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 4,391 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 88.10% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Surfside Beach is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Surfside Beach who work in sales jobs (19.79%), food service (12.82%), and management occupations (11.29%).
A relatively large number of people in Surfside Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.96% 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.
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.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.25 minutes getting to work every day.
Surfside Beach is very much a car-oriented town. This is because the population of Surfside Beach isn't large enough or dense enough to support an extensive public transit system. It has a lot of rural roads, and the distance between houses can be quite large, which together tends to discourage walking and bicycling to work. 82.58% of residents commute to work in their own car (and the drive is typically to a job out of town). People also tend to drive out of town for other services as well, such as shopping, doctors appointments, and more.
As is often the case in a small town, Surfside Beach doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The citizens of Surfside Beach are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.22% of adults in Surfside Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Surfside Beach in 2010 was $30,308, 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 $121,232 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 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.