Johns Island is an island in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, and is the largest island in the state of South Carolina. It's bordered by the Wadmalaw, Seabrook, Kiawah, Edisto, Folly, and James islands. The Stono and Kiawah rivers separate Johns Island from its border islands. The Stono River is tidal and forms part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Roughly one-third of the island is within the city limits of Charleston. It is the fourth-largest island on the US east coast, surpassed only by Long Island, Mount Desert Island and Martha's Vineyard. Johns Island is 84 square miles in area.
Johns Island was named after Saint John Parish in Barbados by the first English colonial settlers on the island, who had come from there. The island is home to scores of wildlife species, including deer, alligators, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, otters and wild hogs. The rivers and marshes abound with fish and shellfish, especially oysters, and dolphins. The number of bird species is in the hundreds. They include bald eagles, osprey, wild turkeys, owls, hawks, herons, egrets and ducks. The flora is abundant, with many native and imported species as well as agricultural crops.
The island is home to the Angel Oak, a Southern live oak tree estimated to be 400–1500 years old and named for Justus Angel, nineteenth-century owner of the land on which it stands. It is also known for its farms, producing tomatoes and numerous other agricultural products. The population of Johns Island is growing. Between 2000 and 2010, it grew by 50%, the largest increase in the history of the island. This trend is expected to continue, but numerous conservation organizations are striving for ecologically friendly growth. The island's proximity to downtown Charleston and its scenic property have made it an active location for development. Numerous high-density developments have been created in parts of the island zoned into the City of Charleston. Most of the island still lies within the jurisdiction of Charleston County. Several movies have been filmed on the island, including The Notebook (2004).
The Johns Island Branch Library, located off of Maybank Highway, is the largest of the Charleston County Public Library branches. At 16,000 square feet, the library is more than twice the size of the county's normal library branches.
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