Summerville

A picturesque town that effortlessly combines the tranquility of suburban life with the rich tapestry of Southern history and charm.

Welcome to Summerville

Where Southern charm meets historic elegance.

Summerville, nestled within Berkeley County and Dorchester County, is a picturesque town that effortlessly combines the tranquility of suburban life with the rich tapestry of Southern history and charm. This delightful enclave, often referred to as the "Flower Town in the Pines," boasts streets lined with ancient oaks and beautiful homes that whisper tales of the past, all set against a backdrop of vibrant azaleas and magnolias. Residents enjoy a quality of life that is both enriching and serene, offering access to an array of amenities, recreational activities, and a calendar brimming with community events. Plus, the town’s proximity to Charleston allows for the enjoyment of city amenities while retaining a peaceful, community-focused lifestyle that is uniquely Summerville.

The heart of Summerville is its bustling downtown, where historic architecture houses an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and galleries. Here, the spirit of the community shines through, with local business owners greeting customers by name and events that bring together neighbors in celebration. The blend of historic charm with the convenience of modern living makes Summerville a coveted destination for those seeking a slower pace of life without sacrificing access to metropolitan conveniences.

What to Love

  • Historic Charm: Enchanting architecture and streets that tell the story of Summerville’s past.
  • Community Atmosphere: A welcoming community with a strong sense of belonging and frequent local events.
  • Proximity to Charleston: The best of both worlds—peaceful suburban living within reach of endless amenities.
  • Recreational Opportunities: Abundant parks, gardens, and outdoor activities to enjoy.

Local Lifestyle

In Summerville, life moves at a leisurely pace, inviting residents to savor each moment. The town’s friendly atmosphere and picturesque settings offer an idyllic backdrop for outings, romantic strolls, and solitary contemplations. On weekends, you can head to the Summerville Farmers' Market or enjoy a picnic at one of the many parks. Summerville's commitment to preserving its natural splendor and historic roots while embracing the future creates a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle for all who reside here.

Dining

Halls Chophouse is a renowned dining spot in Summerville, offering an exquisite selection of steaks, seafood, and Southern dishes in a setting that exudes luxury and warmth. Swig & Swine is the go-to spot for authentic, mouthwatering BBQ, where the relaxed ambiance complements the meticulously smoked meats perfectly.

The Obstinate Daughter on nearby Sullivan's Island, although a short drive away, is well worth the visit for its creative New American cuisine that blends French, Italian, and Spanish traditions with new flavors in a trendy setting. Magnolias in nearby Charleston presents an unforgettable dining experience with its sophisticated take on Southern cooking, drawing both locals and visitors to explore its menu of culinary masterpieces.

Entertainment and Things to Do

The Flowertown Festival in April is a dazzling display of flora, local arts, and community spirit, marking the arrival of spring with vibrant celebrations. In the heart of summer, the Sweet Tea Festival pays homage to the South's favorite beverage, offering tastings that delight the senses and live entertainment that fills the air with joy.

For those who appreciate the bounty of the land, the Summerville Farmers' Market is a weekly Saturday morning ritual that celebrates local produce, crafts, and the spirit of community warmth. When the holiday season rolls around, Christmas in Summerville transforms the town into a winter wonderland, with festive lights, parades, Santa sightings, and plenty of holiday cheer enveloping the town in warmth and festivity.

Schools

  • Summerville Elementary School
  • Summerville High School
  • Rollings Middle School of the Arts
  • Cane Bay High School

Overview for Summerville, SC

50,318 people live in Summerville, where the median age is 38.3 and the average individual income is $34,606. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

50,318

Total Population

38.3 years

Median Age

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$34,606

Average individual Income

Around Summerville, SC

There's plenty to do around Summerville, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Walking Score
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Spirits Express, Knightsville General Store Cafe, and McKenzie's Cake and Supply.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.07 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 3.77 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.34 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.28 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.83 miles 27 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 1.28 miles 43 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Summerville, SC

Summerville has 19,616 households, with an average household size of 2.55. Data provided by Statistics Canada. Here’s what the people living in Summerville do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by Statistics Canada. 50,318 people call Summerville home. The population density is 2,324.56 and the largest age group is Data provided by Statistics Canada.

50,318

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

38.3

Median Age

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19,616

Total Households

2.55

Average Household Size

$34,606

Average individual Income

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Schools in Summerville, SC

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The following schools are within or nearby Summerville. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
James H. Spann Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Dr. Eugene Sires Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Bethany Child Development Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
4th - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Oakbrook Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Rollings Middle School of the Arts
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
Summerville Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
The Oaks Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
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