Charleston

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
234/263
Details
Large apartment$2228.43
Medium apartment$1753.95
Rent index [score]0.46
Small apartment$1279.48

Cost of Living

4
231/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.10
A Cappuccino$4.80
A beer$2.10
A kilogram of Apples$4.20
Bread$1.10
Inflation [score]0.36
Lunch$11.00
Monthly fitness club membership$48.00
Monthly public transport$52.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$81.91

Startups

4
123/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.30
Coworking spaces [score]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co17
Meetups [score]0.20
Meetups groups38
Meetups members9714
Number of investors30
Number of startup events in the last 12 months120
Number of upcoming meetup events17
Startup climate scene [score]0.47
Startup events24
Startup events30
Startup events [score]0.52
Startups [score]0.58
Total number of startups108

Venture Capital

4
76/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.44

Travel Connectivity

1
216/260
Details
Airport hub20
Airport hub [score]0.16
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

4
194/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Charleston
Traffic handling [score]0.66

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

4
241/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.46
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year16
Guns per 100 residents122
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.58
Lack of guns [score]0.42
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.50

Healthcare

7
136/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.38
Healthcare quality [score]0.89
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
155/230
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07

Environmental Quality

8
78/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.92
Cleanliness [score]0.85
Drinking water quality [score]0.47
Urban greenery [score]0.79

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
171/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.29
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.09

Internet Access

7
48/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)66.78
Internet access (download) [score]0.88
Internet access (upload) [score]0.47
Upload speed (Mbps)10.57

Leisure & Culture

7
98/263
Details
Art galleries102
Art galleries [score]0.62
Cinemas65
Cinemas [score]0.50
Comedy clubs21
Comedy clubs [score]0.51
Concert venues85
Concerts [score]0.56
Historical sites91
Historical sites [score]0.73
Museums53
Museums [score]0.60
Performing art venues95
Performing arts [score]0.61
Sport venues33
Sports [score]0.59
Zoos10
Zoos [score]0.62

Tolerance

8
34/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index70.00
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.71
LGBT adoption rightsAmbiguous
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.86

Outdoors

5
109/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.10
Median peak in meters8.50
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)17.00
Water access [score]0.91
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Charleston are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities and the 10th most expensive in the United States. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Charleston will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,338$2,170
$1754
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$48
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$47
Monthly public transport$52
Lunch$11
-12%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Charleston are very high. For this job type, Charleston ranks 4th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Charleston.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$98,636
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

122.01
Guns per 100 people
15.60
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic

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  • Public Transport

Who lives here

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
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LGBT rights in Charleston

Discrimination

No Protections

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Ambiguous

Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

259

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Charleston

Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and the principal city in the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, or, as is locally expressed, "where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean." Charleston had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015. The population of the Charleston metropolitan area, comprising Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties, was counted by the 2015 estimate at 727,689—the third-largest in the state—and the 78th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

Charleston was founded as Charles Town—honoring King Charles II of England—in 1670. Its initial location at Albemarle Point on the west bank of the Ashley River (now Charles Towne Landing) was abandoned in 1680 for its present site, which became the 5th-largest city in North America within 10 years. Despite its size, it remained unincorporated throughout the colonial period; its government was handled directly by the state legislature and by its Anglican parish wardens and vestries. It adopted its present spelling with its incorporation as a city in 1783 at the close of the Revolutionary War. Endemic bouts of yellow fever and malaria influenced the removal of the state government to Columbia in 1788, although the port remained among the 10 largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census. The only major American city to have a majority-enslaved population, Antebellum Charleston was controlled by a militarized oligarchy of white planters and merchants who successfully forced the federal government to revise its 1828 and 1832 tariffs during the Nullification Crisis and launched the Civil War by seizing the Arsenal, Castle Pinckney, and Fort Sumter from their federal garrisons. The Confederates burned the town prior to its evacuation but continued demand for the area's cotton and rice, along with growing industry and a large military presence, saw it through Reconstruction.

Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including "America's Most Friendly [City]" by Travel + Leisure in 2011 and in 2013 and 2014 by Condé Nast Traveler, and also "the most polite and hospitable city in America" by Southern Living magazine. In 2016, Charleston was ranked the "World's Best City" by Travel + Leisure .

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