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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 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
131,204

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$286,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,135
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense 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
    188.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    41.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    64.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    262.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,577.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    237.1
    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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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!
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I have lived in Charleston my whole life. The public schools are notoriously under-funded but it just depends on where you live. I go to a charter high school and would have to drive 45min to an hour to school every morning because of traffic on clements ferry/I-526. However, they recently finished expanding clements ferry road into a 4-lane and what used to take 30 minutes on average now takes about 15! Charleston is quickly gentrifying.
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.