Even though this particular house is abandoned, it reminds us that approximately 12 percent of the population in rural Awendaw live below the poverty line. (Read more about SC poverty statistics.)
The median price of homes has grown considerably since 2003, when the average price was around $180,000. Between 2005 and 2008, the median price saw highs of $300,000, $600,000, and even a spike in the third quarter of 2004 of $930,000.
A public water system is currently being built but is at the center of intense controversy among Awendaw residents. Some citizens want access to clean, affordable water. Others fear that easier access to water will make their rural town more inviting to developers.
Some say the new development will bring great amenities. Others think that it will ruin the town’s rustic charm, while driving current residents from their homes who can’t afford rising property taxes.