Charleston, South Carolina

city in Charleston County South Carolina, United States

Charleston is a city in Berkeley and Charleston counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is the biggest city and is the county seat of Charleston County. As of 2010, the urban population is about 548,404.[1]

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 (376.5 km2)
 • Land108.98 sq mi (361.2 km2)
 • Water17.1 sq mi (44.3 km2)
20 ft (4 m)
 • City120,083
 • Density1,101.9/sq mi (425.4/km2)
 • Urban
 • 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. 1.0 1.1 "Annapolis (city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  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.