In calculating the Best Places to Live, US News factors in each metro area's growth due to net migration over a five-year period. For the 2018 ranking, we used net migration data from 2012 to 2016 from the US Census Bureau, the most recent complete data set at the time of our calculations. Places with the most growth might be attracting new residents thanks to a hot job market, affordable housing, a desirable location or some other factor.
8. Charleston, SC
- Best Places to Live 2018 rank: 38
- Best Places to Retire 2018 rand: 18
- Median Annual Salary: $44,500
- Net Migration Rate from 2012-2016: 8.27%
People love visiting Charleston, which is helping South Carolina city's tourism industry boom. the Charleston metro area grew by 8.27% due to net migration over five years.
US News – Real Estate