Charleston

Offers a living experience steeped in Southern charm and coastal tranquility

Welcome to Charleston

Where historic elegance meets coastal charm and culinary delight.

Charleston, where history resonates through cobblestone streets and elegant architecture, offers a living experience steeped in Southern charm and coastal tranquility. Renowned for its well-preserved historical landmarks, vibrant atmosphere, and breathtaking waterfront vistas, Charleston has so much to offer. The city's unique blend of historic charm and modern sophistication attracts those who appreciate the finer aspects of life — from gourmet dining and upscale shopping to engaging in outdoor activities along its scenic beaches and waterways.

Beyond its historic façade, Charleston hosts numerous festivals, art exhibits, and performances. For those drawn to the allure of coastal living with a touch of urban sophistication, Charleston represents the perfect blend of past and present, making it an irresistible place to call home.

What to Love

  • Historic Charm: A city that celebrates its rich history with beautifully preserved architecture and landmarks.
  • Coastal Lifestyle: Easy access to stunning beaches and waterways for recreation and relaxation.
  • Culinary Scene: A diverse array of dining options that make Charleston a premier destination for food enthusiasts.

Local Lifestyle

Charlestonians enjoy a lifestyle that is both leisurely and lively, reflecting the city's coastal setting. Weekends are for exploring the latest exhibits at art galleries, catching a performance at one of the city's historic theaters, or perhaps sailing on the harbor at sunset. In Charleston, the local lifestyle is an art form in itself, one that celebrates beauty, creativity, and community.

Dining

The city's culinary scene is a testament to its standing as a food lover's paradise, offering everything from traditional Southern fare to innovative cuisine. Husk embodies the spirit of New Southern cuisine, turning locally sourced ingredients into culinary masterpieces in a setting that whispers tales of the past with its seasonal menu. FIG (Food Is Good) is a neighborhood spot that champions a farm-to-table ethos, serving Southern traditional dishes that spotlight the bounty of the Lowcountry. The Ordinary captivates seafood lovers with its fresh offerings and historic charm, proving that in Charleston, dining is both an art and a celebration.

The award-winning Charleston Grill offers an elegant dining experience, blending Southern, French, and international flavors to create a menu as sophisticated as its jazz-infused ambiance. Try the Colorado lamb loin, local catch of the day, or jumbo lump crab cake paired with a white wine.

Entertainment and Things to Do

The Spoleto Festival USA transforms Charleston into a global stage, showcasing the world's very best in opera, theater, dance, and music. Meanwhile, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a dining journey that delights the senses.

Charleston Fashion Week shines a spotlight on the fashion industry's emerging talent, turning the city into a style destination. During the holidays, the beloved Holiday Festival of Lights dazzles with its enchanting displays, bringing joy and wonder to James Island County Park.

Schools

  • Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA)
  • Porter-Gaud School
  • James Island Charter High School
  • Bishop England High School

Overview for Charleston, SC

147,928 people live in Charleston, where the median age is 35.5 and the average individual income is $50,240. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

147,928

Total Population

35.5 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$50,240

Average individual Income

Around Charleston, SC

There's plenty to do around Charleston, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
51
Bikeable
Bike Score
30
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Lowcountry Boil, Burbage Meats, and Historic Charleston Supper Club.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.55 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.26 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.91 miles 22 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.25 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.67 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.69 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Charleston, SC

Charleston has 63,760 households, with an average household size of 2.23. Data provided by Statistics Canada. Here’s what the people living in Charleston do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by Statistics Canada. 147,928 people call Charleston home. The population density is 1,288.65 and the largest age group is Data provided by Statistics Canada.

147,928

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

35.5

Median Age

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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10-19 Years

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20-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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Education Level

  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
63,760

Total Households

2.23

Average Household Size

$50,240

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Schools in Charleston, SC

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The following schools are within or nearby Charleston. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Philip Simmons Middle
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Philip Simmons Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
4/5
Springfield Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
St. Andrew's School of Math and Science
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Charleston Progressive
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
C. E. Williams Middle School for Creative and Scientific Art
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Allegro Charter School of Music
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
2/5
Simmons Pinckney Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Blessed Sacrament School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
First Baptist School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
The Charleston Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Drayton Hall Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
1st - 8th
5/5
Charleston Charter School for Math and Science
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
3/5
Montessori Community School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Carolina Voyager Charter
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
Charles Towne Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Mason Preparatory School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
Westminster Presbyterian Preschool
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Trinity Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 1st
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Montessori Fountainhead School
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
Memminger Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
James Simons Montessori
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Stono Park Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Charleston Development Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Charleston Sda School
PRIVATE
K - 9th
No rating available
Meeting Street Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Mitchell Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Sanders-Clyde Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Orange Grove Charter School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Charleston Day School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Harvest Time International Academy
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
New Israel Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Harbor View Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Murray-LaSaine Montessori
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Stiles Point Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
James Island Charter High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
O'Quinn Schools Of Porter Gaud
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
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