Happiness is based on many factors including physical and mental health, financial security, family and friends, social connections and job satisfaction. WalletHub has analyzed the top 180 U.S. Cities based on 31 key indicators to determine the happiest cities.
Coming in at #20 on the list is Charleston, South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina ranked out at #108.
In order to determine the happiest cities in America, WalletHub
compared 182 of the largest cities — including the 150 most populated
U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each
state — across three key dimensions: 1) Emotional & Physical
Well-Being, 2) Income & Employment and 3) Community &
We evaluated these categories using 31 relevant metrics, which are
listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on
a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing maximum happiness.
Data for metrics marked with an asterisk (*) were available only at the
We then determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.
Sandy Morckel – Executive Producer, Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert
Charleston, S.C. —The Mayors’ Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing today announced the performance lineup for the upcoming second annual Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert, which will include recent South Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee Blue Dogs, soulful vocalist Zandrina Dunning and BlackNoyze Band, percussive Americana Rock band Rene Russell and the Bottom End, and singers from the College of Charleston Choir, Charleston Symphony Chorus and Taylor Festival Choir under the direction of Dr. Rob Taylor, with special musical appearances by Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie.
The Commission also announced that Humanities Foundation founder Tracy Doran will be honored at the concert as the 2019 Honoree of the “Homeless to Hope Award for Enduring Contributions to Alleviating Homelessness.
”The Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in the Gaillard Center Performance Hall. Proceeds will benefit the Homeless to Hope Fund, which helps citizens transitioning out of homelessness by providing support through a network of community organizations and service providers.
Raffle tickets can also be purchased onlinefor a chance to win either two VIP tickets and backstage passes to the Hootie & the Blowfish Group Therapy Tour Concert, or a guitar singed by Darius Rucker, members of Hootie & the Blowfish and Edwin McCain.
Mayor Tecklenburg said, “On behalf of my fellow mayors, I’d like to say how happy we all are to be a part of this important event and to thank all of the entertainers who will be giving up their time to share their music with us. This uplifting evening brings together our region’s service providers to honor them and raise funds so they can continue providing much needed services to our citizens experiencing homelessness.”
This Saturday, April 6, Charleston will open its doors to the Cooper River Bridge Run for the 43th year. This event, which is heralded as one of our most prestigious events in the area, is saturated with history and traditional. An event where fitness, Southern hospitality, family, silliness, music and spectacular achievement come together for one memorable weekend.
As you prepare for this weekend, we want to share stories of hope, inspiration, accomplishment and just unique little facts about this most rewarding event.
Facts, Achievements, Accomplishments and Milestones
The first Cooper River Run occurred on April 2, 1978
Hanahan’s Leroy Miller did the Cooper River Bridge event in 2015 at the age of 93
Adam Gorlitsky will become the first paralyzed man to walk the Cooper River Bridge event ever in 2016 – Follow his I Got Legs Story
The Cooper River Bridge is the 3rd Largest 10K in the United States
The first person to break the 30 minute barrier occurred in 1983
Average starting temperature of the race is 58.6 Degrees
1986 was the first year over 1000 women registered and completed the race
First year where prize money was awarded was 1984. That year, $800 was awarded to top male and top female. In 2016, the winners will receive $10,000.
Oprah Winfrey ran the race in 1994 and finished with a time of 55.48
First year of using computer timing chips was 1997 and Bill Murray served as starter that year firing the cannon at the start of the race
The first year of the wheelchair races was 2012. The winner broke 29 minutes
The first race related death occurred in 2004
The first time it rained during the race was 2005 and 6183 registered runners did not participate
The first year that more women registered than men was 2006
Zettie Little, the Ridiculously Photogenic Male got national attention after 2012 run
The first year a cap on registrants was placed was 2013
Four runner (4) has broken the 28 minute barrier
36,755 runners registered in 2012 – Largest single year registration for this event
1980 was the only year there was a tie for the win. Florida Teammates Kim Burke and Steve Littleton finished at 31.26.
Benji Durden who won the first race in 1978 with a time of 30.22 was on the 1980 US Olympic Team for the marathon but did not participate because President Carter boycotted the Olympics that year held in Moscow, USSR.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (March 29, 2019) – Mount
Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie and Mount Pleasant Town Council today
released the Town’s annual report highlighting milestones, challenges,
successes and accolades earned over the past year. The 2018 Mount
Pleasant Annual Report is available online here.
am proud of the work we accomplished in 2018 even with real challenges
such as Winter Storm Grayson, the Wando Bridge shutdown, Hurricane
Florence and more,” said Mayor Haynie. “As a community, we have come
together to overcome these obstacles and to become a stronger, more
“Even with increasing call volumes and demand for
work, our dedicated Town Council and staff worked hard to provide the
best possible level of services,” added Mayor Haynie. “I invite you to
read the many successes we have had as a community this year and I look
forward to our continued success in 2019.”
Mount Pleasant is a
2010 and 2018 All-America City and the fourth largest municipality in
South Carolina. Located across the harbor from Charleston, Mount
Pleasant is home to approximately 88,000 residents and 6,000 businesses.
For more information and to view the 2018 Mount Pleasant Annual Report, visit us online here.
The North Charleston Arts Fest is proudly produced by the City of
North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual multi-day
celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional, and local
artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual
Arts, Media Arts, and Literature. For more than 35 years, the festival
has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the
widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and
visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience an
array of free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions,
and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community
centers, schools, businesses, and parks. The event has matured into one
of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina
with a schedule that offers something for everyone, including concerts,
theatre presentations, children’s programs, lectures and readings,
workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and
much more. In 2018, the Arts Fest was selected as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
FREE Flagship Events include:
Arty Block Party (May 3, 2019, 5-9pm) – A lively outdoor event
combining an art market and street dance! Taking place along 3 blocks
in the Olde Village area of North Charleston, the Arty Block Party
features live music, vendor booths, roving entertainment, and a kid’s
zone. It’s an art-filled evening of fun for the whole family!
World Arts Expo @ Riverfront Park (May 4, 2019, 11am-5pm) – A
celebration of visual and performing arts from cultures around the
world! The outdoor, family-friendly event includes music and dance
performances, live art demonstrations, multi-cultural food offerings,
art & craft vendors, hands-on activities, roving entertainment, and a
Exhibition Encore (May 5, 2019, Noon-6pm) – A closing reception/celebration highlighting the Arts Fest’s Judged Fine Art and Photography Exhibitions, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition, and the Tri-County Youth Art and High School Sculpture Exhibitions on view in Exhibit Hall A of the Charleston Area Convention Center. In addition to the vast array of artwork on display, the Exhibition Encore offers musical entertainment, live art demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more.
The North Charleston Arts Fest began in 1982 as a one-day community
celebration in Park Circle with the goal of enhancing the quality of
life of residents through showcasing the arts. As the annual event
matured, the festival’s reach expanded to include visitors, prompting
the addition of tourism development as a goal. In 1995, the Arts Fest
moved from Park Circle to the North Charleston Coliseum and expanded to
two days. By 2000, the opening of the Charleston Area Convention
Center, the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, and additional new
venues, provided the springboard for the festival to expand to nine full
days of performances and activities for residents and visitors
throughout the City. In 2008, the Arts Fest was recognized by the
Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event. It was awarded this honor again in 2018. Now entering its 37th
year, the festival continues to evolve with a 5-day schedule that
shifts the focus from quantity of events to quality of programming and
patron experience. The Cultural Arts Department strives to maintain the
spirit of a public celebration of the arts with the mission of
presenting a comprehensive, multi-discipline event schedule that
exposes, engages, and inspires people of all ages and backgrounds.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (Feb. 18, 2019) – Registration
for summer camps at the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department will open
Monday, Feb. 25, at 8 a.m. Registration is first come, first served and
will stay open until camps fill up.
over 100 camp offerings, and multiple dates and locations, there
is something for everyone at the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department.
have been working all year to provide our residents with a wide variety
of summer camps for all interests,” says Tina Carter, MPRD program
coordinator. “We have camps for aspiring athletes, scientists, pilots,
dancers, artists, engineers and more. We even have a video game design
camp where ages 8-12 will get to design and create their very own video
For a full list of summer camp offerings, residents are encouraged to view the Summer 2019 InMotion Magazine here.
ensure your registration process goes as smoothly as
possible, MPRD has issued six quick tips to follow before, during, and
your online login information now. If you can’t remember your username
or password, call the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department at (843)
884-2528. Phone lines will be busy on registration day, so make sure to
check this ahead of time. Note:For
those new to Mount Pleasant, you will need to stop by an MPRD facility
to register your household and/or any new family members.
your camps now. Camps will fill up quickly, so make sure to have your
activity codes and backup camps picked out now and ready to go on
There are two ways to register for camps: online at https://webtrac.tompsc.com
or in person at the R.L. Jones Center Monday through Saturday, or the
G.M. Darby Building or Park West Programming Building Monday through
If you are registering in person, make sure to have your camps and backup camps with activity codes ready to go.
registration, make sure to mark you camps and relevant information in
your calendar. MPRD will not send out reminders prior to camps
The week before camps start, make sure to check the location, time, and any required equipment, clothing, and/or materials.
For more tips, updates, and camp highlights, follow the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department on Facebook and Instagram.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (March 28, 2019) – The Town of
Mount Pleasant Shem Creek Study Advisory Committee is seeking public
input as it works to develop a special area management plan for Shem
Public input is collected through the use of comment cards available on the Town’s website.
The comment cards feature three questions with space for additional
comments and must be submitted to Community and Government Affairs Chief
Lauren Sims no later than Wednesday, April 17.
The next Shem
Creek Study Advisory Committee meeting will take place on April 17,
followed by a final public input meeting on May 21. The committee
expects to have a draft report of the Shem Creek Area Management Plan
sent to Town Council by late summer for their consideration.
Shem Creek Area Management Plan was borne out of the desire by the Shem
Creek Study Advisory Committee to determine appropriate actions to
preserve the future of Shem Creek, an iconic working creek that is a
valuable cultural and economic resource to the Town and its citizens.
group’s mission is to preserve, promote, and protect the unique
history, nature, and economy of the Shem Creek Study Area and maintain
the character of it as a working creek.
More information about
the Shem Creek Study Advisory Committee and the Shem Creek Area
Inventory and Baseline Data Report may be found on the Town’s website here.
A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI)
will be making recommendations next week to the City of North
Charleston, South Carolina; Charleston County, and South Carolina
Coastal Conservation League on improvements to Rivers Avenue and the
former U.S. Naval Hospital site. ULI is a global, multidisciplinary real
estate organization whose work is driven by more than 43,000 members
dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable
The ULI representatives, convened through ULI’s renowned Advisory Services Program,
will be visiting the city from March 31 to April 5. Sponsored by South
Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Charleston County, and the City of
North Charleston, the Advisory Services panelists will consider:
The appropriate density/scale of development;
Tools and strategies to encourage investment while mitigating or minimizing the disruption to existing neighborhoods;
The role of private/public partnerships; and
Potential public investments to the area’s built environment.
As part of this visit, the panel will look at how to support the
goals of the greater community while focusing on preserving the
neighborhood’s quality of life and affordability.
Leading ULI member Andrew Irvine, a senior principal at Stantec in
Denver, Colorado, will chair the panel. “It is both humbling and
invigorating to be able to engage with North Charleston to explore
meaningful solutions to the challenges and opportunities our panel is
asked to consider,” said Irvine. “Our team comes to the city as a
resource, with no preconceived ideas or biases. We believe that the
residents are the experts within their own community, and our job is to
listen, to understand their aspirations, and to apply our best
professional expertise to create meaningful and realistic
Irvine will be joined by: Catherine Buell, vice president, policy and
programs, Greater Washington Partnership, Washington, D.C.; Veronica O.
Davis, cofounder, Nspiregreen, LLC, Washington, D.C.; Aletha Dunston,
executive director, Fort Harrison Reuse Authority, Indianapolis,
Indiana; Thomas Jansen, director, HR&A, Los Angeles, California;
Emil Malizia, research professor, Department of City and Regional
Planning, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill,
North Carolina; Paul Peters, principal, Hood Design, Oakland,
California; Lance Robins, chief executive officer, Urban Smart Growth,
Los Angeles, California; and Gayle Starr, managing director, Capital
Markets, Prologis, San Francisco, California.
the week, the panel will tour the former U.S. Naval Hospital and
surrounding neighborhoods, and interview a variety of community
stakeholders before developing a set of recommendations that will be
shared at a public presentation at the conclusion of the panel’s visit
Now in its 72nd year, the ULI advisory services program assembles
experts in the fields of real estate and land use planning to
participate on panels worldwide, offering recommendations for complex
planning and development projects, programs and policies. Panels have
developed more than 700 studies for a broad range of land uses, ranging
from waterfront properties to inner-city retail.
According to Thomas Eitler, senior vice president of ULI’s advisory
services program, the strength of the program lies in ULI’s unique
ability to draw on the substantial knowledge of its 43,000-plus members,
including land developers, engineers, public officials, academics,
lenders, architects, planners and urban designers. “The independent
views of the panelists bring a fresh perspective to the land use
challenge,” Eitler said. “The advisory services program is all about
offering creative, innovative approaches to community building.”
Past sponsors of ULI advisory service panels include federal, state
and local government agencies; regional councils of government; chambers
of commerce; redevelopment authorities; private developers and property
owners; community development corporations; lenders; historic
preservation groups; non-profit community groups; environmental
organizations and economic development agencies.
Charleston, S.C.–The official ribbon cutting and grand opening for the Louis Waring, Jr. Senior Center took place today featuring Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg, members of Charleston City Council, President and CEO of Roper St. Francis Healthcare Lorraine Lutton, Louis Waring, Jr. and the Waring family
In December, 2015, Charleston City Council named the senior center in honor of Louis Waring, Jr., a United States Navy World War II veteran who also served as the Charleston City Council member for District Seven from 1994 to 2012.
Designed by Liollio Architecture and built by Howell and Howell Contractors, Inc., the approximately 16,000 square foot facility on the campus of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital features a fitness center, café, resource center with access to computers, exercise studio and outdoor pickleball courts. The center provides adults who are 50 years of age or older the opportunity to exercise, socialize and engage through a variety of activities and events focused on active lifestyles, well-being and growth.
Mayor Tecklenburg said, “The Louis Waring, Jr.Senior Center, named for one of our city’s finest public servants, will be a truly extraordinary resource for our city and its citizens. I’d like to thank everyone involved in making this day possible, including and especially our fine partners at Roper St. Francis Healthcare,who will be providing the high quality events, classes and services our residents need and deserve.”
“With the Louis Waring, Jr. Senior Center, Roper St. Francis Healthcare is replicating the success we’ve had at the Lowcountry Senior Center in keeping older adults engaged and active,” said Lutton. “It is our honor to join forces with the City of Charleston to ensure our residents can access this beautiful space to stay active, stay young, and stay connected.”
The Louis Waring, Jr. Senior Center is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Current class offerings for March include Enhance Fitness, a group exercise class for a range of fitness levels, line dancing, art, Tai Chi, yoga, knitting, book club, calligraphy, water colors, and more.
Membership is available to anyone 50 years of age or older and provides access to a wide range of programs including annual special events, travel opportunities, health and wellness educational programs and self-management classes.Basic Membership is $70 per year for Charleston County residents ($80 for out-of-county residents). This membership does not include access to the fitness center and pickleball courts.
Gold Membership, which includes access to the fitness center and pickleball courts, is $125 per year for Charleston County residents ($135 for out-of-county residents).
More information about registration and memberships can be found online at www.waringseniorcenter.comor in person by visiting the center.