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Isle of Palms, SC
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Living in Isle of Palms


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 4,347 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Isle of Palms is the 83rd 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 91.61% 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 (23.31%), sales jobs (12.53%), and office and administrative support (7.11%).

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.

Of important note, Isle of Palms is also a city of artists. Isle of Palms has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Isle of Palms’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Isle of Palms telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 15.97% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

In addition, Isle of Palms is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Isle of Palms is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Isle of Palms really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Isle of Palms perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly 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.

If knowledge is power, Isle of Palms is a pretty powerful place. 73.54% of the adults in Isle of Palms have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Isle of Palms in 2018 was $91,893, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $367,572 for a family of four.

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, Irish, German, Scottish, and French.

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


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