James Island

James Island

Just outside of Charleston sits an island that stretches seven miles wide and nine miles long. The population of James Island is just over 12,000, with most of those residents living there full-time.

The allure of James Island is more than just the many oak-lined streets, creeks and rivers, restaurants, and beautiful parks; it is also a family-oriented community that has one of the highest-ranking school districts in South Carolina.

One of the Safest Places
to Live in America

James Island offers both a rural feel and all the amenities that draw many young professionals, as well as those looking for a change of scenery. The island is also one of the safest places to live in the nation, with fantastic neighborhoods where kids can stay out past dark without fear.

From Riverland Terrace to Clearview, Lighthouse Point to Seaside Plantation, there are a variety of beautiful neighborhoods to choose from. James Island is a large island rich in natural beauty, surrounded by Charleston Harbor, the Stono River, the Wappoo Cut, Clark Sound, and the Folly River.

Rich in American History

Battle of SecessionvilleJames Island is also rich in American history, and it has managed to preserve a good portion of it -- the site where the Battle of Secessionville was fought in the American Civil War, McLeod Plantation, and the Dill Sanctuary (Charleston Museum property), as well as various earthen work forts around the island.

Fort Pemberton These include Fort Pemberton, now a City of Charleston park, and Fort Pringle, which sits on the National Register of Historic Places. And even before that, Native Americans inhabited the land.

Tucked Away With Access to the World Nearby

Although it’s somewhat tucked away and hidden from the bustle of downtown Charleston, James Island is just about twelve miles from Charleston International Airport, which gives you access to the world.

Oak trees dating back over 100 years line the roads, and the James Island County Park is where the community gathers for picnics, saltwater fishing and crabbing, sand volleyball, the Climbing Wall, and the Splash Zone Waterpark.

With easy access to the beach and local salt marshes, creeks, and rivers through many public boat ramps, trails for hiking, and fun things to do, living on James Island is like being on vacation year-round. James Island truly has something for everyone!