Inspired growth makes Charleston Metro attractive to all

From gardens to gigabytes, Boomtown to BBQ joints and breweries, Charleston’s metropolitan area appeals to an enormous range of preferences and demographic groups.

Charleston offers “history with a twist” with historic architecture, gardens, beaches and nightlife.   File photo

From gardens to gigabytes, Boomtown to BBQ joints and breweries, Charleston’s metropolitan area appeals to an enormous range of preferences and demographic groups, Charleston’s Regional Development Alliance of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties said recently.

At the center, the city of Charleston offers “history with a twist” with historic architecture, gardens, beaches and nightlife. What Palmetto State dwellers might not know is that downtown Charleston is a growing hub for high-tech ventures and, consequently, a big draw for millennials.

North of downtown, the upper peninsula — also known as NoMo, Creative Corridor and Half Mile North — also plays host to the tech industry alongside beer and barbecue venues.

Known as a “manufacturing mecca,” North Charleston houses major automotive manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz Vans. South Carolina’s aerospace industry works here alongside area technical programs and academic institutions, employing 17,000 and delivering $17 billion in economic impact annually.

Berkeley County’s Summerville hosts Nexton, described as the state’s first gigabit community, plus Volvo and the South Carolina Research Authority. The 5,000-acre mixed-use, master-planned neighborhood provides a viable model for “smart” communities.

Mount Pleasant brings a built-in work-life balance with tree-lined streets, a waterfront and upgraded infrastructure improving accessibility for transportation — all aimed at living up to the area’s “live, work, play” credo.

Goose Creek in Berkeley County boasts the title of “best place to raise kids,” as designated by Bloomberg Businessweek for two consecutive years (2011-12); remains one of South Carolina’s most affordable places to live and features lovely natural landscapes as well as a thriving business community.

Altogether, Charleston’s diverse geography, industry and lifestyle amenities render its districts desirable places to live and work.

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