Awards & Rankings


Charleston #2 on list of ‘Best Food Destinations’ in the U.S.

If eating, snacking, and more eating are at the heart of your itinerary, you’ll find some of the best local flavors in Charleston, SC. Continue reading

Charleston Named the Best Place for Veterans to Live After Leaving Service

This beautifully preserved, Southern city is known for both its history and hospitality, not to mention access to the Atlantic Ocean from its many barrier islands. The city is dotted with plenty of green spaces and trails. Additionally, there’s a large military community in the area with Joint Base Charleston just a half-hour drive from the center of town. Continue reading

Charleston Named Best Small City in the U.S. for 12th Consecutive Year

Charleston may be a small town, but this city punches well above its weight. When you consider everything it has to offer—history, culture, food, charm—it’s no wonder the so-called Holy City has repeatedly topped Conde Nast Traveler's list of the best small cities in the U.S. Continue reading

Four Charleston Restaurants Recognized by TripAdvisor as the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the Country

Halls Chophouse came in at # 5, the highest ranking of the group of best fine-dining restaurants in Charleston. Circa 1886 came in at #13, Peninsula Grill came in at #18, and FIG came in at #19.
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Charleston, SC Named #1 City to Retire

The Number 1 best city to retire isn’t in Florida—but several others in the top 10 for 2022 are. Continue reading

South Carolina Ranked #1 Best State for Manufacturing

Their success is due in large part to favorable demographics and migration patterns, a strong manufacturing presence, low cost of doing business, access to consumer bases and proximity to major ports. Continue reading

South Carolina Ranked #3 State for Doing Business

The "Top States" report looks at some of the places ripe for successfully growing and doing business based on the views of Area Development's expert panel of consultants. Continue reading

South Carolina Ranked #3 State for Workforce Development Programs

These states have highly responsive, customized training programs with a mission of having the right people in place from Day 1. These programs are often connected with technical college systems, and they have a strong track record of helping companies succeed. Continue reading

The 15 Best Cities in the United States

Charleston named No. 1 city in America by Travel and Leisure for 10 straight years. Continue reading

Camp Hall: Business Benefits Of This Next-Generation Commerce Park

Camp Hall is the No. 1 (and only ranked) commerce park in the Southeast. Continue reading
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