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Folly Beach, South Carolina
Folly Beach
Folly Beach
Location of Folly Beach inSouth Carolina
Location of Folly Beach in
South Carolina
Coordinates: 32°39′58″N 79°56′21″WCoordinates: 32°39′58″N 79°56′21″W
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Charleston
 • 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)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,116
 • Density 172/sq mi (66.6/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29439
Area code 843
FIPS code 45-26035[1]
GNIS feature ID 1231287[2]

Center Street at Folly Beach.

Folly Beach Pier.

THE CITY OF FOLLY BEACH is a barrier island, six miles long and the closest beach to historical Charleston, South Carolina, 15 minutes via the Connector. Folly Beach is the home of sea, sand, and surfing, historical and cultural sites; a maritime forest; Morris Island Lighthouse; gourmet food, endangered species of birds; and southern hospitality. Folly Beach is a “must see – must visit” place.  Folly Beach is a city, located on historic Folly Island, in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,117 at the 2000 census. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Folly Beach is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area.


Folly Beach is located at 32°39′58″N 79°56′21″W (32.666152, -79.939213)[3].

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[1] 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.


Tim Goodwin

Council Members

Paul Hume, Pennell Clamp, Tom Scruggs, Dale Stuckey, Eddie Ellis, and Sandra Hickman

Voting patterns

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%).[4]

County parks

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) [1] operates numerous facilities within Charleston County.

Beach parks:

Fishing piers:

Marinas and boat landings:

  • Cooper River Marina
  • Multiple county-wide boat landings

Day parks:

Water parks:

  • 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.


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