Charleston demographics profile

StatisticCharlestonSouth CarolinaNational
Population density (sq mi)1,19114891
Median age34.038.837.7
Male/Female ratio0.9:10.9:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)46%56%55%
Families w/ Kids under 1838%40%43%
Speak English95%93%79%
Speak Spanish2%4%13%
Charleston, SC has a population of 129,888 and is the 205th largest city in the United States. The population density is 1,191 per sq mi which is 708% higher than the South Carolina average and 1215% higher than the national average. The median age in Charleston is 34 which is approximately 12% lower than the South Carolina average of 39. In Charleston, 46% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 95% speak English and 2% speak Spanish. 49% of Charleston residents were born in South Carolina, 45% were born out of state, 1% were born outside of the United States and 4% were foreign born.

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  • The population density in Charleston is 708% higher than South Carolina.
  • The median age in Charleston is 12% lower than South Carolina.
  • In Charleston 73.17% of the population is White.
  • In Charleston 23.24% of the population is Black or African American.
  • In Charleston 1.56% of the population is Asian.

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Charleston population breakdown by race

RaceCharlestonSouth CarolinaNational
Black or African American23.24%27.35%12.63%
American Indian0.11%0.32%0.82%
Native Hawaiian0.01%0.06%0.18%
Mixed race1.66%2.07%3.06%
Other race0.25%1.51%4.75%
In Charleston, 2.8% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

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Source: The Charleston, SC demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).