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Charleston, SC

Charleston is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
133,762
Charleston Population7
$
49,501
Median Income6
4.9
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Charleston's 5 to 9 year old population grew by 24% since 2010, making it one of the fastest growing cities for that segment in the United States where the average growth rate is 1%

Age

34.7
Median Age7
15.0
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Charleston residents are mostly white and the city is becoming less diverse as the white community has grown by 19.5% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 6.7%

Race

63.7
%
South Carolina Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Charleston has warm summers, high humidity, and little snowfall. The average temperature in July is 82°F, the average humidity is 71%, and the annual snowfall is 0 inches

Weather

29
%
Chance of Rain11
64
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature40

 

Housing

The average home value in Charleston increased by 39% since 2010 which is 3% lower than the national average and 13% higher than the state average

Rent

$
2,000
Monthly Average12
45
%
Renters41

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Charleston is an average tax location with property tax 49% lower than the national average, but income tax 20% higher than the national average and sales tax 31% higher than the national average.

Other

0.57
%
Property Tax21
9.0
%
Sales Tax19
2.4
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)42

 

Employment

Charleston has a high employment rate of 95% which is 2% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Medical University of South Carolina and Charleston County School District

Income

15.8
%
<$25,0006
15.5
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Charleston is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results44

Representatives

Mayor27 John Tecklenburg
Democratic
House of Representative27 Joe Cunningham
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Roper Hospital, is 0.5 miles from the center of Charleston, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, is 0.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, MUSC Health-University Medical Center, is 0.5 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical28 No
Decriminalized28 No
 

Safety

In South Carolina, 45.0% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a marginal decrease from 2000 when 49.2% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks29
No
Permit to Purchase Law29

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#42 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche30
#31 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report31
#22 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche32
#54 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche33
#45 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report34
#4 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub35
#3 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades36
 

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