North Charleston, South Carolina Population 2020

115,383

North Charleston is a city located in South Carolina. With a 2020 population of 115,383, it is the 3rd largest city in South Carolina (after Phoenix and Charleston) and the 256th largest city in the United States. North Charleston is currently growing at a rate of 0.94% annually and its population has increased by 18.38% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 97,471 in 2010. Spanning over 81 miles, North Charleston has a population density of 1,489 people per square mile.

The average household income in North Charleston is $56,444 with a poverty rate of 22.85%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,004 per month, and the median house value is $164,600. The median age in North Charleston is 32.5 years, 31.5 years for males, and 33.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.5 males.

North Charleston Demographics

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

  • White: 46.16%
  • Black or African American: 46.02%
  • Two or more races: 3.60%
  • Asian: 2.08%
  • Other race: 1.77%
  • Native American: 0.31%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of North Charleston, South Carolina is 115,383, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 113,237.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 97,471.

North Charleston, South Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020812,75112,5541.54%
2019800,19712,5541.57%
2018787,64312,5541.59%
2017775,08913,6071.76%
2016761,48216,2942.14%
2015745,18818,3512.46%
2014726,83715,5712.14%
2013711,26614,4712.03%
2012696,79515,6212.24%
2011681,17413,7342.02%
2010667,4400.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White50,72446.16%
Black or African American50,56946.02%
Two or More Races3,9563.60%
Asian2,2862.08%
Some Other Race1,9491.77%
American Indian and Alaska Native3400.31%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander620.06%

North Charleston Population Pyramid 2020

North Charleston Median Age

32.5


Total

31.5


Male

33.5


Female

North Charleston Adults

There are 82,377 adults, (11,263 of whom are seniors) in North Charleston.

North Charleston Age Dependency

54.5

Age Dependency Ratio

15.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.7

Child Dependency Ratio

North Charleston Sex Ratio

Female

55,909

50.88%

Male

53,977

49.12%

North Charleston Households and Families

North Charleston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

North Charleston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married62.2%37.8%
All44.2%55.8%
Male40.3%59.7%
Non Family36.8%63.2%
Female30.6%69.4%

44.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All41,0042.5544.2
Non Family17,7581.2936.8
Married13,5903.3662.2
Female7,9643.7430.6
Male1,6923.6240.3

3.42

Average Family Size

2.55

Average Household Size

5.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

North Charleston Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,1434.43%
9th to 12th Grade8,20511.56%
High School Graduate22,09231.13%
Some College14,81020.87%
Associates Degree7,09510.00%
Bachelors Degree11,04915.57%
Graduate Degree4,5676.44%

North Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black31,24225,2124,434
White30,67328,5479,551
Hispanic6,1803,458615
Asian1,6021,312672
Multiple Races1,3811,218409
Other Race1,077565165
Native American1761509
Islander3030

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 41.95%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,505$34,450$27,143
Less Than High School$19,045$20,832$14,529
High School Grad$25,742$30,080$21,404
Some College$31,358$37,099$28,637
Bachelors Degree$46,419$59,717$38,012
Graduate Degree$53,468$60,772$48,627

$30,505

Average Earnings

$34,450

Average Male

$27,143

Average Female

North Charleston Language

North Charleston Language by Age

North Charleston Language

87.80% of North Charleston residents speak only English, while 12.20% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.73% of the population.

North Charleston Poverty

North Charleston Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black47,85314,80530.94%
White39,7874,22610.62%
Hispanic11,2644,08136.23%
Other1,94986044.13%
Multiple3,64646712.81%
Asian2,24726211.66%
Native33514242.39%
Islander3232100.00%

22.85%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.79%

Male Poverty Rate

24.72%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in North Charleston

The race most likely to be in poverty in North Charleston is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in North Charleston is White, with 10.62% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.39%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.20%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.35%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.73%
High School22.13%
Some College12.57%
Bachelors or Greater5.33%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed47.88%
Male Unemployed36.72%
Female Employed13.26%
Male Employed9.04%

North Charleston Income

North Charleston Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,316$56,444
Families$52,838$68,255
Married Families$74,695$88,269
Non Families$29,209$38,844

North Charleston Marital Status

North Charleston Marital Status

Marriage Rates

35.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.9%

Male Marriage Rate

33.5%

Female Marriage Rate

North Charleston Married by Age and Sex

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

North Charleston Veterans

8,858

Number of Veterans

7,557

Male Veterans

1,301

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War2,805
Second Gulf War2,676
Vietnam2,333
Korea322
World War II66
Name Veterans % of Total
White5,22013.32%
Black3,2749.14%
Hispanic2663.57%
2 or More1336.91%
Asian1206.95%
Other685.46%
Indian4319.11%

$North Charleston Veterans by Education

11.67%

Veteran Poverty Rate

20.60%

Veteran Disability Rate

North Charleston Employment Status

66%

Labor Force Participation

59.2%

Employment Rate

6.6%

Unemployment Rate

North Charleston Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

57.20%

Born in South Carolina

92.03%

Native Born

7.97%

Foreign Born

5.91%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.03% of North Charleston residents were born in the United States, with 57.20% having been born in South Carolina. 5.91% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020115,3831,0730.94%
2019114,3101,0730.95%
2018113,2372,3052.08%
2017110,9321,0730.98%
2016109,8591,1621.07%
2015108,6971,8651.75%
2014106,8322,7362.63%
2013104,0962,0822.04%
2012102,0142,1192.12%
201199,8951,9562.00%
201097,93918,2982.09%
200079,6419,4231.27%
199070,2187,7391.17%
198062,47938,9795.01%
196023,50021,00011.86%
19402,5000.00%