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The 2000 Census showed that Berkeley County had a population of 142,651 people. This represented 3.56% of the total population of South Carolina, making it the state's 9th most populous county (out of 46 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Berkeley had a population of 173,498 people. This is an increase of 21.62% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010177,843+24.67%+2.5% since 2009
2009173,498+21.62%+2.31% since 2008
2008169,586+18.88%+3.75% since 2007
2007163,455+14.58%+3.45% since 2006
2006158,007+10.76%+3.89% since 2005
2005152,092+6.62%+0.91% since 2004
2004150,720+5.66%+1.99% since 2003
2003147,785+3.6%+1.29% since 2002
2002145,904+2.28%+0.92% since 2001
2001144,568+1.34%+1.34% since 2000
2000142,651The Last Census

Berkeley County had 54,717 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Berkeley County has a total area<3> of 1,228 square miles [3,180 km²]. Of this total, 1,097 square miles [2,843 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (10.61%) being water (130.4 square miles [337.6 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Berkeley County had a population density of 130 people per square mile [50.2 people/km²], making it the state's 17th most densely populated county (out of 46 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Berkeley County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Berkeley and the state of South Carolina.

Click here for the Berkeley County QuickFact (QF-45015).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Berkeley County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
North CharlestonQF-455087597,60179,64122.55%
Goose CreekQF-452981539,06429,20833.74%
Moncks CornerQF-45472757,2665,95222.08%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Berkeley County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CharlestonQF-45019   S355,276309,96914.62%
DorchesterQF-45035   W130,41796,41335.27%
GeorgetownQF-45043   NE60,70355,7978.79%
OrangeburgQF-45075   NW90,11291,582-1.61%
WilliamsburgQF-45089   N34,44537,217-7.45%

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Census QuickFact for Berkeley County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Berkeley. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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