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Newcomer Info

Here is some very helpful information & links for my Clients who are relocating to Charleston for the first time:

Whether you come to the Lowcountry, of South Carolina, for the beautiful beaches at Folly Beach or the Isle of Palms or for the shopping, numerous museums, and cobblestone streets of Downtown and the Historic District, there is something for everyone in Charleston. For those who prefer a more suburban life surrounded by creeks, rivers & beautiful marsh vistas; West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island, Mt. Pleasant, or North Charleston might be more your style.

Charleston is blessed with a wealth of historic structures that have been transformed into offices, restaurants, stores, and homes. The City’s successful intermingling of business, home and garden make Charleston a beloved and very walkable urban landscape experience. The City of Charleston is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at the juncture of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. The Charleston area occupies 88.14 square miles, 7.6 miles of which are the downtown business district. The Charleston Metropolitan Area encompasses three counties: Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester.

The Charleston Area has a warm climate. In January the average temperature is 57 degrees; in July, the average is 88 degrees. Humidity averages 86 percent; rainfall, 52 inches per year. The first frost typically occurs around December 10; the last usually occurs in mid-February. Click Here for Graphs & Charts of Charleston’s Weather.

Gas and Electric Companies

Berkeley Electric Cooperative
(843) 559-2458
(Johns Island)

Dominion Energy
(Most of the Charleston Area)


AT&T (and Uverse)



Water Companies

Charleston Water System
(843) 727-6800

Mount Pleasant Water Works
(843) 884-9626

St. Johns Water Company, Inc.
(843) 559-0186

Isle of Palms Water and Sewer
(843) 886-6148

Sullivan’s Island Water and Sewer Department
(843) 883-5733

City of Folly Beach Water Department
(843) 513-1831

Kiawah Island Utility
(843) 768-0641

North Charleston Sewer District
(843) 764-3072

SC Driver’s License & Car Tags


South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles;
Drivers License & Vehicle Tag Offices

Voter Registration

Charleston County

Berkeley County

Dorchester County

Charleston Links

Business, Visitor, and Relocation Information


· Charleston METRO Chamber of Commerce

· Charleston Regional Development Alliance

· Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

· Charleston Regional Business Journal

Area Public Transportation


Area Governments


· City of Charleston

· City of North Charleston

· Charleston County

· Town of Mount Pleasant

· Town of James Island

· James Island Public Service District

· Saint Andrews Public Service District

· City of Isle of Palms

· City of Folly Beach

· Town of Kiawah

· Town of Seabrook Island

Area Resources

· Charleston County Library

· Post and Courier Newspaper

· Charleston County Ordinances

· City of Charleston Ordinances & Zoning

· North Charleston Ordinances

· Mount Pleasant Ordinances

· Folly Beach Ordinances

· Isle of Palms Ordinances

· Kiawah Island Ordinances

· Seabrook Island Ordinances

Area Colleges and Universities


· College of Charleston

· The Medical University of South Carolina

· The Citadel

· Trident Technical College

· Charleston Southern University

· Charleston School of Law


Local Cultural Events & Organizations

· The Charleston Symphony Orchestra

· Gibbes Museum of Art

· The Charleston Museum

· Spoleto

· The International African American Museum

· The Cooper River Bridge Run

· The South Carolina Aquarium

· The Charleston Stage Company

· North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center

· Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

· Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie National Historical Parks

· Charleston Food & Wine Festival