Awards & Rankings

Top twelve technology hubs in America

Charleston made StateTech’s list of the top twelve tech hubs in America that are “nipping on Silicon Valley’s heels” based on the city’s ranking in the Top 10 fastest growing cities for software and internet technology. Continue reading

#2 Top State for Doing Business

South 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. Continue reading

#1 Destination in the United States

Known for the "best beaches in the southeast," Charleston was ranked #1 for its stellar ambience, friendliness, restaurants, and cultural sites. Continue reading

#1 City in the World

After 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. Continue reading

The #4 Best State to Achieve the American Dream of Economic Prosperity

South Carolina creates the conditions that enable people living here to achieve their American Dream. Those attributes include positive: job environment, job benefits, material prosperity and financial security. Ranks 6th overall. Continue reading

Charleston ranked #4 Best Performing U.S. metro for high tech GDP growth

The Milken Institute ranked the Charleston metro 4th in the nation for high tech GDP growth over the past five years. Sectors contributing to Charleston’s performance include: aerospace, manufacturing, and increased volume at the Port. Continue reading

#1 Travel Destination in the United States

Charleston was voted #1 Best City in the United States for the fourth year in a row and #2 World’s Best City, due to its amenities and lifestyle attributes, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice survey. Continue reading

Best City in U.S. & Canada, & #2 World’s Best City

Charleston took home Travel & Leisure's top honor for favorite North American City and #2 City in the World due to its inviting hotels, excellent dining, and unique historical attractions. Continue reading

#3, Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs 2013

Charleston 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. Continue reading

Charleston ranks #9 for job recovery amongst U.S. metros

The 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. Continue reading
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