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View Poll Results: Which City Do you Prefer?
Charleston, SC 79 52.32%
New Orleans 72 47.68%
Voters: 151. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-11-2010, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I Choose Charleston. I had a Family reunion there once and its such a beautiful place.
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:11 AM
 
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Charleston, SC and New Orleans are both great cities that don't seem to get enough recognition on City-Data. Both cities are walk-able, both have great food, lots of culture, lots of art and tons of history. Both are also located on the water, N.O. is on Lake Pontchartrain and has a significant port, and Charleston is right on the Atlantic with its beautiful harbor. Charleston is smaller than N.O., but I think it has a lot to offer.

Which do you think is better and why? KEEP IT POSITIVE!

Here's some criteria:

Art
Music
Food
Walk-ability
Natural Amenities (beaches, swamps, etc.)
History
Location
Lifestyle
Weather
Entertainment
QOL
COL
Before I even start I have to say the vibe in NO is untouched by anything. It'll win with vibe alone, but I'll play along...

Art probably Charleston
Music........... NO by a massive margin... blues, jazz, hip-hop leader
Food............ NO by another huge margin... They are known for food, but I do like that low country boil in the low country
Walk-ability... both
Natural Amenities...... NO, south Lousiana is unique
History......... very few US cities can beat NO in history Charleston is one
Location....... dunno, both
Lifestyle....... THe big easy is the big easy, but lifestyle took a hit after katrina; Charleston
Weather....... both hot and muggy
Entertainment. NO; one of the top 5 cities in the country
QOL............. dunno
COL............. dunno
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Charleston easily wins it for me.

Art - Probably a tie or slight edge to NO
Music - NO, hands down
Food - Tie. Charleston has A LOT of very good restaurants as a former home to Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute.
Walk-ability - Charleston, hands down. Simply b/c you don't have to worry as much about straying one block into the wrong neighborhood...and the weather is more conducive for walking.
Natural Amenities (beaches, swamps, etc.) - Charleston: the dunes, beaches, rivers, marshes, etc are awesome.
History - Tie, with maybe a slight edge to Charleston
Location - Charleston by a landslide. Easy access to I-95 and the eastern seaboard. Also only a few hours drive to the SC Upcountry and mountains of western NC.
Lifestyle - Charleston
Weather - Charleston, b/c its less sauna-like for less of the year, and actually does offer a bit of a 4-season climate
Entertainment - NO. Size alone is enough to put NO ahead, but obviously there's more to it than that.
QOL - If one needs big-city amenities, then NO. If a mid-size city is enough, then Charleston
COL - Housing is more in Charleston, but I think that's reflective of the more middle and upper-class atmosphere in Charleston. I would expect a nice middle-class home in a good NO neighborhood wouldn't be much cheaper than in Charleston. Most other COL factors are higher in NO. Thus, I'd give the edge to Charleston in this category.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:48 AM
 
Location: East Passyunk
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COL - Housing is more in Charleston, but I think that's reflective of the more middle and upper-class atmosphere in Charleston. I would expect a nice middle-class home in a good NO neighborhood wouldn't be much cheaper than in Charleston. Most other COL factors are higher in NO. Thus, I'd give the edge to Charleston in this category.
I may be wrong about this, but I got the impression that Charleston, similar to San Fran, has a higher COL if you want to live around downtown. The reason I say this is because Charleston only has so much land in that area, which is surrounded by water. To that end, NO might have more real estate options and a cheaper COL if you want to live in a neighborhood that's closely integrated with downtown.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I may be wrong about this, but I got the impression that Charleston, similar to San Fran, has a higher COL if you want to live around downtown. The reason I say this is because Charleston only has so much land in that area, which is surrounded by water. To that end, NO might have more real estate options and a cheaper COL if you want to live in a neighborhood that's closely integrated with downtown.
I think there's some truth to that. If you look at Sotheby's website, Charleston has about twice as many properties listed despite its considerbaly smaller size. This gives you a good idea about how much money there is in Charleston.

http://www.sothebysrealty.com/en/PropertySearchResults.aspx?N=12%20149%204294942307 %204294942513&curr=USD&No=8 (broken link)

As far as rental prices, this may be give us some idea:

charleston apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist

new orleans apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist

They seem about the same to me...Charleston may be a little more pricey.

I forgot to mention food. NOLA has the food on lock. Charleston is not known for nearly the range of cuisine that New Orleans is.

As far as the aesthetic appeal of the two cities, I gotta go with Charleston.







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Old 08-12-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: East Passyunk
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I think there's some truth to that. If you look at Sotheby's website, Charleston has about twice as many properties listed despite its considerbaly smaller size. This gives you a good idea about how much money there is in Charleston.

Property Search Results | Sotheby's International Realty® (http://www.sothebysrealty.com/en/PropertySearchResults.aspx?N=12%20149%204294942307 %204294942513&curr=USD&No=8 - broken link)

As far as rental prices, this may be give us some idea:

charleston apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist

new orleans apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist

They seem about the same to me...Charleston may be a little more pricey.

I forgot to mention food. NOLA has the food on lock. Charleston is not known for nearly the range of cuisine that New Orleans is.

As far as the aesthetic appeal of the two cities, I gotta go with Charleston.






Great pics! It makes me want to go back right now! However, I'll wait till next year's Spoleto Festival...what a great time to visit.
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Food............ NO by another huge margin... They are known for food, but I do like that low country boil in the low country
Whoever wins this one I wouldn't say it would be by a huge margin. They both have excellent cuisine and are known worldwide for it, but I can understand New Orleans getting the nod in this category. You really couldn't go wrong with either.
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:58 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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What I really want to know is what are the big differences between the two outside of Gullah/Creole and Spanish/British? From everything I see and read they are beyond similar. I would ask this on the local forums, but I would probably leave the SC forum upset and the LA forum would probably be biased.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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What I really want to know is what are the big differences between the two outside of Gullah/Creole and Spanish/British?
Good question. Even their local economies are similar, with the exception of energy in NOLA. Both have tourism, a good mix of educational institutions, and the ports as economic pillars. Both are prone to hurricanes. NOLA is much more of a party city, while Charleston considers itself more cultured and refined (some would say snobbish, LOL). NOLA has historically had more Blacks in political leadership positions than Charleston, which hasn't even had a Black mayor yet. Also, interestingly, Charleston doesn't have an HBCU. That's a little odd for a city where Black/African/Gullah culture has had a noticeable influence on the character of the city.
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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Who has the better cuisine? I love food from N.O. but I don't eat the low country stuff (once at a local place in ATL) often. What's the difference between Savannah cuisine and Charleston's cuisines by the way (off topic a little, I know). These are two of the classic 5 Southern cities (the classic are too unique to be duplicated) and it's probably a toss up to me. This is probably a dumb question but do Charlestonians really sound like non-rhotic Canadians (still)?
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