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Population & Economy

Population of Isle of Palms

According to the Isle of Palms fire department, the year-round population is currently around 5,000 (2000 U.S. Census indicated 4,583).  However, there is an influx of vacationers and visitors during the summer months. 

The island is a "melting pot" of people with diverse backgrounds.  Politicians, movie stars, blue color workers, physicians, families, retirees, race car drivers…all live here.

Homes on the island range in size from less than 1,000 square feet (pre-hurricane Hugo) to 8,600+ square feet (zoning rules now prohibit building a home this size).   In addition, there are condos and town homes throughout the island.

Isle of Palms Economy

According to the United States Census Bureau, the population of Isle of Palms has increased by around 25% over the last decade.  Here are some statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau 2000:

-The median age of the population is 44.9 years

-Total housing units on the Island is 3,036


-Median household income is $76,170

Isle of Palms has an extremely small business district thus a majority of the homeowners who are in the labor force drive to work in neighboring communities ( Mount Pleasant , North Charleston , Charleston …).

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