Published: September 21, 2015
According to a recent study, an average of 43 people a day are relocating to Chareston and its surrounding areas. With its small town charm, proximity to the beach, and burgeoning food scene, it’s no wonder people are moving here in droves. On the fence about making the move to the Holy City? Here are 10 reasons you should start packing now:
Chefs from New York, LA, and abroad are flocking to Charleston to open new restaurants and upgrade the food scene. Whether you’re looking for southern favorites like Shrimp & Grits or Biscuits & Gravy or more cosmopolitan choices like beef pho or bahn mi, Charleston has got a dish for every palate.
There are 3 major beaches in town: Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island, each with its own distinct culture & personality. There’s always fun in the sun to be had at the beach!
Charlestonians are known for being friendly, hospitable, and charming. They’re always willing to help you with directions, recommendations, and they’re a loving, tight-knit community that will welcome you in with open arms!
For history buffs, there are few cities with more historical significance than Charleston! This is where the 1st shots of the Civil War were fired and where historic preservation is as much a part of the culture as sweet tea. Take a staycation & play tourist at one of the many historical attractions, like Fort Sumter, Rainbow Row, and Boone Hall Plantation.
Located just 2 hours from Myrtle Beach, SC and Savannah, GA, 3 hours from Charlotte, NC, and 5 hours from Atlanta, GA, Charleston is centrally located so you can see the best of the south in a weekend trip! Plus, the airport is a hub for both Jetblue, Southwest, Delta, American, and United (among others) make it easy to take a nonstop flight to bigger cities like DC and NYC.
The Arts & Culture
Charleston has a number of live-theatres and theater companies, art galleries, and museums so those who appreciate art will feel right at home. Be sure to also check out the many festivals throughout the year, like Spoleto, The Southeastern Wildlife Expo, Charleston Fashion, Food & Wine, and more!
There are over 16 major parks in Charleston, an aquarium, a floating museum, a trampoline gym, and over 10 local breweries in Charleston. There are also weekly Farmers Markets featuring local produce, arts, and handmade goods. The local music scene in Charleston is also flourishing, so there’s always fun to be had!
The summers are hot so you can enjoy the beach or being on a boat, and the winters are nice and mild. You’ll never have to shovel another driveway again!
The Cooper River Bridge
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge (aka The Cooper River Bridge) is more of a Charleston icon than shrimp and grits. It’s photogenic, and a great option for some free exercise and gorgeous views of the city!
King Street has been described as a “mini-Rodeo Drive,” but it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to shopping! With 2 malls, hundreds of little boutiques, countless shopping plazas, and the outlets in North Charleston, you can be sure to shop-til-you-drop into a rocking chair on your front porch.