On the coast of South Carolina, the southern charm of Charleston is well known in this oldest and second-largest city in the state. Beautiful colonial homes with rocking chair porches, as well as smaller cozy single family homes are available in this green and sprawling metropolis with very well preserved architecture.
The city of Charleston is divided into six distinct areas including the downtown area and reaching out to West Ashley, James Island and the Cainhoy Peninsula. The Charlestown Harbor is formed by the confluence of the Ashely and Cooper Rivers. Downtown is filled with cobblestone streets, church steeples and is easily walkable and friendly to bike riders. South of Broad is an area of great architectural presence, with mansions along the Battery and elegant gardens, and high-end condos and warm and cozy carriage houses are interspersed throughout the area too. More affordable and family friendly Byrnes Down in West Ashley is not far from downtown and is popular with young professionals and blue collar workers alike. In the north area of Charleston, Daniel Island is a planned community with golf courses, plenty of shopping and dining, and is home to the Family Circle Cup Tennis Center. The city has received much attention for its hospitality, and was listed as "America’s Most Friendly (City)" by Conde Naste Traveler magazine in 2013 and 2014.
As Charleston has a booming tourist industry, the local economy is filled with jobs in retail, hotels and other areas of hospitality such as proprietors of inns and bed and breakfast establishments. Charleston has the fourth largest shipping container port on the east coast supporting a substantial portion of economic opportunities to residents. The city has benefitted from the technology boom, hosting a number of information technology and corporations in the Charleston Digital Corridor. The education sector also has a deep relevance in the local economy with The Citadel, the Medical University of South Carolina and Charleston School of Law among other institutions of higher learning.