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Charleston, SC
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Charleston profile


Living in Charleston



Charleston is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 153,672 people and 47 constituent neighborhoods, Charleston is the largest community in South Carolina. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Charleston, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Charleston, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Charleston’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Charleston does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $76,556.00.

Charleston home prices are not only among the most expensive in South Carolina, but Charleston real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Also of interest is that Charleston has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.63% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about Charleston, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Charleston is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Charleston a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Charleston is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

If knowledge is power, Charleston is a pretty powerful place. 55.66% of the adults in Charleston have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Charleston in 2018 was $50,240, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,960 for a family of four. However, Charleston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Charleston is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Charleston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charleston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Charleston include English, German, Irish, Italian, and French.

The most common language spoken in Charleston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.