Folly Beach, South Carolina
|Folly Beach, South Carolina|
Location of Folly Beach in
|• Mayor||Tim Goodwin|
|• Total||18.6 sq mi (48.3 km2)|
|• Land||12.3 sq mi (31.8 km2)|
|• Water||6.4 sq mi (16.5 km2)|
|Elevation||16 ft (5 m)|
|• Density||172/sq mi (66.6/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1231287|
Folly Beach is located at (32.666152, -79.939213).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48 km2), of which, 12.3 square miles (32 km2) of it is land and 6.4 square miles (17 km2) of it (34.23%) is water.
Known to Charleston locals as “the Edge of America”, Folly Beach is home to numerous surf spots, the most popular being the Washout, 10th Street and the Folly Beach Pier. Despite its usually calm conditions, Folly Beach has gained prominence as one of the more popular surf spots along the East Coast. Folly Beach is an eclectic beach community with surf shops, restaurants, gift shops, offices, and bars along Center Street; the main road and gateway to the community.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,116 people, 1,060 households, and 489 families residing in the city. The population density was 172.7 people per square mile (66.6/km²). There were 1,747 housing units at an average density of 142.5 per square mile (55.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.64% White, 0.76% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.
There were 1,060 households out of which 13.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.0% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.8% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.51.
In the city the age distribution of the population shows 10.9% under the age of 18, 13.6% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $46,935, and the median income for a family was $66,058. Males had a median income of $34,125 versus $30,075 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,493. About 4.6% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
The city is run by an elected strong Mayor-council government system.
Paul Hume, Pennell Clamp, Tom Scruggs, Dale Stuckey, Eddie Ellis, and Sandra Hickman
In 2006, the city’s residents voted against Amendment 1, which sought to ban same-sex marriage in South Carolina. Statewide, the measure passed by 78% to 22% but the voters of Folly Beach rejected it by 503 votes (49%) to 528 (51%).
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC)  operates numerous facilities within Charleston County.
- Kiawah Beachwalker County Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
- Isle of Palms County Park, Isle of Palms, South Carolina
- Folly Beach County Park, Folly Beach, South Carolina
- Folly Beach Fishing Pier, Folly Beach, South Carolina
- Mt. Pleasant Pier, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Marinas and boat landings:
- Cooper River Marina
- Multiple county-wide boat landings
- Palmetto Islands County Park, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
- Caw Caw Nature and History Interpretive Center, Ravenel, South Carolina
- North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston, South Carolina
- Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island, South Carolina
- James Island County Park, Charleston, South Carolina
- Splash Island at Palmetto Islands County Park
- Splash Zone at James Island County Park
- Whirlin’ Waters at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park
Off-leash dog parks are offered at James Island, Palmetto Islands, and North Charleston Wannamaker County Park.
James Island County Park, features a 50-foot climbing wall and bouldering cave; cabin, RV, and tent camping facilities; rental facilities, fishing dock, challenge course, kayaking programs, summer camps, paved trails, and many special events such as the Lowcountry Cajun Festival (usually the first weekend in April), East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival (3rd weekend in April), Holiday Festival of Lights (mid-November through the first of the year), and the summer outdoor reggae concerts.