There is no place quite like Charleston. The region features a unique blend of historic preservation and new development, displayed in its cobblestone walkways and eerie cemeteries, buzzy nightlife and sophisticated art galleries. Its unique brand of Southern style shines in the bespoke boutiques that line downtown's King Street, while Southern hospitality radiates from the award-winning dining establishments.
Not only is the area overflowing with entertainment and good food, but this low country locale is also gorgeous. Although summers are hot and humid, the rest of the year features pleasant temperatures that allow residents to soak in the area's scenery. A handful of beaches within striking distance make a day at the shore a commonplace activity for Charlestonians.
Whether it's Spanish moss dangling from oak trees or the smell of shrimp and grits wafting downtown – Charleston is sure to charm you.
U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.
Charleston, SC is ranked:
#27 in Best Places to Live
#18 in Best Places to Retire
US News – Real Estate