Moving to Charleston, SC

Thinking about moving to Charleston?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 14,302 people have moved to Charleston, an increase of 11.9%. New residents are attracted to Charleston’s delicious cuisine, lively history, and southern charm.

Living

Charleston is home to 134,385 Charlestonians. With an area of 109.0 square miles, Charleston has a population density of 1,233 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 761,155 people, of which Charleston proper’s population makes up 18%.

Economy

Charleston’s economy is on fire. The Charleston metro area’s GDP grew by 28% between 2011 and 2016, from $30.2 billion in 2011 to $38.7 billion in 2016, a total increase of $8.5 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $50,944. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Charleston is $53,447, 9% lower than the national median. Charleston’s unemployment rate is 3.6%.

Weather

The average annual temperature in Charleston is 65.85 degrees. The average annual low temperature is 55.6 degrees, while the average annual high is 76.1 degrees. Charleston’s hottest month is July, during which the average high temperature is 91 degrees, while the coldest month is January, when the average low drops down to 38 degrees.

Charleston sees an average rainfall of 51.06 inches per year. August is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 7.17 inches, while November is the dryest month, with an average rainfall of 2.44 inches.

Crime

Charleston has an annual violent crime rate of violent crimes per 1,000 residents, which is lower than the national median of 3.8 in 1,000. Its property crime rate is crimes per 1,000 residents a year, which is lower than the national average of 26.

Traffic & Transportation

Ask anyone who lives in Charleston what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Charleston spends 20.3 hours in traffic each year, with about 7% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Walk Score gives Charleston a walk score of 40.

Cost of Living

Charleston is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Charleston has a regional price parity of 95.4, -12.9% below the average for US metro areas.

Demographics

The median age in Charleston is 35.6 years. 48.9% of the population in the Charleston metro area is male, while 51.1% is female. 5.3% of the metro population is foreign born.

In terms of racial demographics, Charleston is 71.7% Non-Hispanic White, 2.8% Hispanic, 2.8% Black, and 1.7% Asian.

94.2% of those over the age of 25 in Charleston have a high school diploma, a higher rate than nationally. 52.8% of those over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree, which is higher than the national rate. 18.9% of residents have an advanced or professional degree.

In the 2016 presidential election, 43% of Charleston voters voted for the Republican nominee, while 51% voted for the Democratic nominee.

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