Community Profile Johns Island

Dated: November 26 2016

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angeloakJohns Island, Charleston, SC

Johns Island has maintained its rural character and pristine environment with winding country roads, towering oaks and surrounded by rivers and marsh due to strictly limited growth corridors available for development. If you’re looking for larger lots or even acreage combined with a reasonable commute to Downtown Charleston, this just might be the perfect choice for you to live in the Charleston area.

Johns Island is home to the famous Angel Oak (pictured above) believed to be over 1400 years old, 65 feet in height and a circumference of over 25 feet. The area of shade is an amazing 17,000 square feet which is almost a half of an acre.

Many local farms providing much of the fresh fruits and vegetables served in Charleston’s finest restaurants and elsewhere are grown locally and Johns Island tomatoes are famous (and delicious).

Detailed Profile:

Johns Island is the largest island with an area of 84 square miles (220 km2) in the state of South Carolina. The Island is separated from neighboring islands viz. Wadmalaw, Kiawah, Seabrook, Edisto, Folly and James by a network of Stono and Kiawah rivers. The Island is the fourth largest Island in the country.

Johns Island’s climate and picturesque seaside landscape have helped attract many new residents. The Island offers a range of amenities.  The residents of the Island enjoy family life in a peaceful surrounding. Various recreational and social activities are organized from time to time for the Island’s residents.

Johns Island has been listed in “America’s Top 25 Golf Communities” by Travel + Leisure Golf. This peninsula has three championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio. It also houses 17 Har-Tru tennis courts, two croquet lawns, a Health & Fitness Center as well as Beach Club offering beach views.

Historical Significance of Johns Island:

Johns Island was named after Saint John Parish in Barbados by the Island’s first settlers. The Island was once famous for its coastal farming community and it still offers lush acres of land to prospective real estate buyers.

Johns Island Wildlife

The Island is home to a range of wildlife species including deer, raccoons, alligators, coyotes, wild hogs, bobcats and otters. The rivers surrounding the Island abound with fish and shellfish, oysters, and dolphin. Hundreds of bird species including bald eagles, owls, osprey and wild turkeys also live on the Island.

Major Attractions On Johns Island

The Johns Island’s major attractions include Johns Island Presbyterian Church, Angel Oak, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center and Battle of Charleston Re-enactment.

Johns Island Presbyterian Church:

The Church, situated on Bohicket Road, was constructed in 1719 as part of Reverend Archibald Stobo's plan to build five Presbyterian churches in the rural areas of South Carolina. The church is one of the oldest churches in the country. Built from a wood frame, the church is open to the public and offers tours and is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

Angel Oak:

The Angel Oak is a 400-1500 year old Live Oak tree in Johns Island. The tree is 65 ft (20 m) tall and has a trunk circumference of 25.5 ft (7.8 m).  Angel Oak Park offers close views of the Oak in a serene, natural setting.

Mullet Hall Equestrian Center

The Mullet Hall Equestrian Center has an area of 738 acres and 20 miles of trails. The center hosts equestrian competitions, festivals and events. It has four show rings, 1 Grand Prix ring, 40 acres of grass fields, 196 horse stalls and jumping and lunging areas.

Johns Island Branch Library

Johns Island has the largest of the Charleston County Public Library branches. The Johns Island Branch Library has an area of 16,000 square feet and is worth $4.3 million. The Johns Island Branch Library, opened in 2004, was constructed to cater to the Johns Island, Wadmalaw Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island.


Johns Island had an estimated population of 16,376 as in 2015. The Island’s population rose 7.9% from 2010 to 2014 which was the highest when comparing Population Change to the US average of 1.7%. Of the total population of the Island 75% are married and 87% of the population have owner-occupied household. The citizens of Johns Island are among the most well-educated in the US. 40.76% of adults in Johns Island have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree. The per capita income in Johns Island in 2010 was $36,432.


Johns Island has many schools in place to support the education of children living on the Island. Angel Oak Elementary School, Capers Preparatory Christian Academy, Montessori School of Johns Island and St. John's High School are some of the most notable schools in the area.

Living On Johns Island                                                            

Johns Island has one of the most pristine real estate markets in the US. The Island offers a tranquil atmosphere to its residents. This relatively sparsely populated area has fewer college students, tenants and young children. Johns Island is an ethnically diverse town. It has a mixed workforce of white and blue-collar jobs. About 14.67% workforce of the Island works in office and administrative support, while 11.19% of the workforce population is in sales job and 9.91% have management occupation. Johns Island is a perfect place to live for those looking for a peaceful, natural surroundings with room to spread your wings.

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