Overview of the Region

Over 700,000 people reside in the Charleston, SC region. This area is one of the fastest growing areas of the country due in part to a strong economy and a beautiful coastal setting. The economy of Charleston is strong and diverse, with concentrations on tourism, shipping, manufacturing, health care, education and an emerging technology sector. Each of these sectors, along with the individuals employed therein, depend on transportation, water, energy and other critical infrastructure facilities for continuity, successful daily operations, and quality of life.

Click here for fast facts about the City of Charleston, prepared by the City’s Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability.


Charleston, SC is prone to several natural hazards. A few of those hazards include: severe flooding, earthquakes (and associated liquefaction) hurricanes, and sea level rise.  Here are a list of resources for further reading:

Geologic Hazards of the South Carolina Coastal Plain (2012) || South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Sea Level Rise Strategy (2015) || City of Charleston, SC
Why Does It Seem Like Charleston Always Floods When It Rains? || City of Charleston, SC