%

Male Poverty Rate

13.77%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charleston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charleston is Black, with 23.76% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Charleston is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.86%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.51%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.27%.

Charleston Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.57%
High School15.06%
Some College7.63%
Bachelors or Greater5.42%

Charleston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed4.15%
Male Unemployed43.08%
Female Employed7.78%
Female Unemployed53.13%

Charleston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Charleston Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$72,071$104,916
Families$100,187$139,043
Married Families$113,615$157,680
Non Families$49,043$67,040
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Income by Household Type

Charleston Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.2%

Male Marriage Rate

39.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Charleston Married by Age and Sex

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Charleston Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Charleston Marital Status by Race

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Charleston Marital Status

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9,105

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War2,059
First Gulf War2,314
Vietnam3,237
Korea620
World War II231

Charleston Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34987
35 to 542,080
55 to 641,915
65 to 742,272
75+1,851

Charleston Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,0197.00%
Black2,77512.63%
Native American67.89%
Asian1405.93%
2+ Races1659.65%
Hispanic1263.45%

Charleston Veterans by Race

Charleston Veterans by Education

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8.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.78%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charleston Veterans by Education

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66.9%

Labor Force Participation

63.7%

Employment Rate

3.4%

Unemployment Rate

Charleston Employment by Age

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Charleston Employment by Race

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Charleston Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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45.36%

Born in Charleston

94.92%

Native Born

5.08%

Foreign Born

2.36%

Non Citizen

2.72%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.92% of Charleston residents were born in the United States, with 45.36% having been born in South Carolina. 2.36% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Charleston Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
179016,3590.00%
180018,8242,4651.41%
181024,7115,8872.76%
182024,780690.03%
183030,2895,5092.03%
184029,261-1,028-0.34%
185042,98513,7243.92%
186040,522-2,463-0.59%
187048,9568,4341.91%
188049,9841,0280.21%
189054,9554,9710.95%
190055,8078520.15%
191058,8333,0260.53%
192067,9579,1241.45%
193062,265-5,692-0.87%
194071,2759,0101.36%
195070,174-1,101-0.16%
196065,925-4,249-0.62%
197066,9451,0200.15%
198069,7792,8340.42%
199080,41410,6351.43%
200096,65016,2361.86%
2010120,08323,4332.19%
2011123,0973,0142.51%
2012126,1113,0142.45%
2013129,1253,0142.39%
2014132,1393,0142.33%
2015135,1533,0142.28%
2016138,1673,0142.23%
2017141,1813,0142.18%
2018144,1953,0142.13%
2019147,2093,0142.09%
2020150,2273,0182.05%
2021153,2413,0142.01%
2022156,2553,0141.97%

Charleston Population by Year