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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Charleston is a city in South Carolina with a population of 131,204. Charleston is in Charleston County and is one of the best places to live in South Carolina. Living in Charleston offers residents a 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
131,204

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$286,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,135
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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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
    169.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    36.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    73.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    291.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,784.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    221.4
    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
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Charleston

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,367
National
$55,322
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Charleston Reviews

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Charleston is a beautiful place to live! Great food, great shopping, and great people. Charleston does a wonderful job of displaying "southern hospitality". Although housing is expensive is most areas, especially downtown Charleston, I've noticed that there are plenty of job opportunities and tons of upcoming neighborhoods. Charleston has some of the best public schools in the state, including Academic Magnet High School (#1 in SC) and Charleston County School of the Arts (#4), one of which I have attended.
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I've lived here in Charleston for 15 years and I hate it! The summers are viscious with the heat & humidity, rent is way too expensive, the traffic is horrendous, some of the people are ignorant and rude, the education system sucks, there is a lack of funding for some of the struggling schools, crime is out of control, Charleston has been rated #2 in the nation for having the worst traffic fatalities, and let's not forget to mention all the domestic violent crimes too! To do anything costs way too much money, prices of entry at any of the local attractions are ridiculous! I would not recommend this place to anyone, if you're thinking of relocating here, don't! This is why my family and I are leaving.
I love Charleston! I have lived here since March 2017. I love being hot to warm most of the time. There are tons of activities all over West Ashley, Mt Pleasant, and Downtown. Easy access to most beaches, heavy traffic to some. The drawbacks for me are poorly managed roads, heavy traffic at times, mesquitos, roaches everywhere, the cost of doing the above mentioned activies are fairly high. I have a hard time making new friends who are in my age range and not into the party lifestyle. The issue that will likely result in me moving after I graduate from college is that the price of living, real estate specifically, is a hindering factor in my potential success in this area.