Charleston is bound together by its rich history, a strong sense of community, and the iconic images that we can all identify with: Sweet tea, award-winning food, warm weather, friendly neighbors and the beauty of the Lowcountry. From the historic downtown to the small-town feel of James Island and Daniel Island, to the growing suburbs in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley, to the rural country pace of Johns Island, to the laid-back beach communities… Charleston offers something for everyone while still bringing us together as one community.
Downtown is what people think of when they picture "Charleston" in their minds - narrow streets, the Battery, King Street shopping, Rainbow Row, art museums, historic homes and churches, hidden gardens and some of the best restaurants on the East Coast.
Mount Pleasant is the largest suburb of Charleston. For several years, it was one of the state’s fastest growing areas, literally doubling in population size between 1990 and 2000.
Located within the City of Charleston, Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre island town featuring traditional neighborhoods, world-class golf, tennis and soccer facilities and a growing collection of amenities.
West Ashley is located west of the Charleston peninsula, on the banks of the Ashley River and the Intracoastal Waterway. It is Charleston’s acknowledged birthplace, having been settled in 1670.
Johns Island is the largest island in South Carolina and the fourth largest on the East coast. Johns Island is located to the west of James Island and to the east of Wadmalaw Island.
James Island is a mostly residential island located only five minutes from downtown Charleston across the Ashley River via the James Island Connector. Also close to Folly Beach, James Island is a very popular choice for students and faculty at the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina.
Charleston boasts five barrier islands within minutes of downtown – Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Folly, Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island. Each beachfront community has a unique feel and vibe for the residents who call it home.