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Charleston has been referred to as "America’s Best Kept Secret." However, business, industry and commerce have been a vital part of the area since its founding in 1670 by a group of English colonists. Once the settlement established itself on the peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper rivers the port city of Charles Towne grew.

Today the Charleston area is growing at a faster rate than South Carolina and the nation as a whole. Dorchester County was one of the fastest-growing spots in the nation in 2004, ranking No. 33 on the list of the fastest-growing counties out of approximately 3,086 counties in the nation. The Lowcountry has four of South Carolina’s five fastest-growing municipalities and Charleston is poised to soon overtake Columbia as the state’s largest city.


258,760 households are estimated for 2011 in Charleston-North Charleston MSA, representing a projected 10.1% growth rate between 2006-2011.


The population in Charleston-North Charleston MSA area is estimated to be 656,130 in 2011 representing a projected growth rate of 8.2% between 2006-2011.


Source: Article excerpted from the Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2003, with additional information from The Post and Courier: Census ups and downs, 6/21/06; No. 33 of nation’s fastest growing, 3/17/06

The Charleston-North Charleston MSA is comprised of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Source: 2006 Woods & Poole Economics, Inc. Washington, DC


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