Charleston, SC Real Estate

According to census data in the year 2000 there were 44,143 housing units in Charleston. This represents a 28.6% growth from 34,322 in 1990.

Of those housing units, 42,847 were located in either urbanized areas or urban clusters, and 1,296 were located in what is classified as a rural area.

Homeownership rate in Charleston is about 51.8%. Charleston's vacancy rate, including seasonal lodging, is about 8.4%. Average household size is 2.24 people.

The majority of houses, apartments or condos in Charleston were built after 1970.


Housing Size

Housing Units by Size
Studio Type2.20%
One Bedroom15.90%
Two Bedrooms30.80%
Three Bedrooms36.50%
Four Bedrooms11.70%
Five Bedrooms or more3%
As % of Housing Units

Owned Homes, Apartments and Condos

Average Household Size2.46
Median year structure was built1969
Median Value of occupied units$139,700
Median Price asked for vacant units$132,700

Rented Homes, Apartments and Condos

Average Household Size2
Median year structure was built1971
Median Monthly Rent asked for vacant units$601

Owners Finance Status

Housing Finance
Second Mortgage & Equity Loan0.30%
Second Mortgage9.50%
Home Equity Loan10.50%
Simple Mortgage52.40%
Debt Free27.20%
As % of Housing Units
Median part of Monthly Household Income dedicated to covering home ownership costs20.4%