Historic Downtown Charleston

Welcome to Downtown Charleston

Where Southern Charm Meets Urban Luxury
Located in the heart of the Lowcountry, Downtown Charleston epitomizes Southern charm with its stunning architecture, award-winning dining scene, and vibrant culture. From its cobblestone streets and historic mansions to its lively waterfront and picturesque parks, Downtown Charleston offers a unique blend of old-world elegance and modern sophistication.

What to Love

  • Charming Historic Architecture
  • Luxurious Living Options
  • Walkable Streets
  • Award-Winning Dining Scene
  • Friendly Community Atmosphere

Local Lifestyle

Downtown Charleston exudes an unmistakable charm and hospitality that draws residents and visitors alike. The laid-back lifestyle, coupled with the city's rich history and cultural heritage, creates a welcoming atmosphere where neighbors become friends and newcomers feel right at home. Whether strolling along the Battery or exploring bustling King Street, there's always something new to discover in Downtown Charleston.

Dining & Shopping

Indulge your palate with the culinary delights of Downtown Charleston, where world-class restaurants and charming cafes await at every turn. From traditional Southern fare to innovative fusion cuisine, there's something to satisfy every taste bud. After dining, explore the eclectic mix of boutiques, galleries, and specialty shops that line the streets, offering everything from artisanal crafts to high-end fashion. Don’t forget to visit the City Market, one of the oldest public markets and the cultural heart of Charleston, to shop for souvenirs made locally, including the beautiful Sweetgrass baskets handmade by local artisans.

Entertainment & Things to Do

Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene of Downtown Charleston, where art galleries, theaters, and live music venues abound. Experience the magic of the Annual Spoleto Festival USA, or catch a performance at the historic Dock Street Theatre. For outdoor enthusiasts, the city offers an array of parks, gardens, and waterfront attractions, including the iconic Rainbow Row, White Point Garden, and the Waterfront Park.  Plan to visit the SC Aquarium, view the city from a horse-drawn carriage, book a historic home tour, board the official boat tour to visit Fort Sumter to learn about the Civil War, or spend an afternoon at the new International African American Museum.


  • Buist Academy
  • Ashley Hall School
  • College of Charleston
  • The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina
  • The Medical University of South Carolina

Overview for Historic Downtown Charleston, SC

8,587 people live in Historic Downtown Charleston, where the median age is 41.2 and the average individual income is $83,451. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

41.2 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Historic Downtown Charleston, SC

Historic Downtown Charleston has 3,910 households, with an average household size of 1.93. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Historic Downtown Charleston do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 8,587 people call Historic Downtown Charleston home. The population density is 5,596.43 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

43.96 / 56.04%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree

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Commute Time

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Schools in Historic Downtown Charleston, SC

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The following schools are within or nearby Historic Downtown Charleston. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
School rating
Allegro Charter School of Music
6th - 12th
First Baptist School
PreK - 12th
No rating available
1st - 8th
Mason Preparatory School
K - 8th
No rating available
Montessori Fountainhead School
K - K
No rating available
Memminger Elementary
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Charleston Day School
K - 8th
No rating available
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