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  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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Charleston is a city in South Carolina with a population of 133,762. Charleston is in Charleston County and is one of the best places to live in South Carolina. Living in Charleston offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Charleston there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Charleston and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Charleston are above average.
About Charleston...
Population
133,762

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$308,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,208
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Charleston Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    261.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    36.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    68.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    211.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,688.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    359.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Charleston

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$64,599
National
$55,322
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Charleston Reviews

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Charleston is a nice place to live if you are wealthy, but for the rest of us it's a nightmare. Horrible traffic, high crime rate, poor education system, lack of affordable housing, very poor mass transit. The flooding is bad, especially downtown; cost of living is high. On top of all that, the snobby, elitist attitudes of the people who live and work downtown is hard to stomach. If you look like you are not rich or well-off, you are not treated very well in the shops and restaurants in town. The tourists you visit are, for the most part, completely clueless. They step of the curbs without looking for traffic and then give you the finger for not stopping for them. My advice-stay away from Charleston!
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I love living in Charleston. It's beautiful and very historic. However, as someone who lives and commutes every day I know the traffic gets worse and worse every day as more move here. Public transportation is not a viable option either and housing is also becoming more daunting every year too. However culture, history, schools, and everything else is fantastic! Also, home to the number one and two schools in the state!
It is this and only this...the best City in the U.S! You will never get bored here. Charleston has so much to give and show all at once. It is filled with history and its history is present today! It is one of the only cities you can walk by someone and they will say hello to you and you don't even know them. The beaches are family friendly and don't disappoint! Anywhere you go in Charleston, it is sure to not let you down. The food and diverse restaurants make Charleston that much better. You won't find a better combination of great tasting food and great personality no matter who you meet!