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Population in 2012: 125,583 (96% urban, 4% rural). Population change since 2000: +29.9%
Males: 58,958  (46.9%)
Females: 66,625  (53.1%)

Median resident age:  32.3 years
South Carolina median age:  37.4 years

Zip codes: 29401, 29403, 29405, 29407, 29409, 29412, 29414, 29424, 29445, 29450, 29455, 29464, 29487, 29492.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $49,266 (it was $35,295 in 2000)
Charleston:

$49,266
SC:

$43,107
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $32,526

Charleston city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $251,600 (it was $137,800 in 2000)
Charleston:

$251,600
SC:

$135,500
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $366,925; Detached houses: $382,124; Townhouses or other attached units: $300,730; In 2-unit structures: $406,261; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $336,283; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $313,128; Mobile homes: $100,660

Median gross rent in 2012: $957.

Recent home sales, real estate maps, and home value estimator for zip codes: 29401, 29403, 29407, 29412, 29414, 29450, 29455, 29492.

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  • White alone - 82,427 (68.6%)
  • Black alone - 30,288 (25.2%)
  • Hispanic - 3,451 (2.9%)
  • Asian alone - 1,950 (1.6%)
  • Two or more races - 1,479 (1.2%)
  • American Indian alone - 235 (0.2%)
  • Other race alone - 142 (0.1%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 111 (0.09%)

Races in Charleston detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Charleston: 95.5 (near average, U.S. average is 100)


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Ancestries: English (11.3%), German (11.1%), Irish (10.4%), United States (9.6%), Italian (3.7%), Scottish (3.1%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 118 feet

Land area: 97.0 square miles.

Population density: 1,295 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

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For population 25 years and over in Charleston:

  • High school or higher: 93.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 47.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 17.6%
  • Unemployed: 8.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Charleston city:

  • Never married: 43.0%
  • Now married: 38.8%
  • Separated: 3.5%
  • Widowed: 5.2%
  • Divorced: 9.5%

4,965 residents are foreign born (1.1% Europe, 1.0% Latin America, 0.9% Asia).

This city:  4.3%
South Carolina:  4.7%



According to our research of South Carolina and other state lists there were 420 registered sex offenders living in Charleston, South Carolina as of December 17, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Charleston to the number of sex offenders is 299 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,459 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,288 (0.6%)

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Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (174.1 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (566.6 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: James Island, SC (2.1 miles) , Bear Swamp, SC (2.4 miles) , North Charleston, SC (2.6 miles ), Johns Island, SC (2.8 miles) , Mount Pleasant, SC (2.9 miles ), Sullivan's Island, SC (3.0 miles ), Hanahan, SC (3.0 miles ), Folly Beach, SC (3.0 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 642 buildings, average cost: $81,000
  • 1998: 574 buildings, average cost: $102,700
  • 1999: 717 buildings, average cost: $106,900
  • 2000: 790 buildings, average cost: $108,500
  • 2001: 782 buildings, average cost: $116,700
  • 2002: 1053 buildings, average cost: $102,800
  • 2003: 1003 buildings, average cost: $103,500
  • 2004: 1122 buildings, average cost: $117,100
  • 2005: 1176 buildings, average cost: $162,200
  • 2006: 888 buildings, average cost: $178,300
  • 2007: 878 buildings, average cost: $153,900
  • 2008: 508 buildings, average cost: $157,600
  • 2009: 399 buildings, average cost: $159,200
  • 2010: 400 buildings, average cost: $158,700
  • 2011: 392 buildings, average cost: $158,800
  • 2012: 477 buildings, average cost: $158,800

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

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Latitude: 32.79 N, Longitude: 79.99 W

Charleston nicknames or aliases (official or unofficial): The Big Sweet Grass Basket, Palmetto City

Daytime population change due to commuting: +24,973 (+19.8%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 35,426 (53.8%)

Area code: 843

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Crime rates in Charleston by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 13159102315149101112
per 100,000 13.115.08.89.421.213.712.57.98.59.19.7
Rapes 3733514945566031183019
per 100,000 37.433.149.946.141.551.253.727.315.324.715.3
Robberies 259245244290245269288218151162104
per 100,000 261.8245.6238.6272.8226.1245.9258.0191.8128.5133.484.0
Assaults 541586742654647569438337250195161
per 100,000 546.8587.4725.6615.2597.0520.2392.3296.4212.7160.5130.0
Burglaries 1,021888928810707746724566601527374
per 100,000 1031.9890.2907.5761.9652.4682.0648.5497.9511.3433.8302.0
Thefts 4,2543,5724,0073,4643,1083,0563,3993,1523,1502,9572,764
per 100,000 4299.53580.73918.33258.52867.92793.93044.52772.72679.72434.12231.6
Auto thefts 872562506482543444412273229270235
per 100,000 881.3563.4494.8453.4501.1405.9369.0240.1194.8222.3189.7
Arson 57101117111911366
per 100,000 5.17.09.810.315.710.117.09.72.64.94.8
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 296.0) 522.4465.8499.2449.2433.2409.6393.2298.6251.4238.8194.8

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Crime rate in Charleston detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 523 (402 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.25
South Carolina average:

2.36

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.2%
South Carolina:

8.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +6,355 (+7.0%).

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Health care (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Health care (20%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Social assistance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (3%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (3%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3%)
  • Top executives (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)

Work and jobs in Charleston: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

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Tornado activity:

Charleston-area historical tornado activity is below South Carolina state average. It is 25% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/11/1960, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 0.8 miles away from the Charleston city center injured 10 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 8/29/1964, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 5.1 miles away from the city center injured 2 people and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Charleston-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Carolina state average. It is 66% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 12.0 miles away from the city center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 19.5 miles away from Charleston center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 26.8 miles away from the city center
On 4/17/1995 at 13:45:57, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 11.9 miles away from the city center
On 11/8/2002 at 13:29:03, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 2.4 mi) earthquake occurred 25.5 miles away from Charleston center
On 11/13/1990 at 15:22:13, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 MD, Depth: 2.1 mi) earthquake occurred 14.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Charleston County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 4, Tropical Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Charleston topographic map

Birthplace of: Rob Miller (South Carolina politician) - Soilder, Octavius Catto - Educator, André Bauer - Politician, Andy Dick - Comedian, Angelina Grimké - Abolitionist, Joe Wilson (U.S. politician) - Republican House Representative, James F. Byrnes - Politician, Mo Brooks - Politician, Eric Massa - Politician, Ernest Hollings - Politician.

Medal of Honor Recipients born in Charleston: Charles Q. Williams, Daniel Augustus Joseph Sullivan, George Huber Wheeler, Ralph H. Johnson, William A. Moffett.

Main business address for: BLACKBAUD INC (SERVICES-PREPACKAGED SOFTWARE), GTA-IB, LLC (HOTELS & MOTELS), FIRST FINANCIAL HOLDINGS INC /DE/ (SAVINGS INSTITUTION, FEDERALLY CHARTERED).


Hospitals/medical centers in Charleston:

  • CHARLES TOWNE HOME PROGRAM (Dialysis Facility, 1964 ASHLEY RIVER ROAD)
  • DCI AZALEA PLACE (Dialysis Facility, 2270 TECHNICAL PARKWAY)
  • DCI JAMES ISLAND (Dialysis Facility, 959 FOLLY ROAD)
  • DCI MAGNOLIA COURT (Dialysis Facility, 1427 KING STREET)
  • DCI WEST ASHLEY (Dialysis Facility, 46 B MARKFIELD ROAD)
  • FABER PLACE DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, 3801 FABER PLACE DRIVE)
  • NORTH CHARLESTON DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, 5900 RIVERS AVE STE E)
  • POINTE DIALYSIS, LLC (Dialysis Facility, 1964 ASHLEY RIVER ROAD)
  • RAI CARE CENTERS CHARLESTON (Dialysis Facility, 2080 CHARLIE HALL BLVD)
  • RAI CARE CENTERS N CHARLESTON (Dialysis Facility, 9305 MEDICAL PLAZA DR)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH OF EAST CHARLESTON (Home Health Center, 1027 PHYSICIANS DRIVE SUITE 210)
  • FRANKLIN C FETTER HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, 51 NASSAU ST)
  • MEDSHARES HOME CARE OF COASTAL CAROLIN (Home Health Center, 29 LEINBACH DR BLDG B)
  • PHC HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, 408 FOLLY ROAD)
  • ROPER-ST. FRANCIS HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, 1483 TOBIAS GADSON BLVD., SUITE 208A)
  • ST FRANCIS XAVIER HOME HEALTH CARE (Home Health Center, 1483 TOBIAS GADSEN BLVD STE 208)
  • A CARING HEART HOSPICE (Hospital, 6296 RIVERS AVENUE # 307)
  • BON SECOURS-ST FRANCIS XAVIER HOSPITAL (Acute Care Hospitals,Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 2095 HENRY TECKLENBURG DRIVE)
  • CAMP ICF/MR (Hospital, 1251 CAMP ROAD)
  • CHARLESTON VA MEDICAL CENTER (Hospital,Acute Care - Veterans Administration,Government Federal, provides emergency services, 109 BEE STREET)
  • DILLS BLUFF COMM. RES. (Hospital, 926 DILLS BLUFF)
  • HEARTLAND HOSPICE- CHARLESTON (Hospital, 3 SOUTH PARK CIRCLE SUITE 280)
  • MUSC MEDICAL CENTER (Acute Care Hospitals,Government - State, provides emergency services, 169 ASHLEY AVE)
  • PALMETTO LOWCOUNTRY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (Hospital, 2777 SPEISSEGGER DRIVE)
  • ROPER HOSPITAL (Acute Care Hospitals,Voluntary non-profit - Private, 316 CALHOUN ST)
  • SOUTHERN CARE CHARLESTON (Hospital, 2070 NORTHBROOK BLVD, SUITE B 1)
  • SPECIALTY HOSPITAL OF SOUTH CAROLINA (Hospital, 326 CALHOUN ST 3RD FLOOR)
  • TRIDENT MEDICAL CENTER (Acute Care Hospitals,Proprietary, 9330 MEDICAL PLAZA DR)
  • ASHLEY CROSSING REHAB AND NURS. (Nursing Home, 2230 ASHLEY CROSSING DRIVE)
  • BON SECOURS-ST FRANCIS XAVIER HOSP SNF (Nursing Home, 135 RUTLEDGE AVENUE 4TH FLOOR)
  • HEARTLAND OF WEST ASHLEY REHAB AND NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, 1137 SAM RITTENBURG BLVD)
  • MANORCARE HEALTH SERVICES - CHARLESTON (Nursing Home, 1137 SAM RITTENBURG BLVD)
  • NHC HEALTH CARE, CHARLESTON (Nursing Home, 2230 ASHLEY CROSSING DRIVE)
  • RIVERSIDE HEALTH AND REHAB (Nursing Home, 2375 BAKER HOSP BLVD)
  • TRIDENT MEDICAL SKILLED NURSING CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, 9330 MEDICAL PLAZA DRIVE)
  • WHITE OAK MANOR - CHARLESTON (Nursing Home, 9319 MEDICAL PLAZA DR)

Political contributions by individuals in Charleston, SC

Airports and heliports located in Charleston:


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Amtrak station near Charleston:

  • 7 miles: CHARLESTON (N. CHARLESTON, 4565 GAYNOR AVE.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service.

Local government website: www.ci.charleston.sc.us

Colleges/Universities in Charleston:

  • College of Charleston (Full-time enrollment: 9,653; Location: 66 George St; Public; Website: www.cofc.edu; Offers Master's degree)
  • Trident Technical College (FT enrollment: 6,856; Location: 7000 Rivers Avenue; Public; Website: www.tridenttech.edu)
  • Citadel Military College of South Carolina (FT enrollment: 2,431; Location: 171 Moultrie St; Public; Website: www.citadel.edu; Offers Master's degree)
  • Charleston Southern University (FT enrollment: 2,364; Location: 9200 University Blvd; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.csuniv.edu; Offers Master's degree)
  • Medical University of South Carolina (FT enrollment: 2,287; Location: 179 Ashley Ave; Public; Website: www.musc.edu/; Offers Doctor's degree)
  • The Art Institute of Charleston (FT enrollment: 616; Location: 24 N. Market St; Private, for-profit; Website: www.artinstitutes.edu/charleston)
  • Charleston School of Law (FT enrollment: 458; Location: 81 Mary St; Private, for-profit; Website: www.charlestonlaw.edu/; Offers Doctor's degree)
  • Academy of Cosmetology (FT enrollment: 148; Location: 5117 Dorchester Rd; Private, for-profit; Website: www.aoccharleston.com/)
  • Charleston Cosmetology Institute (FT enrollment: 135; Location: 8484 Dorchester Road; Private, for-profit; Website: www.charlestoncosmetology.com)
  • Charleston School of Massage (FT enrollment: 44; Location: 778 Folly Rd; Private, for-profit; Website: charlestonmassage.com)

Public high schools in Charleston:

  • WEST ASHLEY HIGH (Students: 1889; Location: 4060 Wildcat Blvd.; Grades: 9-12)
  • BURKE HIGH (Students: 605; Location: 244 President Street; Grades: 7-12)

Private high schools in Charleston:

  • PORTER-GAUD SCHOOL (Students: 917; Location: 300 ALBEMARLE RD; Grades: KG - 12)
  • NORTHWOOD ACADEMY (Students: 819; Location: 2263 OTRANTO RD; Grades: KG - 12)
  • FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SCHOOL (Students: 498; Location: 48 MEETING ST; Grades: PK - 12)
  • CATHEDRAL ACADEMY (Students: 302; Location: 3790 ASHLEY PHOSPHATE RD; Grades: KG - 12)
  • JAMES ISLAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 218; Location: 15 CROSSCREEK DR; Grades: PK - 12)
  • PALMETTO ACADEMY INC (Students: 41; Location: 913 WAPPOO RD; Grades: 7 - 12)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Charleston:

Biggest private elementary/middle schools in Charleston:

  • BLESSED SACRAMENT SCHOOL (Students: 444; Location: 7 ST TERESA DR; Grades: PK - 8)
  • MASON PREPARATORY SCHOOL (Students: 339; Location: 56 HALSEY BLVD; Grades: 1 - 8)
  • THE O'QUINN SCHOOL (Students: 302; Location: 1567 HARBOR VIEW RD; Grades: PK - KG)
  • THE CHARLESTON CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 193; Location: 888 KING ST; Grades: PK - 8)
  • CHARLESTON DAY SCHOOL (Students: 186; Location: 15 ARCHDALE ST; Grades: 1 - 8)
  • CHARLES TOWNE MONTESSORI SCHOOL (Students: 150; Location: 56 LEINBACH DR; Grades: PK - 5)
  • ASHLEY RIVER CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER (Students: 150; Location: 1101 SAVANNAH HWY; Grades: PK - KG)
  • NATIVITY SCHOOL (Students: 149; Location: 1125 PITTSFORD CIR; Grades: PK - 8)
  • WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL (Students: 139; Location: 1157 SAM RITTENBERG BLVD; Grades: PK - KG)
  • CHARLESTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 99; Location: 2234 PLAINVIEW RD; Grades: PK - 8)
See full list of schools located in Charleston

Library in Charleston:

  • CHARLESTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM (Operating income: $15,421,126; Location: 68 CALHOUN STREET; 1,137,451 books; 44,511 audio materials; 102,919 video materials; 48 local licensed databases; 35 state licensed databases; 2,308 print serial subscriptions; 96 electronic serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Under FM Radio Stations: change WCSQ to WIHB (all other info on that listing is correct). Add under FM radio statons: WXST, 99.7 FM, Hollywood, SC, Owner Apex Broadcasting, Inc.
  • Charleston WOMENS RUGBY CLUB: Experienced and non-experienced rugby players interested in joining the Hurricanes WRFC to learn the game of rugby and compete against other city teams should visit www.charlestonwomensrugby.org.

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Notable locations in Charleston: Johns Island Community Center (A), Atlantic Center Industrial Park at Daniel Island (B), Charleston Regional Business Center (C), Island Plaza (D), Whitehall Plantation (E), Westwood Plaza (F), Vanderhorst Row (G), Charleston Golf Course (H), Clemson College Experiment Farm (I), Stono Marina (J), Shadowmoss Golf Club (K), Charleston City Marina (L), Charleston Maritime Center (M), The Harborage at Ashley Marina (N), Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (O), North Charleston Sewer District (P), Old Slave Mart (Q), Venning Landing (R), Harding Landing (S), United State Department of Agriculture (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Ashley Landing Shopping Center (1), Westwood Plaza Shopping Center (2), West Ashley Shoppes Shopping Center (3), Village Square Shopping Center (4), The Quadrangle Shopping Center (5), South Windermere Shopping Center (6), Shoppers Port Shopping Center (7), Saint Andrews Shopping Center (8), Rainbow Market Shopping Center (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Charleston include: Saint Andrews Episcopal Church (A), Saint James Church (B), Saint Johns Church (C), Saint Peters Church (D), Saint Phillips Church (E), Springfield Church (F), Washington Church (G), Faith Church (H), Saint Andrews Parish United Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Adverse Cemetery (1), Saint Lawrence Cemetery (2), Live Oak Memorial Gardens (3), Magnolia Cemetery (4), Brown Cemetery (5), McDowell Cemetery (6), Nelliefield Creek Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Colonial Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Wolfpit Run (A), Simpson Creek (B), Shipyard Creek (C), Secessionville Creek (D), Seaside Creek (E), Schooner Creek (F), Sandy Bay (G), Wappoo Creek (H), Pennys Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Charleston include: Charleston Historic District (1), Charles Towne Landing (2), Mall Playground (3), Cannon Park (4), Stephen Washington Park (5), Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site (6), Marion Square (7), Martins Park (8), Johnson Hagood Memorial Stadium (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Nathaniel Russell House (Museums; 51 Meeting Street) (1), Drayton Hall A National Trust Historic Site (Museums; 3380 Ashley River Road) (2), Charleston Museum (360 Meeting Street) (3), Edmondston-Alston House (Museums; 21 East Battery Street) (4), Aiken-Rhett House Museum (48 Elizabeth Street) (5), Gibbes Museum of Art (135 Meeting Street) (6), Historic Charleston Foundation - Headquarters (Museums; 40 East Bay Street) (7), Avery Research Center (Museums; 125 Bull Street) (8), Confederate Museum (188 Meeting Street) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: French Quarter Inn (166 Church Street) (1), Fulton Lane Inn (202 King Street) (2), Budget Inn (6155 Fain Boulevard) (3), Anchorage Inn - Charleston (26 Vendue Range) (4), Kings Courtyard Inn (198 King Street) (5), Courtyard Charleston North (2415 Mall Drive) (6), Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview (301 Savannah Highway) (7), Evergreen Motel (1909 Savannah Highway) (8), Andrew Pinckney Inn (40 Pinckney Street) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Ruemelin Amy US District Court Reporter (85 Broad Street) (1), Federal Bureau Of Investigation (170 Meeting Street) (2), Charleston County - Security- Judicial Center- After Hours (100 Broad) (3), Charleston County - Clerk of Court (100 Broad Street) (4), Charleston County - Family Court Judges- Bridges Judy C Judge (100 Broad Street) (5), Charleston County - Probate Court- Marriage License (100 Broad Street) (6), Charleston County - Bond Hearing Court- Bond Hearing County Jail- Baldwin Priscilla B J (3841 Leeds Avenue) (7), Charleston County - Family Court Judges- Segars Andrews Francis (100 Broad Street) (8), Charleston County - Family Court Judges- CATE Joceylyn B Judge (100 Broad Street) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

 
Charleston County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI  Ozone  Pb  CO  SO2 NO2 PM10 PM2.5

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 31.4. This is about average.
City:

31.4
U.S.:

32.0
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 27.0. This is about average. There were 21 monitors within city limits.
City:

27.0
U.S.:

28.3
Lead (Pb) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 0.00305. This is significantly better than average. There were 15 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.00305
U.S.:

0.02218
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.0700. This is significantly better than average. There were 26 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.0700
U.S.:

0.3342
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 2.29. This is about average. There were 22 monitors within city limits.
City:

2.29
U.S.:

2.43
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 1.30. This is significantly better than average. There were 9 monitors within city limits.
City:

1.30
U.S.:

9.39
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 19.6. This is about average. There were 28 monitors within city limits.
City:

19.6
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.48. This is about average. There were 28 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.48
U.S.:

9.59

Drinking water stations with addresses in Charleston and their reported violations in the past:

CHARLESTON CPW (Population served: 210337, Surface_water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JAN-2002 and SEP-2003, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-07-2003), St Compliance achieved (SEP-30-2003)
  • One minor monitoring violation
RIVER PINES S/D (Population served: 210, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JAN-2006 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-07-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-07-2006), St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAR-15-2006)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-2005 and DEC-2025, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-11-2005), St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAR-15-2006)
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JAN-2005 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-11-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-11-2005), St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAR-15-2006)
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JAN-2003 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-02-2004), St Public Notif received (JUN-23-2004)
  • 15 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
FRANKLIN PARK (Population served: 137, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • Public Education - Between JUL-2005 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-13-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-13-2005)
  • OCCT Study Recommendation - Between JAN-01-2005 and NOV-07-2005, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-14-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-14-2005), St Compliance achieved (NOV-07-2005), St Public Notif received (NOV-07-2005)
  • Public Education - Between JAN-2001 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St BCA signed (DEC-08-1999), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-23-2002)
  • OCCT Study Recommendation - Between JAN-1997 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-02-2002)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JAN-10-2006 and DEC-31-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-11-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-11-2006)
  • Initial Water Quality Parameter WQP M&R - Between JAN-2005 and JUN-2005, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-13-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-13-2005)
  • Initial Water Quality Parameter WQP M&R - Between JUL-2004 and DEC-2004, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-27-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-27-2005), St Public Notif received (JUL-01-2005)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - Between JAN-01-1994 and JUL-01-1996, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-26-1994), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-02-1996), St Show-cause Hearing (FEB-21-1996), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-1996)
  • 7 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 minor monitoring violations
ALBENE PARK S/D (Population served: 112, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • OCCT Study Recommendation - Between JUL-1994 and JUN-1996, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-22-1995), St Compliance achieved (JUN-27-1996)
  • Public Education - Between JUL-01-1994 and JAN-04-1999, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-22-1995), St Compliance achieved (JAN-04-1999)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JAN-10-2006 and DEC-31-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-11-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-11-2006)
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JUL-10-2005 and DEC-31-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-11-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-11-2006)
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JUL-2004 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-10-2004), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-10-2004), St Public Notif received (2 times from JUL-01-2005 to JUL-01-2005)
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JUL-2003 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-13-2003), St Public Notif received (JUL-01-2005)
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JAN-2003 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-14-2003)
  • 6 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 3 other older monitoring violations
GAULEY FALLS W/S (Population served: 34, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-2005 and SEP-2005, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-11-2005), St Compliance achieved (SEP-30-2005)
  • CCR INADEQUATE REPORTING - Between OCT-01-2001 and DEC-17-2001, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (DEC-17-2001), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-01-2002)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2001 and DEC-17-2001, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-22-2001), St Compliance achieved (DEC-17-2001)
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JAN-1997 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-08-1998), St Public Notif received (JUL-06-1998)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - Between JAN-01-1994 and JUL-01-1995, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-26-1994), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-1995)
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 21.0%
(14.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.9% for Black residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.2 people
South Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  51.4%
Whole state:  67.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.5%
Whole state:  6.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Charleston, SC

People in group quarters in Charleston in 2010:

  • 4,915 people in college/university student housing
  • 291 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 183 people in military ships
  • 158 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 150 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 58 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 9 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 5 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)

People in group quarters in Charleston in 2000:

  • 3,781 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 911 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 438 people in nursing homes
  • 198 people in other group homes
  • 61 people in military ships
  • 42 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 37 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 17 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 8 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 7 people in religious group quarters
  • 5 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 5 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Charleston compared to South Carolina state average:

Charleston, South Carolina environmental map by EPA

Map Legend

  • Median house value above state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.


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Banks with most branches in Charleston (2011 data):

  • First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston: 12 branches. Info updated 2012/02/24: Bank assets: $3,140.4 mil, Deposits: $2,278.8 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 69 total offices
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: 9 branches. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Bank of America, National Association: Island Plaza Branch, 200 Meeting Street Branch, Folly Road Branch, Savannah Highway, Westwood Plaza Branch, Ashley Crossing Branch. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc.: Marion Square Branch, Folly Road Branch, West Of The Ashley Branch, East Bay Street, Charleston Branch. Info updated 2011/08/24: Bank assets: $8,104.0 mil, Deposits: $6,880.8 mil, headquarters in Columbia, SC, positive income, 197 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc.
  • SunTrust Bank: Sam Rittenberg Branch, East Bay Branch, Bees Ferry Bi-Lo Branch, James Island Bi-Lo Branch, Daniel Island Branch. Info updated 2010/05/27: Bank assets: $171,291.7 mil, Deposits: $129,833.2 mil, headquarters in Atlanta, GA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1716 total offices, Holding Company: Suntrust Banks, Inc.
  • Synovus Bank: West Ashley Branch, James Island Branch, Meeting Street Branch, Bishop Gadsden Branch, Bishop Gadsden Branch. Info updated 2011/01/25: Bank assets: $26,863.3 mil, Deposits: $22,415.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, GA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 296 total offices, Holding Company: Synovus Financial Corp.
  • TD Bank, National Association: East Bay Drive Through Branch, Charleston Main Branch, Citadel Mall Branch, James Island Branch. Info updated 2010/10/04: Bank assets: $188,912.6 mil, Deposits: $153,149.8 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, 1314 total offices, Holding Company: Toronto-Dominion Bank, The
  • CresCom Bank: Crescom Bank, Charleston Branch, James Island Branch, West Ashley Branch. Info updated 2011/12/16: Bank assets: $825.2 mil, Deposits: $627.6 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 10 total offices, Holding Company: Carolina Financial Corporation
  • SouthCoast Community Bank: Charleston Branch, Savannah Highway Branch, Dorchester Road Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $425.3 mil, Deposits: $318.7 mil, headquarters in Mount Pleasant, SC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 12 total offices, Holding Company: Southcoast Financial Corporation
  • 11 other banks with 21 local branches

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Charleston, South Carolina:

  • La Quinta Inn, 2499 Ln Quinta Ln, Charleston, SC 29420 , Phone: (843) 797-8181, Fax: (843) 569-1608
  • Comfort Inn Riverview, 144 Bee St, Charleston, SC 29401 , Phone: (843) 577-2224, Fax: (843) 577-9001
  • Days Inn Historic District, 155 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401 , Phone: (843) 722-8411, Fax: (843) 723-5361
  • Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown-Ashley River, 146 Lockwood Dr, Charleston, SC 29403 , Phone: (843) 722-4000, Fax: (843) 805-8086
  • King Charles Inn Best Western, 237 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401 , Phone: (843) 723-7451, Fax: (843) 723-2041
  • Motel 6, 2058 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407 , Phone: (843) 556-5144, Fax: (843) 556-2241
  • Town And Country Inn, 2008 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407 , Phone: (843) 571-1000, Fax: (843) 766-9444
  • Hampton Inn Historic Charleston, 345 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403 , Phone: (843) 723-4000, Fax: (843) 722-3725
  • 57 other hotels and motels
All 65 fire-safe hotels and motels in Charleston, South Carolina

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Charleston travel time to work - commute


Charleston mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (70%)
  • Utility gas (28%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Charleston city (based on Charleston County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 42.70%
Here42.7%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEpiscopal ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents27.1%18.0%13.3%9.7%9.1%
Congregations20.7%7.1%14.3%9.8%8.6%
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaJewish Charismatic Churches IndependentMuslim EstimateOther
Adherents4.5%3.8%2.0%1.5%11.0%
Congregations4.9%1.1%1.1%1.9%30.5%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 88
Charleston County:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
This county:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 19
Charleston County:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 140
Charleston County:

4.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 393
Here:

11.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.8%
South Carolina:

10.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Charleston County:

25.5%
South Carolina:

29.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.7%
State:

13.4%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 66$255,781$46,5063$7,466
Other Government Administration 67$280,179$50,1813$4,335
Judicial and Legal 24$89,853$44,9270$0
Police Protection - Officers 352$1,422,085$48,4800$0
Police - Other 139$423,222$36,5370$0
Firefighters 238$877,291$44,2330$0
Fire - Other 11$33,642$36,7001$1,835
Streets and Highways 63$182,197$34,7040$0
Solid Waste Management 97$279,112$34,5290$0
Parks and Recreation 202$559,502$33,23896$89,448
Housing and Community Development(Local) 12$46,392$46,3920$0
Natural Resources 51$119,698$28,1640$0
Water Supply 429$1,705,524$47,7077$12,505
Other and Unallocable 88$293,723$40,0535$5,145
Totals for Government 1,839$6,568,201$42,859115$120,734

Charleston government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $74,690,000 ($594.75)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $38,337,000 ($305.27)
    Police Protection: $31,005,000 ($246.89)
    Parks and Recreation: $21,513,000 ($171.31)
    Sewerage: $17,825,000 ($141.94)
    Local Fire Protection: $14,625,000 ($116.46)
    Solid Waste Management: $10,681,000 ($85.05)
    Central Staff Services: $8,215,000 ($65.41)
    Parking Facilities: $7,382,000 ($58.78)
    General - Other: $6,407,000 ($51.02)
    Housing and Community Development: $4,378,000 ($34.86)
    Regular Highways: $3,220,000 ($25.64)
    General Public Buildings: $3,206,000 ($25.53)
    Financial Administration: $2,586,000 ($20.59)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,496,000 ($11.91)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,336,000 ($10.64)
    Public Welfare - Other: $683,000 ($5.44)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $7,893,000 ($62.85)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Water Utilities: $1,478,000 ($11.77)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $6,694,000 ($53.30)
    Water Utilities: $1,084,000 ($8.63)
    General - Other: $321,000 ($2.56)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $72,012,000 ($573.42)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $17,819,000 ($141.89)

Charleston government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $32,093,000 ($255.55)
    Parking Facilities: $14,032,000 ($111.73)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,512,000 ($20.00)
    Housing and Community Development: $712,000 ($5.67)
    All Other: $235,000 ($1.87)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $5,358,000 ($42.67)
    Housing and Community Development: $2,151,000 ($17.13)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $10,505,000 ($83.65)
    All Other: $2,073,000 ($16.51)
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $20,609,000 ($164.11)
    Interest Earnings: $2,454,000 ($19.54)
    Sale of Property: $2,026,000 ($16.13)
    General Revenue, NEC: $851,000 ($6.78)
    Rents: $654,000 ($5.21)
    Fines and Forfeits: $505,000 ($4.02)
    Donations From Private Sources: $401,000 ($3.19)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $76,314,000 ($607.68)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $6,000,000 ($47.78)
    All Other: $4,822,000 ($38.40)
  • Tax - Property: $44,958,000 ($357.99)
    Other Selective Sales: $12,644,000 ($100.68)
    Public Utility License: $12,454,000 ($99.17)
    Public Utilities Sales: $6,356,000 ($50.61)
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $3,901,000 ($31.06)

Charleston government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $894,658,000 ($7124.04)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $746,023,000 ($5940.48)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $170,265,000 ($1355.80)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $21,630,000 ($172.24)

Charleston government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $144,873,000 ($1153.60)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $166,488,000 ($1325.72)

10.12% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($56,436 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.12%
South Carolina average:

8.00%

0.20% of residents moved from foreign countries ($663 average AGI)
Charleston County:

0.20%
South Carolina average:

0.15%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Berkeley County, SC  1.38% ($32,650 average AGI)
from Dorchester County, SC  0.88% ($34,264)
from Richland County, SC  0.28% ($44,270)


9.59% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($41,236 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.59%
South Carolina average:

6.88%

0.20% of residents moved to foreign countries ($737 average AGI)
Charleston County:

0.20%
South Carolina average:

0.11%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Berkeley County, SC  1.93% ($38,053 average AGI)
to Dorchester County, SC  1.49% ($37,150)
to Richland County, SC  0.23% ($33,870)

Strongest AM radio stations in Charleston:

  • WSCC (730 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WTMA (1250 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WIQB (1050 AM; 25 kW; CONWAY, SC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WXTC (1390 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, SC)
  • WQSC (1340 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: KIRKMAN BROADCASTING, INC,)
  • WQNT (1450 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: KIRKMAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTMZ (910 AM; 1 kW; DORCHESTER TERR.-BRE, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQTK (950 AM; 10 kW; MONCKS CORNER, SC; Owner: KIRKMAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WZJY (1480 AM; 1 kW; MOUNT PLEASANT, SC; Owner: LEVAS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WCEO (840 AM; daytime; 50 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)
  • WBAJ (890 AM; daytime; 50 kW; BLYTHEWOOD, SC; Owner: FAMILY FIRST)
  • WQIZ (810 AM; daytime; 5 kW; ST. GEORGE, SC; Owner: RADIO PROPERTIES, LLC)
  • WAZS (980 AM; 1 kW; SUMMERVILLE, SC; Owner: THOMAS B. DANIELS)

Strongest FM radio stations in Charleston:

  • WALC (100.5 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WSSX-FM (95.1 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WXLY (102.5 FM; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WEZL (103.5 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • W205BJ (88.9 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WRFQ (104.5 FM; MOUNT PLEASANT, SC; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WSUY (96.9 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WAVF (96.1 FM; HANAHAN, SC; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWWZ (93.3 FM; SUMMERVILLE, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WSCI (89.3 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WYBB (98.1 FM; FOLLY BEACH, SC; Owner: L.M. COMMUNICATIONS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, INC.)
  • WCOO (105.5 FM; KIAWAH ISLAND, SC; Owner: L.M. COMMUNICATIONS II OF SOUTH CAROLINA, INC.)
  • WMGL (101.7 FM; RAVENEL, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W220CN (91.9 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WFCH (88.5 FM; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WSSP (94.3 FM; GOOSE CREEK, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJNI (106.3 FM; LADSON, SC; Owner: THOMAS B. DANIELS)
  • WNKT (107.5 FM; ST. GEORGE, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WYFH (90.7 FM; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WJZX (99.7 FM; HOLLYWOOD, SC; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Charleston:

  • WCBD-TV (Channel 2; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WJEA-LP (Channel 12; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: CHARLES S. NAMEY)
  • WCSC-TV (Channel 5; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: WCSC, INC.)
  • WITV (Channel 7; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WCIV (Channel 4; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: WCIV, LLC)
  • WMMP (Channel 36; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: WMMP LICENSEE L.P.)
  • WTAT-TV (Channel 24; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: WTAT LICENSEE, LLC)
  • W21BX (Channel 21; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WJRB-LP (Channel 18; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: RAUL INFANTE, JR.)
  • WCHD-LP (Channel 49; CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: IZZO LIVING TRUST)
  • WJNI-LP (Channel 57; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: THOMAS B. DANIELS)
  • WTBD-LP (Channel 22; NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; Owner: THOMAS B. DANIELS)
  • WJWJ-TV (Channel 16; BEAUFORT, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • W26CF (Channel 26; SUMMERVILLE, SC; Owner: DOVE BROADCASTING, INC.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)


See more detailed statistics of Charleston fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 51
Total length: 1,860 meters (6,102ft)
Total costs: $18,009,000
Total average daily traffic: 916,958
Total average daily truck traffic: 50,136

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1920-1929: 1
  • 1930-1939: 0
  • 1940-1949: 1
  • 1950-1959: 1
  • 1960-1969: 15
  • 1970-1979: 5
  • 1980-1989: 0
  • 1990-1999: 28
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Charleston, SC

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Charleston)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 388 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 19 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Charleston, SC)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 126 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 88 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 53 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 469 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Charleston)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 3 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Charleston)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 100 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 27 full and 16 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED474$193,575758$255,4102,752$241,37790$133,62118$1,235,001516$275,4373$104,520
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED20$193,87447$287,930201$224,73212$199,1521$7,480,00038$235,6032$34,495
APPLICATIONS DENIED71$156,783194$250,5751,081$281,52454$83,1370$0218$365,43014$71,146
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN59$192,823127$248,895655$236,96319$151,5160$0111$219,8661$127,770
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS9$176,91629$256,602176$258,1765$111,6720$028$233,5061$173,740

Detailed mortgage data for all 41 tracts in Charleston, SC

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2008
(Based on 25 full and 15 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED344$209,547126$225,55967$171,873
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED102$228,37371$234,90429$201,977
APPLICATIONS DENIED36$242,27614$239,06917$239,498
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN20$214,73412$178,9504$193,013
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS10$227,5956$249,0082$470,045

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 141
  • Hazardous Condition: 74
  • Service Call: 6
  • Good Intent Call: 1

Incident types - Charleston


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Charleston, SC

Most common first names in Charleston, SC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William1,18971.8 years
John1,15471.5 years
James1,08469.7 years
Mary1,08177.6 years
Robert68070.0 years
Charles54371.6 years
George53273.3 years
Joseph49172.6 years
Henry41971.7 years
Margaret39977.0 years
Most common last names in Charleston, SC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Brown76571.3 years
Smith53073.5 years
Williams42271.6 years
Johnson41272.1 years
Simmons37071.6 years
Green31071.1 years
Jones30072.5 years
Washington27171.5 years
White25970.5 years
Jenkins24472.5 years
Businesses in Charleston, SC
NameCountNameCount
ALDO1Jimmy Jazz1
AMF Bowling1Jimmy John's1
AT&T2JoS. A. Bank1
Abercrombie & Fitch1Jones New York3
Aeropostale1Journeys1
American Eagle Outfitters1Juicy Couture1
Ann Taylor2Just Tires1
Apple Store1KFC7
Applebee's2Kmart1
Arby's4La Quinta2
AutoZone1Lane Furniture2
BMW1LensCrafters2
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill1Little Caesars Pizza2
Banana Republic1Lowe's2
Bath & Body Works1Marriott5
Bebe1Marshalls1
Bed Bath & Beyond1MasterBrand Cabinets10
Ben & Jerry's1McDonald's7
Best Western3Men's Wearhouse3
Blockbuster3Motel 61
Brooks Brothers1Motherhood Maternity1
Brookstone1New Balance4
Budget Car Rental2New York & Co1
Burger King4Nike21
Burlington Coat Factory1Office Depot1
CVS8Outback1
Cache1Outback Steakhouse1
CarMax1Panera Bread2
Casual Male XL1Papa John's Pizza4
Catherines1Payless3
Charlotte Russe1Penske1
Chick-Fil-A6PetSmart1
Chico's1Pier 1 Imports1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Pizza Hut7
Church's Chicken3Popeyes2
Clarks1Publix Super Markets2
Cold Stone Creamery1Quiznos2
Comfort Inn1RadioShack4
Comfort Suites1Ramada1
Costco1Red Lobster1
Cricket Wireless4Rite Aid6
Curves2Ruby Tuesday2
DHL4Rue211
Days Inn1Ryan's Grill1
Deb1SAS Shoes1
Decora Cabinetry1SONIC Drive-In1
Domino's Pizza3Sears4
Dunkin Donuts5Shoe Carnival1
Econo Lodge1Sleep Inn1
Express1Sprint Nextel2
Famous Footwear1Staples1
FedEx56Starbucks8
Finish Line1Subway1
Firestone Complete Auto Care3T-Mobile7
Foot Locker1Taco Bell4
Forever 211Talbots2
GNC4Target1
GameStop4The Limited1
Gap1The Room Place1
Goodwill1Tire Kingdom1
H&R Block5Toys"R"Us1
Hardee's3True Value3
Havertys Furniture2U-Haul7
Haworth1UPS49
Hawthorn1Urban Outfitters1
Holiday Inn4Vans4
Hollister Co.1Verizon Wireless1
Home Depot2Victoria's Secret2
Hyatt2Waffle House2
IHOP1Walgreens2
InTown Suites2Walmart2
J.Crew1Wet Seal1
JCPenney1YMCA1
Browse common businesses in Charleston, SC


Charleston on our top lists:

  • #20 on the list of "Top 100 cities with strongest arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services industries (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of college students (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 100 cities with largest land areas (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #19 (29401) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the most museums in 2005"
  • #65 (29401) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Celtic first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #66 (29464) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of New Zealander first ancestries"
  • #68 (29401) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest charity contributions deductions as a percentage of AGI in 2004 (pop 5,000+)"
  • #75 (29401) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the highest 2004 average reported profit/loss from business (pop 5,000+)"
  • #85 (29401) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Scotch-Irish first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #91 (29401) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of British first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #91 (29464) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the most full service restaurants in 2005"
  • #94 (29401) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Latvian first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 1990-1999 to 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that had a sunburn in the past 12 months"
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State forum archive:

Top Patent Applicants
Top Patent Applicants
  • Sohrab Soltani (15)
  • Kelvin G.m. Brockbank (13)
  • John N. Vournakis (13)
  • Brandon Shane Gerber (12)
  • John C. Blackburn (12)
  • Karen Miller-Kovach (10)
  • Jon O. Fabri (8)
  • Paul Bosse (7)
  • Gautam Ghatnekar (7)
  • Henry M. Hay, Iii (7)

Total of 475 patent applications in 2008-2014.

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