Those planning on relocating to America may want to consider the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. Named America's friendliest city and also America's most polite and hospitable city by Travel + Leisure and Southern Living magazines respectively, it's no question as to why tourism is big business in Charleston. Home to the fourth largest seaport along the East Coast, shipping instillations predating the Civil War have become an integrated (and integral) part of the city's historic identity. Distinctly southern, art, music, cuisine, and dialect in Charleston is a unique blend of the English, French, and South African forefathers by which the city was built.
Rental properties in Charleston can range anywhere from $600 to $1400 for one bedroom units, or as high as $3,365 for a three bedroom unit near the city-centre. With the high cost of moving to America already in mind, the added cost of shipping to America means that for those looking to settle in prime neighbourhoods such as Mt. Pleasant, Central Charleston or Daniel Island, downsizing beforehand may be necessary to save on shipping weight, but also on square footage.
Neighbourhood aside, Charleston’s humid summers, mild winters and excessive rainfall means that no matter where in the city you settle, you can expect to see upwards of 46 inches of rain throughout the year. Luckily, although packing your rain gear is a must, sunshine is guaranteed for at least two-thirds of the year, giving you the opportunity to get out and enjoy the beachfront.
Working in Charleston
With the number of international removals to America on the rise, those seeking work in Charleston, South Carolina, may find themselves working at any one of the city’s major employers including: Blackbaud, BoomTown, SPARC, Benefitfocus or CSS (thanks to the city's 2012 tech boom) or, for professionals with related experience, South Carolina's $18 billion dollar tourist industry offers salaries anywhere between $50,000 to $110,000 depending on position.
What to do in and Around Charleston
South Carolina is a go-to travel destination for a reason, and newcomers getting settled will want to explore the various districts, stopping in at Drayton Hall, the historic Aiken-Rhett House (1820) and of course, the South Carolina Aquarium. For nature enthusiasts, Boneyard Beach, Middleton Place and the Magnolia Plantation Gardens also make for an excellent walking tour.
Not to be outdone, food in Charleston is predictably delicious and local haunts include Halls Chophouse, the Cru Cafe, and the contemporary Butcher and Bee. For a meal with style, the Circa 1886 Restaurant is top-notch, while a quick lunch at the Brown Dog Deli will also satisfy.