June 4, 2019
by Jacki Renegar, Charleston Center for Business Research
In case you missed it, the 2018 population estimates came out recently from the U.S. Census Bureau, and here is how we stack up. The Charleston metro area population is 787,643, an increase of approximately 12,500 people and up 1.6% from the previous year. This equates to 34 net new people per day added to our community, 26 moving here and 8 new births.
The largest of our three counties is Charleston County with about 406,000 people or more than half of the total population. Berkeley County is home to 221,000 people and Dorchester County approximately 160,000.
Our largest demographic age group is 25-34 year-olds, totaling more than 123,000 or 16% of our region’s population. While Charleston is the 74th largest metro area in the U.S. by population, we have the 22nd highest concentration of young professionals out of all U.S. metros and the #1 highest concentration of this age group of all the mid-size metros (those with 500k to 1 million in population). This large pool of younger workers makes our region attractive to employers who value a continuous workforce pipeline.
Charleston is a destination for business, talent, investors, and entrepreneurs. Our region’s long-term steady and stable growth indicates the market can attract and retain the workforce businesses need to succeed. Come be part of a community on the rise!
The Local Data section of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance’s website will help keep you up to speed on the Charleston metro’s demographic data. Check it out, as we routinely provide new numbers and actionable intelligence on Charleston | SC | USA. And if you really want to data geek out with exportable charts and graphs, please visit the Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center.