North Charleston, South Carolina Population 2021

119,992
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North Charleston is a city located in Berkeley County, Charleston County, and Dorchester County South Carolina. With a 2020 population of 119,992, it is the 3rd largest city in South Carolina (after Charleston and Columbia) and the 242nd largest city in the United States . North Charleston is currently growing at a rate of 1.96% annually and its population has increased by 23.11% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 97,471 in 2010. North Charleston reached it's highest population of 119,992 in 2021. Spanning over 81 miles, North Charleston has a population density of 1,548 people per square mile.

The average household income in North Charleston is $60,738 with a poverty rate of 20.96%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,051 per month, and the median house value is $174,800. The median age in North Charleston is 33 years, 31.5 years for males, and 33.8 years for females.

North Charleston Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of North Charleston was:

  • White: 45.88%
  • Black or African American: 44.79%
  • Two or more races: 3.48%
  • Other race: 3.34%
  • Asian: 2.08%
  • Native American: 0.32%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
The current population of North Charleston, South Carolina is 119,992 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 113,077.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 97,471.

North Charleston, South Carolina Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

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

North Charleston Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White51,15445.88%
Black or African American49,93944.79%
Two or More Races3,8833.48%
Some Other Race3,7223.34%
Asian2,3162.08%
American Indian and Alaska Native3620.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1250.11%
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North Charleston Population by Race

North Charleston Population Pyramid $2021

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North Charleston Median Age

33


Total

31.5


Male

33.8


Female

North Charleston Adults

There are 84,028 adults, (11,927 of whom are seniors) in North Charleston.

North Charleston Age Dependency

54.6

Age Dependency Ratio

16.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.1

Child Dependency Ratio

North Charleston Sex Ratio

Female

56,815

50.95%

Male

54,686

49.05%

North Charleston Population by Age

North Charleston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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North Charleston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married62.7%37.3%
All44.8%55.2%
Male41.8%58.2%
Non Family38.1%61.9%
Female31.1%68.9%

44.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

North Charleston Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All41,8742.5344.8
Non Family19,2501.3138.1
Married13,3703.4262.7
Female7,6523.8331.1
Male1,6023.5741.8

3.46

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

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North Charleston Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,4294.72%
9th to 12th Grade8,30311.42%
High School Graduate22,26930.64%
Some College14,72420.26%
Associates Degree7,36410.13%
Bachelors Degree11,81016.25%
Graduate Degree4,7856.58%
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North Charleston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

North Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White31,46129,27810,131
Black31,38025,3194,614
Hispanic6,8343,941717
Other Race2,272963210
Asian1,5401,127688
2+ Races1,4691,305449
Native American1731526
Islander76725

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 94.74%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 44.68%.

North Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,182$38,030$27,899
Less Than 9th Grade$19,394$22,795$15,094
High School Graduate$25,875$31,104$21,794
Some College$34,392$38,985$30,168
Bachelors Degree$50,193$62,715$39,134
Graduate Degree$54,825$64,568$51,728

$32,182

Average Earnings

$38,030

Average Male

$27,899

Average Female

North Charleston Earnings by Educational Attainment

North Charleston Language by Age

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North Charleston Language

86.48% of North Charleston residents speak only English, while 13.52% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.79% of the population.

North Charleston Language

North Charleston Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black47,35812,88127.20%
White40,4624,31410.66%
Hispanic12,1673,96432.58%
Other3,6111,03228.58%
Multiple3,59786023.91%
Asian2,2881868.13%
Native36216445.30%
Islander67913.43%

20.96%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.79%

Male Poverty Rate

22.93%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in North Charleston

The race most likely to be in poverty in North Charleston is Native, with 45.30% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in North Charleston is Asian, with 8.13% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.60%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.47%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.68%.

North Charleston Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade31.49%
High School21.22%
Some College11.40%
Bachelors or Greater4.89%

North Charleston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed39.73%
Male Unemployed39.43%
Female Employed12.08%
Male Employed7.05%

North Charleston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

North Charleston Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$45,510$60,738
Families$58,170$72,615
Married Families$80,150$94,439
Non Families$31,990$44,378
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Income by Household Type

North Charleston Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

34.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.0%

Male Marriage Rate

32.1%

Female Marriage Rate

North Charleston Married by Age and Sex

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North 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.

North Charleston Marital Status by Race

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North Charleston Marital Status

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8,748

Number of Veterans

7,509

Male Veterans

1,239

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War2,885
Second Gulf War2,869
Vietnam2,254
Korea324
World War II48

North Charleston Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,779
55 to 642,114
65 to 741,672
18 to 341,311
75+872

North Charleston Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,02812.78%
Black3,3559.41%
Hispanic2913.63%
2+ Races19310.35%
Asian734.22%
Other Race672.56%
Native American3213.85%

North Charleston Veterans by Race

North Charleston Veterans by Education

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10.49%

Veteran Poverty Rate

20.96%

Veteran Disability Rate

North Charleston Veterans by Education

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66.8%

Labor Force Participation

60.7%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

North Charleston Employment by Age

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North Charleston Employment by Race

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North 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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55.54%

Born in North Charleston

90.36%

Native Born

9.64%

Foreign Born

7.05%

Non Citizen

2.59%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.36% of North Charleston residents were born in the United States, with 55.54% having been born in South Carolina. 7.05% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

North Charleston Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021119,9922,3051.96%
2020117,6872,3052.00%
2019115,3822,3052.04%
2018113,0772,2572.04%
2017110,8201,0820.99%
2016109,7381,1411.05%
2015108,5971,8431.73%
2014106,7542,7042.60%
2013104,0502,0562.02%
2012101,9942,0962.10%
201199,8981,9491.99%
201097,94918,3082.09%
200079,6419,4231.27%
199070,2187,7391.17%
198062,47938,9795.01%
196023,50021,00011.86%
19402,5000.00%

North Charleston Population by Year