A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$269,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,052
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

Charleston Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    182
    283
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    32
    41
  • Robbery
    79
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    309
    500
  • Theft
    1,984
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    193
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$57,603
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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Charleston, South Carolina has recently become my home this past year. Charleston has so much to offer with its extravagant beaches and amazing landscape. Downtown Charleston is full of excellent five-star restaurants and contains incredible historical sites. Downtown also has a good nightlife for young adults with great local musicians always nearby. It is a safe city with friendly neighbors and great schools!
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Charleston is the most beautiful city a person can visit or live in. There are so many things to do, especially outdoors. If you are a history buff, there are so many places that will catch your eye. You can go to the beach or you can go take a tour of a plantation. Options are endless! Lowcountry food is amazing, especially in downtown Charleston. In downtown you can sight-see, shop, eat, walk around, take tours, carriage rides, etc.
Charleston is one of the top cities to visit and live in within the United States. The food, the sun, beaches, fitness and history has a alluring atmosphere that I happy to call my home. The city still needs more diversity and improvement on their public schools. Job opportunities are growing especially for the enteprenuers. It continues to grow rapidly with new residents, bringing in a new hipster element, yet it still remains historical. The only real downfall of living in Charleston is the traffic. There are only two ways to move on and off the different islands, and we struggle with the developmental progress of green belts, safe bike lanes, better mass transits. If this is solved, Charleston will be absolutely perfect to live in, and will then deserve 5 stars!