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Charleston, South Carolina




The Charleston metropolitan area is made up of three counties: Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester. The region’s recorded history began in 1670, when a group of English colonists settled on a tract of land which they called Charles Towne, after King Charles II of England. The colony soon expanded into a busy, successful maritime and agricultural community, playing a significant role in the Nation’s founding. The name was changed to Charleston in 1783. Today the Charleston metro area continues to grow and flourish, yet maintains its rich, historic charm. The region stretches from central to southern South Carolina, some 50 miles inland, with 90 miles of oceanfront. The area’s economic mix is diverse, combining the largest containerized cargo port on the South Atlantic and Gulf coasts.


Area Housing


The Charleston metro area offers virtually any type of housing: antebellum mansions, beachfront homes, resort condominiums, luxury townhouses, affordable apartments, and starter homes. The estimated purchase price for a newly built home with 1,800 square feet of living area (three bedrooms, two bathrooms—located in a mid-management executive household neighborhood) in the Charleston area is $114,396. The average monthly rental cost for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unfurnished apartment is $553, excluding all utilities except water.






Bell South provides telephone service for the majority of the region. For more information, call 780-2355, or outside South Carolina,
(800) 336-0014.


Electric and Gas


South Carolina Electric and Gas Co., 554-7234, is the main power supplier for many areas in the region. In some areas Berkeley Electric Co-op, Santee Cooper and Edisto Electric Co-op supply electricity. Contact local municipalities for more information.




Contact your local municipality for water and sewer hook-up.


Cable TV


Comcast……………………….. 554-4100




U.S. Cable……………………… 559-2424






There are 71 schools in Charleston County, 937-6300, 37 in Berkeley, 723-4627, 16 in Dorchester’s District II, 873-2901, and seven located in Berkeley’s District IV, 563-4535.




There are 25 private and parochial schools that serve the Charleston area. For information, contact:


Tri-county Admission Council


P.O. Box 39612


Charleston, SC 29407


School Registration


All children entering first grade must present a birth certificate and must be 6 years of age by Sept. 1 of the current school year. All children entering South Carolina schools for the first time must present an immunization certificate. The school year is 180 days long, begins at the end of August/early September and concludes at the end of May/early June. School bus service is available for students who live more than a half mile from the school where they are assigned.




Charleston Southern University. 863-7000


9200 University Blvd.


North Charleston, SC 29406


The Citadel…………………….. 953-5000


171 Moultrie St.


Charleston, SC 29409


College of Charleston…………. 953-5507


66 George St.


Charleston, SC 29424


Johnson and Wales University727-3000


701 E. Bay St.


Charleston, SC 29403


Medical University of
South Carolina………………. 792-2300


171 Ashley Ave.


Charleston, SC 29425


Trident Technical College……… 576-6000


7000 Rivers Ave.


North Charleston, SC 29406


Webster University……………. 572-2675


7410 Northside Drive


Summerville, SC 2948


Shopping Centers/
Newspapers and Magazines


There are numerous shopping centers, banks and savings and loans in the area. The Post and Courier is the daily newspaper in the metropolitan area. There are also a number of non-daily and weekly newspapers in communities throughout the tri-county area.




Charleston has an excellent highway system. Major highways within the region include Interstates 29, 526 and 95. U.S. Highways include 17, 52, 78, 176 and 701.




Local Transit: SCE&G


Intercity: Greyhound and Trailways provides public bus transportation.


For bus route schedules and fares, which varies with type of transportation, call 747-0922.




Norfolk Southern, CSX System, Amtrak


For prices and schedules call Amtrak (800) 835-8725.


Air Service


Charleston International Airport is a facility providing commercial and military air service. Seven commercial airlines offer more than 90 flights per day.


Airlines include AirSouth, Comair, Continental, Delta, Midway Connection, United Express and US Airways. In addition, six private airports throughout the region accommodate both corporate and private aircraft.


TV and Radio


There are 25 radio and four VHF TV stations (TV-2, 4, 5 and 36), and two UHF TV stations (Fox affiliate WTAT and SCETV-WITV).


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