What you need to know about Charleston, SC

Founded in 1670, which make it the oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston is a major tourism attraction thanks to its rich history and well-preserved architecture. The city has a reputation for its lavish restaurants, music, art, shopping and the Footlight Players – the state’s oldest community theater group. Higher education satellite campuses in the city include the College of Charleston, The Citadel and the University of South Carolina.

Top 10 Downtowns 2012
Top 10 Haunted Houses 2011
Top 10 Historic Preservation Cities 2012


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Business Climate

Median Home Price

Higher than the state average


Homes Owned 52.46%
52.46% Complete
Homes Rented 47.54%
47.54% Complete

Real Estate

In Charleston, South Carolina

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In Charleston, South Carolina

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Median Household Income

Lower than the national average


In Charleston, South Carolina

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Most residents are
25-34 Years old


In Charleston, South Carolina

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Bachelor’s Degree 49%
49% Complete
Graduated High School 93%
93% Complete

Charleston, SC's Rankings

Top 10 Downtowns 2012
Top 10 Haunted Houses 2011
Top 10 Historic Preservation Cities 2012
Top 10 Spring Break Cities  2012