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Not anymore
I think Charleston used to be a wonderful place; 30 years ago.
Now; not so much.
I moved here from the West Coast, and everyone Told me that it would be like going back 100 years. I didn’t believe them, I thought “come on man it’s the 21st-century”! Well, this is a good old boys town, and there is still certainly tension racially, as well as women having no place in business.
I am a musician, and for the first time in my life, I cannot get booked. Everywhere you go, there are men bands, men solo acts, but a small fraction of women performers.
The traffic is horrendous, but no one will do anything about the infrastructure. The developers are hand in hand with the City, as they get the large 500 unit condo projects, and massive housing developments approved with no problems, even with large community disapproval. I am so disappointed in this city.



NO southern hospitality
Okay, i so rarely leave reviews but I moved to the Charleston area based on positive reviews so here's my take:
As much as they claim southern hospitality, this place is the most toxic and hateful place I've ever lived (and this is coming from Memphis, TN). The residents here are divided into two groups, native and non-native and that differentiation is of utmost importance. if you choose to move here, you're not wanted and you're reminded daily of this. They do give SOME allowance for military who are forced to live here but they're still treated poorly. You will not be able to leave the house without being flipped off for walking or driving or breathing, whether native or not and fights often break out at the grocery store/park/etc. Traffic is horrendous. I work from home and moved here because I want to adopt soon and wanted a safer place to raise a child. I've unfortunately delayed that until i can move again because I can't imagine raising a child in such a toxic city. Real Estate is overpriced, imo and service companies are severely lacking. Charleston is marked as being one the most ideal places to live in the country but i would argue that while it's beautiful, you have to be prepared for atrocious traffic and the most inhospitable residents I can even imagine. Steer clear if you have a choice!



cool town from what I saw
I was in town for a weekend and stayed in the downtown historic district. Ate several bowls of She Crab soup, took the horse drawn tour, stayed on Queen street. It was raining the whole time but it was a cool town with a lot of old historical buildings.



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best place to live if you have loads of money
Charleston is the worst place I've lived at so far. You have to own a car to live here as the public transportation system is pratically useless and non existent in most areas. Its extremely hard to find a job. If you're not from here the people who are, will make you feel like you don't belong. The people are stuck up, rich, and lots of trust fund babies. This area is not meant for someone who doesn't have loads of money. Yea sure this place is beautiful. But there's only so much you can do before you get tired of looking at the battery. Or walking downtown. Or going to the beaches that are over rated. Traffic is horrible 90 percent of the time. There is always an accident. There really isn't anything to do around here unless you have money. If you have money than yea go to the bars, go shopping, you can afford to do fun things. Even the museam cost money and even then they're not number one on my list to go and visit on my day off. If youre gay, dont come here. Its anti LGBT. The gay bars here are just hole in the walls. The main gay bar here is owned by a coke head. Everyone who works there does drugs. Seriously place sucks. I can't wait to leave this hell hole



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Finding My Happy
Hello All!!!

My name is Tina and I am from Washington, D.C. I've lived here for all of my life...well between D.C. and MD. I will always be a D.C. girl, but it is very expensive up here and I feel as though it is time for a change. I decided on Charleston, because it is the only real city like place I've seen down south. It reminds me of MD. I appears that Charleston is on the rise as well. As far as the rudeness everyone is speaking about I noticed it and it is really shocking to me. Nevertheless, the numbers do not look bad and if I can make things happen in D.C., I can do it anywhere. Besides I travelled down south back and forth for decades during the summers and every fall. I'm just going to give it a try. There is nothing to it, but to do it!



Hmmmm. Number one destination in the country???
Let's see...the worst drivers in the country...number one in domestic abuse...the worst school system...corrupt government...high poverty rate...low wages...and the rudest people on earth. So much for southern hospitality. You almost have to apologize if you're from the north. You have to bend over backwards to prove that you don't feel like you're better than the natives to dispel their pre-formed opinions. The infrastructure is terrible and the roads are awful even though you pay a property tax on your vehicle. Gas is cheap, but not for long cause the dear governor wants to charge a gas tax. No vehicle inspections so cars broke down everywhere. Accidents everywhere and 4 of 5 drivers are talking and texting. Not to mention the drivers who pull out in front of you regularly and turn left on a 6 lane main thoroughfare.
Oh yes, and I almost forgot to mention all this culture. How many times can you see the same historical attractions. Architecture?...please. Beaches....please. Now they want to prohibit parking. How else do you get there?! Downtown nightlife consists of loud rowdy packed bars packed with 20 somethings. Where are the nice jazz lounges for the adults who appreciate live quality entertainment.
Welcome to the number one destination for the rich and priveledged.



Very expensive to live here
We have lived in Charleston for three and a half years and we are looking to move. The cost of living is VERY expensive. Food and housing are expensive. Sales tax is high. The unemployment rate is high. The majority of people home school their kids because the schools are not good. Traffic is crazy; they won’t build bridges because of the naval base. People in general are incompetent and rude. There is a lack of infrastructure. There is a pathetic pubic transit system that is pretty much useless because no civil engineers were consulted in the building of the city. Everything is spread out so you would need to own a car here. There are no sidewalks. There is a serious lack of ethics that goes beyond rudeness. 90% of the people who live here are not from here. The weather can’t be beat and the beaches are gorgeous. Think twice before you move here the population has a NEGATIVE 7% growth rate.



Charleston: Best City in the World
Charleston is a very beautiful city on the Atlantic coast in South Carolina. We are mild in the winter (though we can have very cold days)and hot and humid in the summer. Charleston is over 300 years old and consequently has a lot of history. We were a colonial city until the American Revolution and still have some buildings that go back to colonial days. We also basically started the Civil War and we have Fort Sumter (the flash point of the war) right in our harbor. We are a city that appreciates and values art and music and every year we have the Spoleto Festival for the last 17 or so days at the end of May/beginning of June. We have theatre companies, ballet, more artists than you can shake a stick at. We also have the oldest municipal college in America, the first museum in America and the first submarine to sink an enemy ship.



Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city that has a lot to offer people who reside or visit here. I’m from Charleston, as I was born on the old Charleston Naval Base. I’ve seen this city grow tremendously from the 1970’s to the present. Familiar landmarks have been replaced by newer ones, and the infrastructure has been revamped, or new infrastructure built.

I’ve read the many comments that people have posted here about Charleston. There were some extreme negative things mentioned, but please don’t allow such posts scare you away from visiting or relocating here. You have to realize that people provide their input based on their own experiences in any place that they visit. I assure you that Charleston is like any other American city but, with their own character and niche.

It is true that the education here in South Carolina is not up to standard with the rest of the country, but there are numerous private and charter schools that children can attend. My old alma mater is the College of Charleston, which has a very challenging curriculum. In fact, students use to transfer to Ivey League schools from CofC because of the high educational value that this University offers. CofC is only one of many colleges and Universities here in Charleston.

It is very hot and humid here, but what would you expect? Charleston has a sub-tropical climate. Charleston is also a literal swamp that is composed of many inlet waterways and islands. You also have gnats, mosquitoes, and roaches which flourish in this area because of the swamps and moisture that exists here. Charleston is made up of filled in land because of the vast amounts of wetlands that make up this city. That’s why we are referred to as, “The Lowcountry”. We are at or below sea level here on the coast. A lot of our infrastructure is elevated, because of Charleston’s low lying geographical areas. Remember….you are in a swamp here in Charleston.

Contrary to what some people think, Charleston is not a backward city by any means. Charleston boasts about its many firsts here in this country. Here are some examples of this city‘s many firsts: Museum, public library, municipal college (College of Charleston), theatre (Dock Street Theatre), city transit system (Best Friend of Charleston), modern apartment complex (Ansonborough Homes), and one of America’s oldest newspapers, “The Post and Courier” (originally….The News and Courier), and let’s not forget about this country’s first preservation society being established here. Charleston guided other American cities to assist them in their attempts to preserved their historic landmarks. South Carolina Electric and Gas, or just simply SCE&G, was the first utility in America to utilize computers and fiber optic technology. There are many other firsts here, but those listed are the primary ones to mention.

I will admit that our infrastructure is lagging behind. You have to realize that Charleston has been stagnant in its growth since the end of the colonial era, so the need to expand the road systems here have been very slow. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that Charleston starting to boom with its growth. It has been difficult for the planners to keep up with this growth, as they try and anticipate the direction, and the amount of growth expected. Charleston is in a major need of a second interstate system because I 26 is the only major interstate that is a main artery for people to enter and leave the city, though several smaller outlets do exist. We do have I 526, but that’s a beltway system. I was here during Hurricane Hugo in 1989, and the governor at that time reversed all lanes of I 26 to allow people to evacuate. Today, Charleston has nearly 4 times the population that it had 23 years ago.

It is true that the cost of living here is very high, and the wage earnings are extremely low. If you are searching for a more affordable, smaller, or rural place to reside, you may want to consider Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, or Summerville. There are many other cities and townships that make up Charleston, but the ones mentioned are just a few of the main locales that you could look into.

South Carolina and particularly Charleston, take pride in its history. There is a South Carolina history text in the public school system, at least there was when I was in school. This is true because there is so much history in this state. People always talk about the Civil War when it comes to Charleston. In reality, Charleston’s role in the American Revolutionary War was greater than its role in the Civil War. Yes….the first shots of the Civil War were fired here, but most of the battles were fought away from South Carolina. During the American Revolutionary War, there were more battles fought in the state of S.C. than in any of the states of the original 13 colonies. Charleston was also the site of the first decisive victory in the American Revolutionary War at Fort Sullivan (later….Ft. Moultrie), which was commanded by William Moultrie. This fort was built out of palmetto logs which absorbed cannon fire or caused them to bounce off of the fort’s walls. This gave South Carolina its nickname, “The Palmetto State”.

Visit Charleston if you get the chance. As a Charlestonian myself, I welcome anyone and everyone to visit or relocate here. I like the fact that so many people from elsewhere in the country, have chosen Charleston to be their new home. There are bad places as well as good places here. Charleston is no exception from any other American cities, in that respect. The good places well outnumber those areas that aren’t so good to settle in. Please research the history on Charleston, so that you will have a better perspective on this place. Thank you.



living in charleston sc
I have lived in charleston sc for the last 3 yrs. Like any other cities it has its good and bad points. I love the weather and the beaches. There is a lot of history here and Charlestonians take a great deal of pride in their history. I always find something to do here. There is reasonable housing here but you need to know the area. South Carolina, in my opinion, does not have the best schools,if I had school age kids I would not move here. They have universities and other schools of higher education and they are quite good but local schools are lacking. The job prospects are not good here but with the right skills and education you can succeed. I am retired so for me it works. SC has alot to offer it just needs to elect people who can bring in the jobs and grow the city.




I visited Charleston this past week, fell in love with it, and will be living here, full time in a week.



Keep away if you value your sanity!!
Abysmally atrocious infrastructure (ie traffic flow, road care, etc), horrific public schools (that teach only SC history...really.), narrow-minded, slow-witted and downright ignorant citizens. And worst of all, people are just happy/okay with the state of the place--who cares if it takes 4o minutes to travel 5 miles due to the staggering traffic jams?Who cares if our children are among the dumbest and most illiterate in the country? The list goes on.
I never understood the stereotype of 'Southerners' until I lived in this state; and this place proves it all makes me embarrassed to say I was born in Florida, since that's considered the South, as well.
Besides, downtown offers no parking to see the sights, the beaches have one road in and one road out (do the math on that for summertime visitors) and offer only brown silty water and trash-laden sand, anyway.
There are many charming, friendly, pleasant places to live on the Southern coasts of the U.S., but Charleston is NOT one of them.


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