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Goose Creek, South Carolina
Location of Goose Creek, South Carolina
Location of Goose Creek, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
Counties Berkeley
Area
 • Total 41.76 sq mi (108.15 km2)
 • Land 41.26 sq mi (106.87 km2)
 • Water 0.49 sq mi (1.28 km2)
Elevation
46 ft (14 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 35,938
 • Estimate 
(2019)
43,665
 • Density 1,058.19/sq mi (408.57/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
29445
Area code(s) 843, 854
FIPS code 45-29815
GNIS feature ID 1231332

Goose Creek is a city in Berkeley County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 35,938 at the 2010 census. Most of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston is in Goose Creek. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used only by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies for statistical purposes, Goose Creek is included within the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston–North Charleston Urbanized Area.

Geography

Goose Creek is located in southern Berkeley County at 33°0′N 80°2′W / 33.000°N 80.033°W / 33.000; -80.033 (32.9955, -80.0289). It is bordered to the east by the Cooper River and the Back River, to the southeast by an outer portion of the city of Charleston, to the southwest by the city of Hanahan and (farther to the west) the city of North Charleston in Charleston County, and to the west by the unincorporated community of Ladson.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 40.8 square miles (105.8 km2), of which 40.1 square miles (103.8 km2) is land and 0.77 square miles (2.0 km2), or 1.88%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 3,825
1980 17,811 365.6%
1990 24,692 38.6%
2000 29,208 18.3%
2010 35,938 23.0%
2019 (est.) 43,665 21.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 35,938 people, 8,947 households, and 7,443 families residing in the city. The population density was 921.6 people per square mile (355.9/km2). There were 9,482 housing units at an average density of 299.2 per square mile (115.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.50% White, 14.22% African American, 0.59% Native American, 2.66% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.56% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.05% of the population.

There were 8,947 households, out of which 49.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.8% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.6% under the age of 18, 18.2% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 115.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,919, and the median income for a family was $47,937. Males had a median income of $31,965 versus $23,754 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,905. About 5.8% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under the age of 18 and 7.3% of those 65 and older.

History

Although the city of Goose Creek was established in 1961, its history dates back many centuries. In early colonial times the term "Goose Creek men" was used for a group of colonists, mostly settled a few miles north of Charleston near a stream called Goose Creek, a tributary of the Cooper River. The Goose Creek men became leaders of the early Indian trade, and by the 1690s many held important offices in the colonial government. At first the Goose Creek men dealt mainly in Indian slaves, while later the deerskin trade dominated. Several colonial governors were Goose Creek men, such as James Moore and Robert Daniell.

The Otranto Plantation Indigo Vats and St. James Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Climate

Climate data for Goose Creek, South Carolina (Airport), 1981–2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 59.0
(15)
62.8
(17.11)
69.6
(20.89)
76.5
(24.72)
83.2
(28.44)
88.4
(31.33)
91.1
(32.83)
89.6
(32)
84.9
(29.39)
77.1
(25.06)
69.8
(21)
61.6
(16.44)
76.1
(24.5)
Average low °F (°C) 38.1
(3.39)
41.2
(5.11)
47.2
(8.44)
53.8
(12.11)
62.4
(16.89)
70.2
(21.22)
73.6
(23.11)
72.9
(22.72)
67.8
(19.89)
57.3
(14.06)
48.1
(8.94)
40.6
(4.78)
56.1
(13.39)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.70
(94)
2.96
(75.2)
3.71
(94.2)
2.91
(73.9)
3.02
(76.7)
5.64
(143.3)
6.52
(165.6)
7.15
(181.6)
6.10
(154.9)
3.75
(95.3)
2.43
(61.7)
3.11
(79)
50.99
(1,295.1)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.1
(0.3)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
0.6
(1.5)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.5 8.6 7.9 7.7 7.8 11.9 13.0 13.2 10.0 7.3 7.0 8.7 112.6
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.4
Sunshine hours 179.8 189.3 244.9 276.0 294.5 279.0 288.3 257.3 219.0 223.2 189.0 170.5 2,810.8
Source: NOAA, HKO (sun only, 1961–1990)

Education

There are three high schools that serve the Goose Creek area. Goose Creek High School and Stratford High School serve students inside Goose Creek, while Cane Bay High School is located outside Goose Creek city limits and serves students from both in and out of Goose Creek's city limits. Goose Creek High School is the home of the Berkeley County School of the Arts (BCA) Program.

Goose Creek has a public library, a branch of the Berkeley County Library System.

Notable people

  • Madelyn Cline, actress
  • Sean McPherson, South Dakota state legislator
  • Brandon Shell, Offensive lineman, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks
  • Justin Smoak, Major League Baseball player
  • Matt Wieters, Major League Baseball player
  • Joseph Young, orchestra conductor

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