Charleston 72 Excellent
Charleston Livability #72 ranked city in South Carolina#10,127 ranked city in the USARanks better than 65% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Charleston Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Charleston Cost of Living Cost of living is 16% higher than South Carolina
11010% more expensive than the US average
South Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Charleston cost of living
D- Charleston Crime Total crime is 15% lower than South Carolina
Total crime
2,77118% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3718% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
5%Year over year crime is up
Charleston crime
C Charleston Employment Household income is 23% higher than South Carolina
Median household income
$57,6034% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$35,94821% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%15% lower than the US average
Charleston employment
C Charleston Housing Home value is 88% higher than South Carolina
Median home value
$269,40046% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,05211% higher than the US average
Home ownership
54%16% lower than the US average
Charleston real estate or Charleston rentals
C Charleston Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than South Carolina
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
48%1% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:113% lower than the US average
Charleston K-12 schools
C Charleston User Ratings There are a total of 33 ratings in Charleston
Overall user rating
62% 33 total ratings
User reviews rating
42% 10 total reviews
User surveys rating
83% 23 total surveys
all Charleston poll results

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      Living in Charleston, SC

      Located in the state of South Carolina, Charleston is a mid-sized city with a population of 129,888 residents. At 73%, the majority of the Charleston population is White; this is followed by 23% Black and 2% Asian. Charleston has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 73% of the population is classified as married and 65% have kids.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in Charleston is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before moving to any new city in South Carolina, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Charleston and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Charleston to South Carolina and the national average.

      Charleston has a livability score of 76/100 and is ranked #30 in South Carolina and #4,044 in the USA. Compared to the US average, Charleston ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Charleston has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (B+). On a more negative note, Charleston does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Charleston, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Charleston: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Middleton Place, and Charleston Waterfront Park.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Charleston. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Charleston are affordable. Median real estate prices in Charleston come in at $269,400, which is 87.6% higher than the South Carolina average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Charleston, the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 51.6% higher than the South Carolina average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Charleston will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Charleston, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 9.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.6%.

      Charleston transportation information

      StatisticCharlestonSouth CarolinaNational
      Average one way commute22min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work75.9%82.8%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.1%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.7%0.6%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle3.1%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk6.0%2.2%2.8%
      Working from home5.8%3.6%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Charleston, SC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).