It's not a surprise that Southern Living has named Charleston, South Carolina #1 "South's Best City" three years in a row. Here are just a few of the reasons that Charleston is THE place to live.
We have it in spades. Actually, we ranked 3rd in the country for America's friendliest people in a Travel & Leisure poll. People smile at strangers and strike up conversations at the farmer's market. We take care of each other and give generously.
If you're not a fan of blustery winters, Charleston is the place for you. The temperature rarely drops below freezing in the clder months - the average low for the coldest day of the year is 38, with a high in the 50s. While summers do get hot, the temperature rarely climbs above the low 90s. Plus, as a coastal town there are water activities galore and beaches to explore.
Rich in History
Founded in 1670, Charleston has nearly 350 years of history under her belt. Historic preservation here is important, for both the structures and the stories behind them. Gorgeous historic buildings range from brightly-colored houses to the place where the Civil War began - Fort Sumter. It’s not surprising that it landed the top spot for our top 10 best cities for historic preservation.
Charleston has a thriving arts community with roots going back to the city's earliest days. The first opera performed in America was in Charleston in 1735 and the country’s first theatre was built here in 1736. From the professional ballet company to the symphony and plethora of theatre groups there is always something to to inspire. The Annual Spoleto Festival, now approaching its 44th season, is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.
Charleston’s food scene has exploded in recent years. Charleston cuisine is all about the coastal location and soul food influence. Top chefs create mind blowing dishes featuring fresh seafood and local produce with flair. While innovation is key, southern classics like shrimp and grits and she-crab soup remain staples.
Charleston is a fantastic place to visit, and an even better place to live. Why wait until "someday" to live your dream?