Income/capita 21%
Household income 4%
Unemployment 15%
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IndexCharlestonSouth CarolinaNational
Income per capita$35,948$25,521$29,829
Median household income$57,603$46,898$55,322
Median income owner occupied$85,700$57,389$70,586
Median income renter occupied$37,219$29,505$35,192
Median earnings male$37,978$32,196$36,919
Median earnings female$29,072$23,580$26,250
Unemployment rate4.0%5.0%4.7%
Poverty level16.3%17.2%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Charleston is 21% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Charleston is 4% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Charleston is 15% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Charleston is 8% higher than the national average

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      Charleston median earnings by income bracket

      Charleston employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry7.3%1.0%
      Manufacturing sector8.6%0.4%
      Financial & insurance services2.9%3.5%
      Wholesale & retail services11.9%12.3%
      Public administration5.1%2.8%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities6.2%2.4%
      Education, health & social services14.8%36.5%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Kiawah Island, SC1,543$137,250148.1%
      Sullivan's Island, SC2,049$118,214113.7%
      Seabrook Island, SC1,726$95,11471.9%
      Folly Beach, SC2,732$92,52967.3%
      Isle of Palms, SC4,320$92,22266.7%
      Charleston, SC129,888$57,6034.1%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Enterprise, NV129,620$69,57225.8%
      Cedar Rapids, IA129,537$55,3590.1%
      New Haven, CT130,405$38,12631.1%
      Carrollton, TX129,266$70,07226.7%
      Thornton, CO130,511$69,41725.5%
      Charleston, SC129,888$57,6034.1%
      Source: The Charleston, SC employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).