Table 2. Population and racial distribution in the Charleston area, 1970-2000.

1970 1980 1990 2000
Charleston peninsula
White (%) 35.7 36.3 42.9 50.4
Black (%) 64.3 63.3 56.5 47.8
Other (%) 0.0 0.4 0.5 1.8
Total population 46,503 40,783 36,540 33,318
Charleston remainder
White (%) 74.6 68.6 66.6 64.2
Black (%) 24.9 30.3 31.8 33.1
Other (%) 0.5 1.1 1.6 2.7
Total population 189,687 226,125 259,093 276,651
Berkeley County
White (%) 69.3 72.6 72.9 68.5
Black (%) 30.3 24.7 24.2 26.9
Other (%) 0.4 2.7 3.0 4.6
Total population 56,021 94,455 128,182 142,651
Dorchester County
White (%) 64.4 73.0 75.0 71.6
Black (%) 35.1 25.3 23.1 25.4
Other (%) 0.5 1.7 1.9 3.0
Total population 32,276 58,761 83,060 96,413
Charleston-North Charleston
metropolitan statistical area
White (%) 67.1 67.0 67.9 65.8
Black (%) 32.5 31.5 30.2 31.0
Other (%) 0.4 1.5 1.9 3.2
Total population 324,487 420,124 506,875 549,033
Source: Geolytics 2002.