Charleston

Charleston

One of the most beautiful and historic cities in the United States.

Welcome to Charleston Real Estate

 
A hip and lively town abounding in southern hospitality and Old World charm.
 
Charleston is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the United States. Two-story brick rowhouses, trimmed with Charleston green and haint blue porch ceilings, sit along cobblestone streets dappled with shade from stately live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Charleston's other notable architectural feature is the clustered spires of its many beautiful historic churches, including St. Michael’s and St. Philip’s. Charleston sits at the convergence of the Ashely and Cooper Rivers, so residents are treated to picture-perfect water views and some of the most splendid sunrises and sunsets imaginable. There’s a historic tale around every corner of this storied town, from legends of pirates to accounts from the Civil War.
 
Charleston is known for its Old World southern hospitality, evidenced by the decorative pineapple accents throughout town, including the centerpiece of Joe Riley Waterfront Park, The Pineapple Fountain. According to legend, sailors returning home would place a speared pineapple in front of their house, indicating that visitors were welcome to come in and share drinks and tales of sailing adventures. Nowadays, the pineapple has become a well-known symbol of southern hospitality. The downtown area is lively, always buzzing with tourists and locals alike. There are fantastic upscale shops and boutiques along King Street and unique local vendors and artisans at the Historic Charleston City Market. The city also boasts a colorful array of restaurants and chic dive bars. For a more quiet and relaxing ambiance, the town offers many beautiful parks and gardens, most of which provide fantastic waterfront views. 
 

What to Love

 
  • Gorgeous historic Southern architecture
  • Picturesque river views
  • Unique shopping venues
  • Great restaurants

Local Lifestyle

 
Charleston is a delightful place to call home. It’s one of the oldest cities in the United States and is rife with beautiful historic architecture and Old World southern charm. From the colorful homes of Rainbow Row and the Historic Charleston City Market to the gorgeous views at Joe Riley Waterfront Park, you’ll find something to love about this town around every corner. Mornings will greet you with stunning sunrises over Charleston Harbor as you walk the cobblestone streets of the French Quarter and grab a pastry and coffee at the Harken Cafe. Seated on a bench beneath the shade of a sprawling old oak, you can enjoy breakfast while watching boats sail along the beautiful Cooper River. If you prefer, you can take a long walk or jog across the majestic Arthur Ravenel Bridge. You can dine at spectacular restaurants in the evenings and enjoy sunsets over the Ashely River. Charleston has something for everyone — history buffs, foodies, nature lovers, sportspeople, and those seeking upscale shopping therapy. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 
One of Charleston’s claims to fame is the phenomenal dining the city offers. In particular, the city’s restaurants boast some of the finest seafood and authentic Southern fare found south of the Mason Dixon. The Fig Restaurant features creative modern twists on traditional southern fare. The restaurant has an inviting and stylish decor, a thoughtfully curated wine list, and superb cocktails. 167 Raw is a cozy and modern oyster bar specializing in fresh local seafood dishes, and the restaurant also has an elegant outdoor dining patio. Whether you want to enjoy a plate of succulent fresh oysters or fantastic fish tacos, 167 Raw will delight your palate.
 
In addition to its fine restaurants, Charleston is also known for its fantastic shopping scene. You’ll find fabulous designer shops and boutiques along King Street. The historic Charleston City Market is one of the most unique (and popular) shopping spots. Here you’ll find four city blocks of local vendors and artisans featuring fantastic art, goods, gifts, and specialty food items. If you happen to be out for a drive along 17N, you’ll find many sweetgrass baskets along the side of the highway. These vendors offer beautiful handmade sweetgrass baskets, another traditional Charleston icon.
 

Things to Do in Charleston

 
There’s always something to do or see in Charleston. History buffs will enjoy visiting famous sites like Fort Sumter and the Old City Jail. Nature lovers will enjoy the gorgeous green spaces, waterfront promenades, and fabulous views at The Battery and Joe Riley Waterfront Park. While at the Waterfront Park, stop by The City Gallery and enjoy some fantastic art exhibits. The Waterfront Park is also where you’ll find the Pineapple Fountain, a famous landmark and “selfie” location. It’s also a popular spot for weddings. In the heart of downtown, you’ll find beautiful floral displays at Hampton Park
 
Marion Square features historical monuments and a farmer’s market. Charleston also hosts many events and festivals throughout the year. Christmas isn’t complete without a horse-drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter, and the most anticipated event is the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The festival brings together artisans, musicians, poets, and theatrical performances for a wonderful family-friendly cultural event.
 

Charleston Schools

 
Charleston is also the proud home of many excellent public and private schools. 
 

Charleston Real Estate Expert

 
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Overview for Charleston, SC

147,928 people live in Charleston, where the median age is 35.5 and the average individual income is $50,240. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

147,928

Total Population

35.5 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$50,240

Average individual Income

Around Charleston, SC

There's plenty to do around Charleston, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
51
Bikeable
Bike Score
30
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including India Spice, Pure Fluff, and Little Peanut Pastries.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 1.72 miles 17 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 3.25 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.46 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.94 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.49 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.47 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Charleston, SC

Charleston has 63,760 households, with an average household size of 2.23. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Charleston do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 147,928 people call Charleston home. The population density is 1,288.65 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

147,928

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

35.5

Median Age

47.45 / 52.55%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
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63,760

Total Households

2.23

Average Household Size

$50,240

Average individual Income

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Schools in Charleston, SC

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The following schools are within or nearby Charleston. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Philip Simmons Middle
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Philip Simmons Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
4/5
Springfield Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
St. Andrew's School of Math and Science
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Charleston Progressive
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
C. E. Williams Middle School for Creative and Scientific Art
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Allegro Charter School of Music
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
2/5
Simmons Pinckney Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Blessed Sacrament School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
First Baptist School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
The Charleston Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Drayton Hall Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
1st - 8th
5/5
Charleston Charter School for Math and Science
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
3/5
Montessori Community School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Carolina Voyager Charter
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
Charles Towne Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Mason Preparatory School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
Westminster Presbyterian Preschool
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Trinity Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 1st
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Montessori Fountainhead School
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
Memminger Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
James Simons Montessori
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Stono Park Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Charleston Development Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Charleston Sda School
PRIVATE
K - 9th
No rating available
Meeting Street Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Mitchell Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Sanders-Clyde Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Orange Grove Charter School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Charleston Day School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Harvest Time International Academy
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
New Israel Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Harbor View Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Murray-LaSaine Montessori
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Stiles Point Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
James Island Charter High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
O'Quinn Schools Of Porter Gaud
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available

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