What You Need to Know About Relocating to Charleston, SC

It’s so easy to fall in love with life in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Whether a new job brings you here or you are searching for the perfect place to retire, Charleston welcomes you with open arms! Read on for the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about relocating to Charleston, SC.

Afterward, our team at Pam Harrington Exclusives invites you to discover the finest, private beach communities in the Lowcountry. Schedule an island tour, and we will show you the ins and outs of Charleston’s beloved beach towns, Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island, including neighborhoods, parks, restaurants, and more.

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What You Need to Know About Relocating to Charleston

The SC Lowcountry Lifestyle

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Between the award-winning culinary scene and world-class attractions, living in Charleston is an unparalleled experience.

Our small city is filled with history, beautiful beaches, and sparkling waterways. All these elements combined create a laid back and unrushed lifestyle.

Water sports like boating, fishing, and crabbing are all popular activities on the Wando, Ashley, and Edisto rivers, and Charleston’s sea islands are a paradise for golfers and tennis players alike. If this sounds like the type of lifestyle you are craving, then read on for the basics of living in Charleston, SC.

Frequently Asked Questions About Moving to Charleston

1. What Is the Cost of Living?

In a cost of living index released by the Council for Community and Economic Research in 2017, Charleston was listed at 104.0, or 4% higher than the national average. The majority of this cost comes from the cost of housing. However, there are many other benefits to living in South Carolina that help to offset the investment in your home.

People living in the Palmetto State enjoy one of the lowest property tax rates in the United States, and Charleston County also assesses several types of exemptions from property taxes in South Carolina. Read our blog on SC property taxes to learn more.


2. What Is the Weather Like?

Charleston has warm summers and mild winters. While most of the United States bundles up in the wintertime, snow is a rare occurrence in the Holy City. Summer temperatures typically range from the mid-70s to the low 90s. However, Charleston’s sea islands are always a few degrees cooler with plenty of coastal breezes. 

Another climate factor to be aware of is the possibility of hurricanes. Hurricane season runs from June through November each year. While they do occur, highly destructive storms are few and far between. In the event of a hurricane, local government and news outlets ensure that residents are prepared well ahead of time.


3. What Is the Charleston area Job Market Like?

With companies like Boeing, Bosch, and Volvo, jobs are generally plentiful. In 2021, Boeing will consolidate the 787 Dreamliner production strictly to South Carolina.

The Covid -19 pandemic has impacted all US unemployment rates, Charleston included. However, in 2019 the unemployment rate in Charleston was 1.5%, and in 2018 3.0% which is significantly lower than the United States average at 3.9%. With so many people moving to the area and a stable housing market forecast, Charleston’s economy is in a healthy place.


4. How Are the Schools?

Charleston is home to many exceptional educational institutions. Whether your ideal classroom is Montessori, traditional, or Christian-based, we know that you will find the perfect learning environment for your child’s individual needs.

To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a list of the most prestigious schools in the S.C. Lowcountry. Read our blog on private schools to learn more.


5. Where Are the Best Places to Live in Charleston?

Admittedly, Pam Harrington Exclusives is partial to Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. The amenities, convenience, and luxury of these beach communities simply can’t be beat! Here, residents enjoy proximity to downtown Charleston along with the privacy of a gated community.

If island living isn’t an option, you’ll also find the affordable suburbs of Johns Island nearby. This community enjoys easy access to Kiawah and Seabrook perks like Freshfields Village, Beachwalker Park, and The Spa at The Sanctuary.


Take the Next Step with Pam Harrington Exclusives

If your heart is still set on relocating to Charleston, SC, then congratulations on this new and exciting chapter in your life!

Now, it’s time to find a home, neighborhood, and community that is right for you.

Begin your real estate search

With over 42 years of experience in the Charleston real estate market, our team has the local knowledge and finesse you need to find your home in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Whether you’re searching for a low-maintenance retirement villa or a luxurious oceanfront home, you’ll find it all in our collection of Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, and Charleston area real estate. Browse our listings today, and when you see a home that captures your attention, schedule a home showing. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact us. We welcome your call, email, or visit! Most of all, we welcome you and your family to Kiawah and Seabrook Island.