Charleston, SC
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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 134,875 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 87.89% 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charleston who work in sales jobs (12.52%), management occupations (11.83%), and office and administrative support (9.70%).

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.

Charleston is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Charleston is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Charleston a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. 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.

One of the nice things about Charleston is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Charleston. 51.44% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Charleston in 2010 was $38,126, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $152,504 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 Irish, German, English, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Charleston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.