Charleston, with an estimated population of 120,000, is one of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina. One of the biggest reasons for this is the active art and cultural scene. Charleston is home to artists and performers of every genre. Well-known organizations such as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston Ballet Theater thrive alongside folk music and eclectic art and theater. Charleston is also home to the Spoleto festival, a seventeen day festival featuring performances of opera, theater, dance, visual art, classical music, jazz and more.
Charleston is located “where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers meet to form the Atlantic Ocean,” as the local saying goes. Located midway along South Carolina's coastline, it is the second largest sea-port on the East Coast. The peninsular location boosts Charleston's economy and provides for a pleasant climate to work in. With long summers, a warm fall and short mild winters, Charleston's climate is ideal for people who want to live somewhere warm but still enjoy having four distinct seasons.
Recognized as the “best mannered” city in the U.S., Charleston is bustling with Southern Charm. With streets lined with live oaks and a skyline teeming with cathedrals, churches and synagogues, the historical and natural beauty of Charleston draws many people to the city, both for vacation and as a permanent move. With several colleges, beach living and great night life, Charleston attracts many university-age people as well as those just out of school. In addition to the opportunities provided by the active sea-port, there are many career opportunities available in the medical fields of biotechnology and research in this area. Numbered among the AARP's “Best Places to Reinvent your Life”, Charleston is a lively place for people of all ages.