Mount Pleasant, SC

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Mount Pleasant, SC

About Mount Pleasant, SC

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is a charming city located just outside of Charleston. Here you'll find plenty of outdoor activities such as Middleton Place historic plantation grounds or guided tours along Shem Creek. Mid-sized coastal city complex - On the Atlantic Coast North of Savannah and South of Myrtle Beach.

State: South Carolina
County: Charleston County
Metro Area: Charleston-North Charleston Metro Area
City: Mount Pleasant
Zip Codes: 29464 29466
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 48 ft above sea level

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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Mount Pleasant Cost of Living

Historic interest, cost of living, and pleasant winters make Mount Pleasant a great place to live.

+50.2% higher than avg
+35.0% higher than avg
$1,575 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+27.1% higher than avg
Mount Pleasant Crime
26.9 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Over 3 years ago

Mount Pleasant and the surrounding Charleston area has changed drastically over the years. Entirely too many people have moved here and cost of living is skyrocketing.  More

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I fell in Love with Charleston and its neighboring town over 30 years ago. The people were the nicest and most hospitable people I had ever met. Downtown Charleston  More

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Over 8 years ago

Charleston is an amazing place! I grew up there. Mt. Pleasant will be your most pretentious people. The majority of people that live there now are no originally from  More

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