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Rankings & Recognition
#3, Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs 2013Charleston ranked #3 in the 'small cities' category of the '30 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs' due to its IT jobs availability, high growth rates, and the Charleston Digital Corridor.
Under30CEO.com March 2013
Charleston ranks #9 for job recovery amongst U.S. metrosThe region outpaced major metros such as Dallas, New York and San Francisco in employment, output (GDP) and housing growth to achieve a #9 ranking for job recovery among the 100 largest U.S. metro areas.
Brookings Institution Metro Monitor December 2012
#9 Best Performing U.S. metro for high tech & economic growthThe Milken Institute ranked Charleston in the top ten for job recovery and economic growth, and 4th in the U.S. for high-tech industry output.
Milken's Best Performing Cities Index 2012 January 2013
#1 City in the WorldAfter taking top city in the United States, Charleston beat 10 other competitors as "Best City in the World" due to its charm, amenities, and culture.
Conde Nast Traveler October 2012
#1 Destination in the United StatesKnown for the "best beaches in the southeast," Charleston was ranked #1 for its stellar ambience, friendliness, restaurants, and cultural sites.
Conde Nast Traveler October 2012
Top 25 Places to Retire (Summerville)CNNMoney touted charm, affordability, medical centers, and median home prices as reasons why Summerville was ranked one of the nation's top 25 places to retire.
CNNMoney October 2012
#2 Top State for Doing BusinessSouth Carolina earned the #2 status on the 'Top States for Doing Business' list based on the $3.37 billion invested in new and expanding businesses in the area and 21% manufacturing growth in 2011.
Area Development Fall 2012
Charleston MSA ranks #2 in South Atlantic for economic growth & #14 overall in U.S.“Recession Busting” success attributed to $1.4 billion in new capital investment and 5,500 new jobs from mid-2009 to mid-2011.
Area Development July 2012
Charleston is #1 U.S. metro for manufacturing job growthCharleston experienced the largest growth in manufacturing jobs of any US metro area, from Q1 2010 to Q4 2011.
Brookings Institution Report May 2012
2012 Best Places for JobsForbes ranks Charleston MSA #5 among U.S. mid-size metros and #29 overall as a best place for jobs.
Forbes.com May 2012
2011 Best Performing CitiesCharleston MSA ranked #11, up from #19 in 2010
Milken Institute December 2011
World's Best CityCharleston ranked #3 in the world
CNNGo October 2011
Brain Gainer metrosCharleston Metro listed as #1 brain gainer for highest growth in adults with college degrees
Wall Street Journal September 2011
Best Towns of 2011Charleston ranked 5th
Outside Magazine September 2011
Best Places for Business & CareersCharleston MSA ranked in top 50
Forbes July 2011
Best Cities for Job GrowthCharleston region ranked 8th, up 17 spots from last year.
New Geography May 2011
America's Favorite CitiesCharleston ranks #1 noteworthy neighborhoods, friendly people
Travel + Leisure Magazine November 2010
Coolest Small Cities in AmericaCharleston's lifestyle and culinary attributes highlighted
GQ November 2010
2010 Best Performing CitiesCharleston ranked among nation’s top 20 “large cities”
Milken Institute October 2010