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Charleston County, South Carolina

29401, 29403, 29404, 29405, 29407, 29412, 29414, 29418, 29420, 29423, 29492

Where History Lives
The Holy City

Page Contents for Charleston, South Carolina

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The South Carolina state capital is Columbia.
The population of Charleston is approximately 110,015 (2007), 120083 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 44,563 (2000), 52341 (2010).
The amount of land area in Charleston is 251.2 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Charleston is 97.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 44.3 sq kilometers.
The distance from Charleston to Washington DC is 456 miles.
The distance to the South Carolina state capital is 101 miles. (as the crow flies)
Charleston is positioned 32.78 degrees north of the equator and 79.99 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Charleston elevation is 118 feet above sea level.
The city tree is the Palmetto.
The city bird is the Pelican.
The Charleston city color is White. Charleston per capita income is $ 22.414 (2000).
Charleston median income is $ 46,623 (2007).
The Charleston median home price is $ 263,200 (2007).
Charleston average annual precipitation is 51.53 inches peryear.
Charleston average annual humidity is 86
Charleston average temperature is 65.3 degrees F.


in southeastern South Carolina on the Atlantic Coast. It is about 177 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. Other nearby communities include James Island, Bear Swamp, North Charleston, Johns Island, Hanahan, Folly Beach, Mount Pleasant and Sullivans Island
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sub-tropical with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Rain falls most of the year but summer is the wettest portion of the year. Occasional snow will fall, but it is rare and scanty for the most part. The highest temperature ever recorded here was 104 degrees F. and the lowest temperature was 10 degrees F. Hurricanes do strike in this area. In recent history, Hurricane Hugo in 1989, a category 4 storm, did considerable damage. Though rare, a large tornado hit her in 1761 also doing a good deal of damage including temporarily emptying the Ashley River.
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History & History Related Items

Charleston is one of the oldest and most historic cities in the country. Initially, Charleston was an English settlement when it was founded in 1670 and known as Charlestown or Charles Towne. The town was moved to its present location in 1680 and the name was changed to Charleston in 1783. Later it was occupied by the British during the Revolutionary war. Nearby Fort Sumter was the place of the first shots fired during the Civil War. Many tours are available. Here is a timeline history page for Charleston.

Historic Neighborhoods of Charleston.

Charleston has been known as the Holy City in the past due to the many churches in the city. The steeples, particularly, may be seen dotting the horizon when overlooking the city.
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Charles Towne Landing State Park
1500 Old Towne Road in Charleston.
This is the site of the first English settlement in the state. An 80 acre park, it includes, among its many features: picnic areas, gardens, a zoo built with natural habitats for the animals, a replica of the "Adventure" a c 1600's trading ship, and much more.

The "Boston Tea Party" was copied from a tea party in the harbor of Charleston, SC! This party occurred a month earlier.

The Charleston Symphony
PO Box 20397
Charleston, SC 29413

The Angel Oak
This Live Oak Tree on Johns Island is supposed to be over 1,400 years old! It is only 65 feet tall, but its circumference is an amazing 25 1/2 feet. The area of shade under this huge tree is 17,000 square feet! The longest outstretched limb reaches out 89 feet and is over 11 feet in circumference.

The Spoleto Festival
Performing Arts Festival

Learn all about Charleston from the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau

The South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-720-1990

The Childrens Museum of the Lowcountry
25 Ann Street
Charleston, SC 29403

The Cooper River Bridge
The bridge is also known as the ArthurRavenel, Jr. Bridge. It opened for traffic on 16 July 2005 and has a very unique diamond tower design.

The Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

The Charleston Museum
America's First Museum
Founded in 1773
360 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 722-2996
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Charleston City Government

City of Charleston
Executive Offices
80 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone 843-577-6970
Fax 843-720-3827

the city has a strong mayor - city council form of government.

Charleston Historical Events

The 7.3 magnitude, 1886 Charleston South Carolina earthquake was the largest earthquake in South Carolina. 60 people were killed and many buildings destroyed and damaged. The link has information and pictures.

Charleston Chamber

Charleston Metro Chamber Of Commerce
2750 Speissegger Dr., Suite 100 North
Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-577-2510

Charleston Organizations

Charleston Metro Chamber Of Commerce
2750 Speissegger Dr., Suite 100 North
Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-577-2510

Charleston Libraries

Charleston County Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Phone: 843-805-6930

Charleston Schools

Charleston County Schools
Administration: 843-937-6300

American College of the Building Arts
Post Office Box 71668
North Charleston, South Carolina 29415-1668
Charleston Southern University
9200 University Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29406
Local Phone Number: (843) 863-7000
Toll-Free Number: (800) 947-7474
The Citadel
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409
Phone: (843) 225-3294
Established 1842
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843-805-5507
Founded 1770
The Medical University of Charleston
171 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: 843-792-2300 Charleston


The population of Charleston was:
1790 - 16,359
1810 - 24,711
1820 -24,780
1840 - 29,261
1860 - 40,522
1880 - 49,984
1900 - 55,807
1920 - 67,957
1940 - 71,275
1950 - 70,174
1960 - 60,288
1970 - 66,945
1980 - 69,779
1980 - 69,855
1990 - 80,414
2000 - 96,650
2006 - 107,844
2007 - 110,015

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 34,322
2000 - 44,563

Median age:
2000 - 33.2 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 35,295
2005 - $ 36,151
2007 - $ 46,623

Median house value:
2000 - $ 139,700
2005 - $ 215,300
2007 - $ 263,200

Charleston is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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