Awards & Rankings


Charleston Ranked #35 Happiest Cities in America

The study examined categories including emotional and physical well-being, income and employment, and community and environment. Continue reading

Charleston ranks as #1 Minor-League Market in the U.S

Riding the strength and longevity of its baseball, soccer, and hockey teams, Charleston is the first Southern region to top SBJ’s minor league markets rankings. Continue reading

South Carolina golf named best in the country – top 5 in the world

The International Association of Golf Travel Operators (IAGTO) named South Carolina among the top five golf destinations in the world for 2023. The Palmetto State is the only US destination to make the global Golf Destination of the Year list. Continue reading

Charleston Among Top 12 U.S. Fishing Cities

Charleston sits at the confluence of three different rivers. It’s surrounded by tidal creeks and salt marshes, all eventually leading to the Atlantic Ocean. If there ever was a city that’s tailor-made for fishing, Charleston comes pretty close. Continue reading

South Carolina #19 State to Start a Business

Forbes Advisor analyzed 18 key metrics across five categories to determine which states are the best and worst to start a business in 2023. Their ranking takes into consideration factors that impact businesses and their ability to succeed, such as business costs, business climate, economy, workforce and financial accessibility in each state. Continue reading

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
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