Surfside Beach is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 4,468 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Surfside Beach is the 95th largest community in South Carolina.
Surfside Beach real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Surfside Beach house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Surfside Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.69% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Surfside Beach is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Surfside Beach who work in sales jobs (18.17%), food service (15.93%), and office and administrative support (9.14%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.55% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 Surfside Beach is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’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, Surfside Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Surfside Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Surfside Beach is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
In terms of college education, Surfside Beach is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.64% of adults in Surfside Beach have a college degree.
The per capita income in Surfside Beach in 2010 was $31,469, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $125,876 for a family of four. However, Surfside Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Surfside Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Surfside Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Surfside Beach include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Surfside Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.