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Pros

-Historic interest
-Cost of living
-Pleasant winters

Cons

-Hot, humid summers
-Tourist impact
-Air service


What Bert Has To Say About Charleston-North Charleston Metro Area


Charleston is a unique 300-year-old city with a fascinating historic tradition as an 18th-century seaport and business center and location of the initial moments of the Civil War. History has left its imprint, particularly on the city center, where a large and beautifully preserved mainly residential historic district is popular with local residents and tourists, and has become more popular with wealthy “refugees” from northeastern cities. Today there is some small industry, but major industries and the old seaport are gone. The area is supported by tourism and is known as a good place for small business.

To the northwest lie features of a typical southern city, with areas of magnolia-lined streets, older homes, and commercial buildings, mixed in with some less attractive and impoverished areas. Those used to typical downtown skyscrapers won’t find them here. Old plantation homes on large spreads lie to the south and west in varying conditions both near the water and further inland; away from the coastal resorts these areas aren’t doing well. The rapidly growing North Charleston is actually as big as Charleston and is the third largest city in the state. The layout is typically suburban with large areas of retail and commercial development; if Charleston represents the “old South” then North Charleston is the newer version.

Besides historic sites, Charleston has some minor cultural amenities and good seafood and southern-style restaurants. The lifestyle is slow paced, pleasant, and dignified, but the city is relatively isolated from other big cities. There are a number of recreational opportunities and excellent golf courses, especially in the island areas to the south. Overall cost of living is moderate for what is available, but there is a big difference in cost between the historic center and outlying areas.

Charleston is a peninsula city bounded by two rivers, opening onto a spacious harbor. The terrain is generally level with gradual increases in elevation toward inland areas. Abundant coniferous forests occur inland. The climate is humid subtropical, modified considerably by the ocean. Winter low temperatures may be l0 degrees to l5 degrees higher on the peninsula than inland. Summer is warm and humid, but temperatures exceeding l00 degrees are infrequent and sea breezes keep coastal temperatures lower. Fall is pleasant with sun, rare temperature extremes, and long Indian summers. The December to February winter is mild with periods of steady rain and chances of snow flurries, but accumulation is rare. Most winters have one cold spell, but temperatures below 20 degrees are unusual. Spring thunderstorms, some severe, and the occasional Atlantic hurricane, punctuate precipitation patterns.


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Quick Facts About North Charleston


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in North Charleston is 4.70 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. North Charleston jobs have Increased by 0.65 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, North Charleston's cost of living is 9.50% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, North Charleston's population is 98,150 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 12.50 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in North Charleston is $113,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 4.90 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    North Charleston public schools spend $13,272 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 10 students per teacher in North Charleston.

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Metro Charleston
I was stationed at the Charleston Naval Station in the early 90s and have regreted leaving ever since. Being a Navy guy meant I traveled a lot and had my girlfriend... (read more)
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Charleston seems like a lovely place to live, until you realize that it's too expensive to actually live there. Instead, we all live in the surrounding cities, like... (read more)
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I recently relocated here from upstate New York. The crime is out of control at least in my personal opinion. There is a shooting/robbery/car-jacking on the news just... (read more)
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