The Charleston metro area is made up of three counties – Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester-thus called the tri-county area. The population of the tri-county area is approximately 665,000 and growing. Over the last three decades the population has grown steadily averaging 20% per decade. This steady growth pattern is a true indication that Charleston is a great place to live. Charleston’s pleasant climate, abundant history, focus on culture and arts, fabulous food and southern charm are just a few of the factors that bring people to the area.
Charleston attracts people of all ages and backgrounds. Students come here to attend The Citadel, The College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University and the Medical University of South Carolina. Retirees come here to enjoy our nice weather and relaxed pace. Families relocate here to take advantage of the high quality of life without the high price tag. Charleston is unique in that it offers so much culture and variety without being overcrowded and overpriced.
Tourism has been and still is Charleston’s main industry, however, many businesses like Boeing and Google have planted roots in Charleston to take advantage of our economic opportunities.
Charleston has been given many names and awards over the years including:
The Holy City
America’s Most Friendly
The most polite and hospitable city in America
Second best dressed city in America
Charlestonians take pride in being helpful and polite. We like to make people feel welcome.