A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$255,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,022
National
$928
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
    145
    273
  • Murder
    12
    6
  • Rape
    32
    41
  • Robbery
    69
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    358
    525
  • Theft
    1,868
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    214
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$55,546
National
$53,889
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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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.
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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!
I like that Charleston is a mixture of both old and new in terms of its architecture and lifestyle. There's the apparent old southern style and charm of the plantations and downtown, but at the same time the city has a vibrant nightlife, all of the popular and trendy shops, and more! This city is great for new, young families as well as older folks.