The largest of Berkeley County's communities, Goose Creek was established in 1961. In just a few short decades, this progressive community has achieved a balance between growth, the environment and the preservation of the small town character. Residents live, work and raise their families surrounded by the rich historic and natural treasures of the low country. In the early 1960s, developers began subdividing the area's farmland to provide housing for a booming population. In fact, a 1969 survey rated Goose Creek as the fastest-growing area in the nation. An avalanche of new recreational services and town activities including sailing and boating were developed to meet the needs of a growing population. Homes are still comparatively affordable, drawing many retirees. With antebellum plantations, rolling farmland, deep forests, and wildlife refuges including Goose Creek State Park, the community is steeped in individuality and independent character.