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Charleston is a city in Charleston County. (The community straddles Charleston and Berkeley counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the county seat.

The community was named for King Charles II of England

The latitude of Charleston is 32.776N. The longitude is -79.931W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 20 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 101,024.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Charleston demographic reports
Charleston is on the Ashley and Cooper rivers and the Atlantic Ocean.
Charleston was colonial America?s largest and most prosperous metropolis south of Philadelphia, and its major southern port.

The Civil War began here with the attack on Union forces at Fort Sumter, in the harbor.

The local economy took a huge hit in 1996, with the closure of Charleston Naval Base. Thousands of civilian and military jobs were lost.

Government and business worked together, with significant success, to replace the lost Navy jobs. The warm climate and busy port have helped attract many new companies to the region.

Public transportation: Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 879. The number of murders and homicides was 15. The violent crime rate was 8.8 per 1,000 people.
Selected by AARP magazine in 2003 as No. 6 among the "15 Best Places to Reinvent Your Life."
Charleston received national attention for 1995 court decision ordering woman's admission to the Citadel, state military school
Local foods: she-crab soup
Filming location for:
· 1939 movie, "Gone With the Wind"
· 2004 movie, "The Notebook"
· 2000 movie, "The Patriot"
Well-known residents have included:
· Angelina and Sarah Grimk?, abolitionists
· Darius Rucker, lead singer with Hootie and the Blowfish
· Art Shell, football player
· Septima Clark, teacher and civil rights activist
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • ChazzFest - Sept. 22, 2007
  • Lowcountry Blues Bash - Feb. 9-18, 2007
  • Shrimp Harvest Festival - Sept. 22, 2007
  • Piccolo Spoleto Festival - May 27-June 10, 2007
  • Festival Hispano - Sept. 30, 2007
  • Moja Arts Festival - Sept. 28-Oct. 7, 2007
  • CariFest - June 23, 2007
  • Maritime Festival - May 17-20, 2007
Dates often change. Check Charleston web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Charleston attractions: White Point Gardens, South Carolina Aquarium
Sports teams: RiverDogs (minor league baseball), Battery (USL soccer)
Historic sites and museums: Charleston Museum, Gibbes Museum of Art, American Military Museum, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Fort Sumter National Monument
Colleges and universities: Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston, The Citadel, Medical University of South Carolina, ECPI College of Technology-Charleston
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 117
The story in Charleston is that money has begun to come back to some of the old families; and money, it is said, has become a motive where once people were content with the antiquity of a name.
-- A Turn in the South
V.S. Naipaul

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Charleston demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Charleston County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Charleston area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 29407 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Charleston residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Charleston ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Charleston was $22,414, compared with $21,587 nationally.


37% of Charleston residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Charleston include Charleston Historic District, Charleston Old and Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Charleston, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $518.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,104.


Libraries in Charleston include Charleston County Library, Cooper River Memorial Branch, James Island Branch Library, John L. Dart Branch Library, Saint Andrews Parish Regional Library, West Ashley Branch Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Charleston include Charleston Post and Courier

TV stations in Charleston include WCBD, WCIV, WCSC, WITV, WMMP, WTAT.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WSCI.

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Charleston County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Charleston political report.

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Charleston restaurants taking online reservations include Blossom, Boathouse on East Bay, Carolina's Restaurant, Charleston Grill, Cintra, Circa 1886, Cypress - A Lowcountry Grille, Fish, Hanks Seafood Restaurant, High Cotton ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Charleston workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 50 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Charleston between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 5.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.


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“ The story in Charleston is that money has begun to come back to some of the old families; and money, it is said, has become a motive where once people were content with the antiquity of a name. ”
~ A Turn in the South
V.S. Naipaul

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