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Census Data for Edisto Beach ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Edisto Beach a population of 406 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Edisto Beach a population of 414 people.

The town of Edisto Beach is located in Colleton County. The 2010 Census gave Colleton County; a population of 38,892 people. This means that Edisto Beach had 1.06% of the county's total population, making it Colleton's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, South Carolina had a population of 4,625,364 people.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Edisto Beach has a total area of 2.35 square miles [6.1 km²]. Of this total, 2.13 square miles [5.5 km²] is land, with the balance (9.49%) being water (0.22 square miles [0.6 km²]).

Colleton County has a land area of 1,056 square miles [2,736.3 km²]. At 2.13 square miles [5.5 km²], Edisto Beach has 0.2% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Edisto Beach, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the town.
    • Things like population, area and housing for Edisto Beach reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Edisto Beach might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
    • Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:
    • Lat:   32° 29' 55"   (or 32.5°)
    • Lon:   -80° 18' 48"   (or -80.31°)
    • More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Colleton County ...

The community of Edisto Beach is located in Colleton County<3>.

The county had a population of 38,892 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 414 people, Edisto Beach represented 1.06% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Edisto Beach has a population density of 176.2 people per square mile [68 people/km²], Colleton County averages 36.81 people per square mile [14.21 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Colleton County.

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Edisto Beach, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Edisto Beach. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.

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    • Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Edisto Beach or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
    • If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Edisto Beach, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Edisto Beach.

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    • For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   32.498725°   (or 32°29'55" N)
    • Lon:   -80.313484°   (or -80°18'48" W)
    • For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
    • Lat:   32.487613°   (or 32°29'15" N)
    • Lon:   -80.324402°   (or -80°19'27" W)
    • The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 5,261 feet to the northeast<4> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.
    • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2406424) to Edisto Beach. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Edisto Beach. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   32.491761°   (or 32°29'30" N)
    • Lon:   -80.323821°   (or -80°19'25" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 4,068 feet to the northeast<5> of the point given by the GNIS for Edisto Beach. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Edisto Beach.

Miscellaneous Information for Edisto Beach ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Colleton County or the town of Edisto Beach:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Edisto Beach:
    • GNIS ID for Edisto Beach: 2406424
    • GNIS ID for Colleton County: 1247991
    • GNIS ID for State of South Carolina: 1779799
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Edisto Beach is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Edisto Beach.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of South Carolina

About Colleton County

About South Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Edisto Beach. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Colleton County:

The official website for State of South Carolina:

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2019.
<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.
<3>If you're interested in how the shape of South Carolina's counties, including Colleton, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 320 degrees and a distance of 5,261 feet.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 308 degrees and a distance of 4,068 feet.






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