Sullivan’s Island is a town and island in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. The town is part of the Charleston metropolitan area, and is considered a very affluent suburb of Charleston. Sullivan’s Island was the point of entry for approximately 40 percent of the 400,000 enslaved Africans brought to British North America; it has been likened to Ellis Island, the 19th-century reception point for immigrants in New York City. During the American Revolution, the island was the site of a major battle at Fort Sullivan on June 28, 1776, since renamed Fort Moultrie in honor of the American commander at the battle. On September 23, 1989, Hurricane Hugo came ashore near Sullivan’s Island; few people were prepared for the destruction that followed in its wake. The eye of the hurricane passed directly over Sullivan’s Island. The Ben Sawyer Bridge was a casualty, breaking free of its locks. Before the storm was over, one end of the bridge was in the water and the other was pointing skyward. Sullivan’s Island police chief, Jack Lilien, was the last person to leave the island before the bridge gave way.
The town of Sullivan’s Island is served by the Charleston International Airport. It is located in the City of North Charleston and is about 12 miles northwest of Sullivan’s Island. It is the busiest passenger airport in South Carolina (IATA: CHS, ICAO: KCHS). The airport shares runways with the adjacent Charleston Air Force Base. Charleston Executive Airport is a smaller airport located in the John’s Island section of the city of Charleston and is used by noncommercial aircraft. Both airports are owned and operated by the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
The median income for a household in the town was $72,955, and the median income for a family was $96,455. Males had a median income of $58,571 versus $41,029 for females. The per capita income for the town was $49,427. About 1.4% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 0.9% of those age 65 or over.
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