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.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Charleston really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Charleston is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Charleston more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Charleston’s character and quality of life.

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.

The education level of Charleston ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Charleston, 49.50% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

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.