April 2, 2020
by Jacki Renegar
Director, Research & Business Intelligence
Charleston Regional Development Alliance
In case you missed it during this time of COVID uncertainty, the 2019 population estimates came out recently from the U.S. Census Bureau, and here is how we stack up. The Charleston metro area population is now 802,122, an increase of approximately 14,000 people and up 1.8% from the previous year. This equates to 38 net new people per day added to our community, 30 moving here and 8 new births.
The largest of our three counties is Charleston County with about 411,206. Berkeley County is home to 227,907 people and Dorchester County has 162,809 residents.
Our largest demographic age group is 25-34 year-olds, totaling more than 120,000 or 16% of our region’s population. While Charleston is the 74th largest metro area in the U.S. by population, we have the 23rd 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. When the time is right and business is back to normal, 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.