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 132,609 people and 41 constituent neighborhoods, Charleston is the second largest community in South Carolina.

Charleston real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Charleston house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Charleston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.21% 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 (12.84%), management occupations (10.86%), and office and administrative support (10.16%).

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 a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Charleston has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Charleston enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Charleston.

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.

Charleston is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.50% of adults in Charleston have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Charleston in 2010 was $34,102, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,408 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, Italian, and Scottish.

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