Isle of Palms, SC
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Isle of Palms is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 4,371 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Isle of Palms is the 88th largest community in South Carolina.

Isle of Palms home prices are not only among the most expensive in South Carolina, but Isle of Palms real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Isle of Palms is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.12% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Isle of Palms is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Isle of Palms who work in management occupations (17.84%), sales jobs (12.91%), and healthcare (10.36%).

Also of interest is that Isle of Palms has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.35% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Isle of Palms is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Isle of Palms’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

One of the nice things about Isle of Palms is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Isle of Palms, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Isle of Palms is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 69.97% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Isle of Palms in 2010 was $66,603, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $266,412 for a family of four. However, Isle of Palms contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Isle of Palms home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Isle of Palms residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Isle of Palms include English, German, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Isle of Palms is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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