Surfside Beach, SC
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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 an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Surfside Beach spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.25 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

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.

The education level of Surfside Beach citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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.



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