The Beautiful Beaches of Charleston, SC
Charleston, South Carolina was just ranked #2 in the world for Top Cities by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Charleston has some of the cleanest and quietest beaches on the East coast thanks to limited commercial development on the beachfront. This allows locals and newcomers to enjoy the pristine state of Charleston’s natural barrier islands year round. And, because there are numerous barrier islands that surround the area, there are plenty of options for finding your own slice of sandy heaven within a 5-10 minute drive of most residential areas in Charleston. One of our favorite beaches is Sullivans Island which has an off-leash dog policy for residents during the winter, perfect for walking the family dog with a cup of coffee in the morning! Also see: Folly Beach and Isle of Palms.
Students and Young Professionals
Charleston has a number of universities and colleges that specialize in everything from world class medical research at the Medical University of South Carolina to one of the oldest military colleges in the South in the Citadel. College of Charleston, founded in 1770, remains one of the most popular options for students pursuing 4 year degrees as well as graduate degrees thanks to its six academic schools, 22 varsity sports teams and central location in historic downtown Charleston.
Boating and The Outdoors in Charleston
From surfing big swells at the popular surf spot “The Washout” on Folly Beach, to paddle boarding the numerous tidal creeks of Mount Pleasant, to catching your dinner right from the shores of Sullivans Island, there’s always something to do in Charleston. Boating, fishing and watersports are all popular hobbies that Charlestonians embrace and with easy access to water from almost any area, it makes perfect sense.
Employment and the Charleston Economy
Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” by the tech community thanks to its accelerated growth in the technology sector driven by smart start-ups and digital entrepreneurs that are flourishing in the area. In addition to the recent tech growth, The Charleston Port Authority which serves about 150 countries and is an economic staple of the Lowcountry , are projecting a 15% increase in volume for 2015. Furthermore, Boeing who is a major aircraft manufacturer, moved a large production facility to North Charleston a few years ago. Recently they have expanded once again to accommodate the manufacturing of the new Dream Liner aircraft. Even with these new additions to the Charleston economy, tourism remains the top industry which brings in close to $6 billion annually and has created thousands of jobs with more projected growth going into 2015.
Retiring in Charleston
A few years back AARP named Charleston a retirement “dream town” thanks to its diverse options for retirees as well as plenty of opportunities to get back to college with many local institutions offering unlimited classes for Senior Scholar Programs, tuition free. However, most retirees that move to Charleston are drawn to its world class golf communities like Kiawah Island which features spacious villas, luxurious beachfront homes and 5 award winning golf courses. Opened in 1991, the Ocean Course is Kiawah’s premier golf course and one of the top rated in the world by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. The Ocean Course has held several well known tournaments including the Ryder Cup, World Cup of Golf, and the PGA Championship in 2012. Another popular option is Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms which features 2 beautiful golf courses and an expansive tennis center.
Charleston has a warm, subtropical climate with high temperatures averaging 76 °F annually. The low temperature average is around 55 °F annually. Generally the warm season lasts from to September 19 with an average daily high temperature above 84°F and the cold season lasts from December 3 to February 24 with an average daily high temperature below 64°F. Charleston winters are very mild with snow occurring on very rare occasions. Summers tend to be more humid and hot which tends to subside after August.
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