Located about halfway down the coast of South Carolina sits the historic city of Charleston. Founded in 1670 by English colonists and named after King Charles II, Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina. With a population of 138,000, this gem of a city is the second largest in the state.
Charleston is a popular tourist destination and is known for its rich history, architecture, restaurant scene and friendly atmosphere. It has received numerous accolades, including "the most polite and hospitable city in America" by Southern Living magazine and the "World's Best City" by Travel and Leisure.
Once mainly an agricultural area, Charleston today has a thriving economy, with top employers in the military, tourism, medical, aviation, technology and education sectors. Charleston is also home to several colleges and universities, including the College of Charleston, The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina.
There is so much to do and see in Charleston. If you love being outdoors, area beaches are only a short drive away. Popular seaside destinations include Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Kiawah. The Battery, located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, offers fabulous views of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor and a beautiful array of antebellum houses.
There are several top-notch theaters in Charleston where you can enjoy concerts and theatrical performances. If you love art, Charleston is home to many local artists who exhibit their creations in over 40 art galleries in the bustling downtown area.
Foodies will not be disappointed by the vast number of eateries in the area, and indeed Charleston has become a nationally known culinary mecca. If you love cooking, head over to one of the year-round farmers markets where you can purchase locally grown produce and handcrafted artwork while listening to live music.
In Charleston you will find over 20 rooftop bars and restaurants, all offering spectacular views of the vibrant downtown. And craft beer enthusiasts, take note: With over 25 local breweries in the county, Charleston takes its craft beer very seriously.
The median home value in Charleston is $312,500, with numerous popular neighborhoods to choose from. Downtown neighborhoods are walkable, with charming cobblestone streets and hidden alleyways that lend a European feel. West Ashley is a family friendly, affordable neighborhood with a variety of architectural styles and price points.
If you seek a charming Southern city with plenty of amenities, Charleston should be at the top of your list.