Charleston is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 137,566 people and 41 constituent neighborhoods, Charleston is the second largest community in South Carolina.
Charleston home prices are not only among the most expensive in South Carolina, but Charleston real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Charleston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.42% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Charleston is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charleston who work in management occupations (12.74%), sales jobs (11.81%), and office and administrative support (9.53%).
Also of interest is that Charleston has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing noticeable about Charleston, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Charleston is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Charleston a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Charleston is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
If knowledge is power, Charleston is a pretty powerful place. 53.06% of the adults in Charleston have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Charleston in 2018 was $42,872, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $171,488 for a family of four. However, Charleston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Charleston is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Charleston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charleston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Charleston include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Charleston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.