Charleston, South Carolina

largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina

Charleston is a city in Berkeley and Charleston counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is the county seat and largest city of Charleston County. As of 2021, the city's population is about 151,612[4]

City of Charleston
Flag of City of Charleston
"The Holy City", "The Palmetto City", "Chucktown"
Aedes Mores Juraque Curat (She cares for her temples, customs, and rights)
Location of Charleston in South Carolina.
Location of Charleston in South Carolina.
Coordinates: Coordinates: 32°47′00″N 79°56′00″W / 32.78333°N 79.93333°W / 32.78333; -79.93333
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountiesCharleston, Berkeley
 • MayorJoseph P. Riley, Jr.
 • City178.1 sq mi (461 km2)
 • Land114.76 sq mi (297.2 km2)
 • Water17.1 sq mi (44 km2)
20 ft (4 m)
 • City151,612
 • Density1,309.1/sq mi (505.4/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)843
FIPS code45-13330[2]
GNIS feature ID1221516[3]

Charleston was the capital of South Carolina until 1786 when Columbia became capital.

Surrounding cities and townsEdit

There are many suburbs in the metropolitan area:

Other unincorporated areasEdit

  • Johns Island
  • Wadmalaw Island
  • Morris Island
  • St. Stephen
  • Dewee's Island
  • Yonges Island

Neighborhoods in the CityEdit

There are many neighborhoods in the city of Charleston:

Peninsula / Downtown neighborhoods & districtsEdit

West Ashley neighborhoodsEdit

James Island neighborhoodsEdit

Johns Island neighborhoodsEdit

  • Gift Plantation
  • Grimball Gates
  • Headquarters Island
  • Headquarters Plantation
  • The Gardens at Whitney Lake
  • Twelve Oaks at Fenwick Hall Plantation
  • The Villages in St. Johns Woods
  • The Cottages at Johns Island
  • Winnsboro Lakes

Cainhoy Peninsula / Daniel Island neighborhoodsEdit


  1. "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 31, 2022.
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. "QuickFacts: Charleston city, South Carolina (Population Estimates July 1, 2021 (V2021)". U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Retrieved 2022-07-22.