Mount Pleasant, SC
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Mount Pleasant is a larger medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 81,317 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Mount Pleasant is the fourth largest community in South Carolina.

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

Mount Pleasant is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.14% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mount Pleasant is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mount Pleasant who work in management occupations (17.20%), sales jobs (16.00%), and office and administrative support (9.26%).

Also of interest is that Mount Pleasant 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: 9.92% 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.

Because of many things, Mount Pleasant 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, Mount Pleasant really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant 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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Mount Pleasant. 58.75% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Mount Pleasant in 2010 was $44,071, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $176,284 for a family of four. However, Mount Pleasant contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Mount Pleasant home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mount Pleasant residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Mount Pleasant include German, English, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Mount Pleasant is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.