Everything You Need to Know About Goose Creek, SC

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Goose Creek, SC is an amazing city in Berkeley County north of Charleston. This quiet community is a vibrant and growing area that continues to maintain its small-town feel yet is flush with southern hospitality. If you're looking for a great primer about the area - read on - you've come to the right place!


The town of Goose Creek was incorporated on March 14, 1961, when just under 500 residents voted for incorporation. On April 6th of that same year, the town's first mayor, Hilton Waring Bunch held the first town council meeting. In 1971, the town officially began referring to itself as the City of Goose Creek.

And while the actual incorporation of the town occurred in 1961, people have lived in the area since the late 1600s.


Business Week has called Goose Creek "The Best Place to Raise a Family in South Carolina" and it's no surprise. The city is minutes away from the more metropolitan area of Charleston and a coast full of amazing beaches while being conveniently located between the Boeing and Volvo plants.

Additionally, the majority of the Naval Weapons Station is located within the city limits of Goose Creek.

Bordered by the Cooper River and Back River to the east, the city of Hanahan to the southwest, and to the west by the community of Ladson.


Goose Creek's unemployment rate falls well below the national average of 6% at 4.2% with a median income of $62,107 per year. The job market has increased just under 1% in the last year, with job growth over the next ten years predicted to be 39.8%, again well above the national average of 33.5%.

Goose Creek's population has seen significant growth of just over 18% since 2020 coming in at around 44,972 residents with a median age of around 32 years old.


The average high temperature in Goose Creek averages around 90 degrees in July while the average low temperature in January is around 38 degrees. If you're looking for a white Christmas, you'll be out of luck in Goose Creek as the area averages a grand total of 0 inches per year. However, your garden will be thrilled with the 50 inches of rain that falls on average in the area.

October, April, and May are your most pleasant months while July and August are the least comfortable in Goose Creek.

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The public schools in Goose Creek are listed as spending about $10,042 per student each year which is below the national average of $12,383. There are approximately 16.8 students for every teacher in the Goose Creek public school system.

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Elementary Schools

Goose Creek Elementary School

How Hall Aims Elementary School

Marrington Elementary School

Devon Forest Elementary School

Westview Elementary School

Mount Holly Elementary

Boulder Bluff Elementary

College Park Elementary School

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Middle Schools

Marrington Middle School of the Arts

Sedgefield Middle School

Westview Middle School

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High Schools

Goose Creek High School

Stratford High School

Arts and Culture

The city of Goose Creek actively promotes the cultural arts in the community with the Cultural Arts Commission which meets regularly to develop regular programming of arts initiatives.

Art Talk in The Creek

This monthly event offers discussions with artists from around the Lowcountry that are open to the public and free to attend.

Art Walk in The Creek

This new event is designed to celebrate the local talent in Goose Creek by featuring the work of local artists.

Fabulous Fourth in the Creek

The event showcases live music, a variety of food and drinks vendors, and free kids' activities along with a fireworks display. Admission and parking are free.

Goose Creek Fall Festival

The Goose Creek Fall Festival is held every October behind the Goose Creek Municipal Center to help Helping Hands of Goose Creek. Activities and prizes are held throughout the event and bringing canned goods to get you two entries to the prize drawings.

Christmas in the Creek Tree Lighting

This event kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree at the municipal center. The event typically features holiday hayrides, crafts, marshmallow roasting, photos with Santa, and lots of other surprises.



Described in reviews as a "Great Little Gem", customers who dine here speak highly of the waitstaff's attentiveness and the delicious food. You're not leaving hungry as almost everyone mentions the portion sizes being on the generous side. We recommend the Boom Boom Shrimp, Mac and Cheese, Steaks, and ribs here.

Heroes Pub

This patriotic pub is known for its military-friendly atmosphere with a wall of dartboards and ample pool tables, the food is more on the "Bar food" side of things and another feature worth noting is they also allow smoking. But if those things don't bother you and you're looking to support our troops, this place may be for you.

Alex's Restaurant

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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available anytime at Alex's. Known for its comfort food, service, and no-frills atmosphere - this spot has been serving families since 1972.

Sapphires Sports Bar and Grill

This spot is known for its great food and drink selection, as well as friendly staff and owner. Their wings and cheese curds are frequently mentioned in reviews and if you're a Green Bay Packers fan, you'll be a happy soul.

Los Altos

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Termed a "Hidden Gem" located in an unassuming strip mall, reviews consistently tout their delicious Mexican food with ample portions and great service. We suggest you try their fajitas and margaritas!


Beautifully Simple Soap

A veteran and women-owned business that started to heal the owner's skin issues, Valeriana makes wonderful natural soaps that make great gifts for your loved ones (And for you, too of course)

Turning Page Book Shop

An African-American-owned bookstore selling all genres of books. They also offer book clubs, signings, toys, games, and special events.

Goose Creek Antique Mall

The Goose Creek Antique Mall houses over 6400 square feet of antiques, collectibles, handcrafted and repurposed home decor, furniture and other amazing goodies for your home or gifts from tons of amazing vendors.

Outdoor Activities

Wannamaker North Trail

Only accessible from Goose Creek, the Wannamaker North Trail lies in the north portion of Wannamaker County Park. While designed for mountain bikers, the 13-mile trail is also open to pedestrian traffic, but the county advises that there are tight turns and elevation changes so be wary of cyclist traffic. Admission is $1 per person.

Marrington Plantation Trailhead

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This hiking area in Goose Creek offers an almost 13-mile loop that's estimated to take around 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete. It's a popular spot for hiking, bird-watching, and fishing and it's also dog-friendly with some areas open to off-leash activities! The trail is on DOD land, so you will need either a military ID or a Patron Pass that can be obtained from the Outdoor Adventure Center.

Goose Creek Railfanning Center

What is a "Railfanning" center? It's a great spot to watch trains go by if you're a train buff or a "Fan" of trains, this is the perfect spot. So grab a bite to eat right across the street at DQ or Popeye's and settle in for some great trainspotting!

Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens has been a popular spot since way back in 1932. Actually located in Moncks Corner, it's convenient to get to from Goose Creek and well worth a visit. You'll find miles of walking trails that loop through the swamp and gardens offering beautiful views of wildlife and amazing Lowcountry flora.

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