Murrells Inlet is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 7,660 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Murrells Inlet is the 61st largest community in South Carolina.
Murrells Inlet real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Murrells Inlet house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Murrells Inlet is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Murrells Inlet is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Murrells Inlet who work in sales jobs (21.04%), food service (11.51%), and office and administrative support (10.52%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.16% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Murrells Inlet has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Murrells Inlet has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Murrells Inlet than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Murrells Inlet may be for you.
Murrells Inlet is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Murrells Inlet spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.71 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
As is often the case in a small town, Murrells Inlet doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of Murrells Inlet citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.01% of adults in Murrells Inlet have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Murrells Inlet in 2018 was $37,007, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,028 for a family of four. However, Murrells Inlet contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Murrells Inlet is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Murrells Inlet home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Murrells Inlet residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Murrells Inlet include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Murrells Inlet is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.