Media Release: Dear Prospective New Charleston Residents – Charleston is Officially Closed

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By Mark A. Leon

This is going to come as a shock to many who have already rented Uhaul trucks, looked at Google Maps and prepped road trip meals and gas breaks, but in a major announcement, Charleston has been declared closed to new residents.

After a massive public uprising, the powers above have made a declaration stating the reasons why it would not be prudent to move here:

  1. We don’t have a professional sports team (ok, major professional).? Think about this for a moment.? Charleston has a comparable cost of living to Chicago (this is truth) and they have the World Series Champion Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and the Chicago Fire.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, Bill Murray doesn’t always like to be bothered out in public. Besides, he is rarely in town anyway. You have a better chance of spotting a dolphin doing the backstroke.
  3. I know Charleston flaunts unseasonably warm winters, but it does snow. In fact, we recently got enough to shut down our international airport for three days, businesses were shut down and schools were closed.? It was mayhem and panic in the streets.
  4. We hide it well on social media, but the Lowcountry has a bit of a traffic issue. Structurally, this small coastal community wasn’t built for the size it has become and it becomes apparent during those busy rush hours.
  5. It is illegal to drink on our beaches. Do you really want to go to the beach and not be able to relax with a cold one?? Really??
  6. Our mascots are a Cougar, a Bulldog, and a big floppy eared dog. We are dorky and so unoriginal.? You deserve better.
  7. Southern pride isn’t for everyone. It is an acquired taste that has taken hundreds of years to obtain.
  8. If you aren’t an SEC or ACC fan, you are an outsider and who wants to be an outsider?
  9. We are much too expensive for you all. Charleston is 31% above the national cost of living average, our sales tax is 9.5% on everything including clothes, 10.5% restaurant food tax and 15% restaurant alcohol tax.? We feel bad putting that financial burden on y’all.
  10. We don’t even have a Macy’s or Tiffany’s or Lord & Taylor
  11. Charleston does not have a 24-hour coffee shop. What happens when you get that late-night inspiration and you need coffee?? You are out of luck my friend.
  12. You must experience it to believe it, but the heat and humidity have a life of their own during the summer. And do we have a summer.? It lasts for 9 months.
  13. With all our fried food, your New Years Resolution will go right out the window.? See how much we care.

We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you all the best of luck.

South Carolina is 10th Fastest Growing State in Raw Population Growth Based on Latest Census Report

On Tuesday, the US Census released its latest population numbers from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016.? The fastest growing state by percentage was Utah and the state losing the highest percentage was Illinois.? South Carolina did not make the top 10 in percentage growth, but we did crack the top ten at #10 raw growth with 66,285 new residents joining our state.

Now it is official, in raw population growth, South Carolina is the 10th fast growing state in the country in the last year.

Below are charts of the Top 10 Most Populous States, Raw Growth and Percentage Growth between the period of July 1, 2015 – July 1, 2016.

Top 10 Most Populous States: 2016

Rank Name 2010 2015 2016
1 California 37,254,522 38,993,940 39,250,017
2 Texas 25,146,100 27,429,639 27,862,596
3 Florida 18,804,592 20,244,914 20,612,439
4 New York 19,378,110 19,747,183 19,745,289
5 Illinois 12,831,574 12,839,047 12,801,539
6 Pennsylvania 12,702,857 12,791,904 12,784,227
7 Ohio 11,536,727 11,605,090 11,614,373
8 Georgia 9,688,680 10,199,398 10,310,371
9 North Carolina 9,535,688 10,035,186 10,146,788
10 Michigan 9,884,129 9,917,715 9,928,300

Top 10 States in Numeric Growth: 2015 to 2016

Rank Name 2010 2015 2016 Numeric change
1 Texas 25,146,100 27,429,639 27,862,596 432,957
2 Florida 18,804,592 20,244,914 20,612,439 367,525
3 California 37,254,522 38,993,940 39,250,017 256,077
4 Washington 6,724,545 7,160,290 7,288,000 127,710
5 Arizona 6,392,301 6,817,565 6,931,071 113,506
6 North Carolina 9,535,688 10,035,186 10,146,788 111,602
7 Georgia 9,688,680 10,199,398 10,310,371 110,973
8 Colorado 5,029,324 5,448,819 5,540,545 91,726
9 Oregon 3,831,072 4,024,634 4,093,465 68,831
10 South Carolina 4,625,410 4,894,834 4,961,119 66,285

Top 10 States in Percentage Growth: 2015 to 2016

Rank Name 2010 2015 2016 Percent change
1 Utah 2,763,888 2,990,632 3,051,217 2.03
2 Nevada 2,700,691 2,883,758 2,940,058 1.95
3 Idaho 1,567,650 1,652,828 1,683,140 1.83
4 Florida 18,804,592 20,244,914 20,612,439 1.82
5 Washington 6,724,545 7,160,290 7,288,000 1.78
6 Oregon 3,831,072 4,024,634 4,093,465 1.71
7 Colorado 5,029,324 5,448,819 5,540,545 1.68
8 Arizona 6,392,301 6,817,565 6,931,071 1.66
9 District of Columbia 601,766 670,377 681,170 1.61
10 Texas 25,146,100 27,429,639 27,862,596 1.58

Latest State Population Growth: South Carolina Rank is moving up fast

Annually on January 1, the United States Census Bureau releases the population growth tables from July 1 – July 1.? – Schedule of Data Releases

The data for July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015 tell us some significant information, specifically about our state of South Carolina.? Here are some important facts you should know about the latest census data and how South Carolina falls into the mix.

  • United States population growth from July 1, 2014 – July 1, 2015 – 318,857,056 to 321,418,820 (0.008% increase)
  • Top growth states by percentage of raw population increase:
    • Texas – 490,036 (27,469,144 – 26,979,078)
    • Florida – 365,703 (20,271,271 – 19,905,569)
    • California – 352,527 (39,144,818 – 38,792,291)
    • Georgia – 117,728 (10,214,860 – 10,097,132)
    • Washington – 107, 185 (7,170,351 – 7,063,166)
    • North Carolina – 102,415 (10,042,802 – 9,940,387)
    • Colorado – 100,986 (5,456,574 – 5,355,588)
    • Arizona – 99,282 (6,828,065 – 4,846,411)
    • South Carolina – 66,986 (4,869,146 – 4,829,160) – 9th
    • Oregon – 57,775 (4,028,977 – 3,971,202)
  • Top growth states by percentage of increase – July 1, 2014 – July 1, 2015:
    • North Dakota – 2.3%
    • Colorado – 1.9%
    • Nevada – 1.9%
    • Florida – 1.8%
    • Texas – 1.8%
    • Utah – 1.7%
    • Washington – 1.5%
    • Arizona – 1.5%
    • Oregon – 1.5%
    • South Carolina – 1.4% (12th)
  • South Carolina is ranked as 23rd largest state, up from 24 in 2014
  • South Carolina population increase since 2010 Census data:
    • 2010 – 4,635,894
    • 2011 – 4,672,733? (0.00795%)
    • 2012 – 4,721,341? (0.01040%)
    • 2013 – 4,768,498? (0.00999%)
    • 2014 – 4,829,160? (0.012721%)
    • 2015 – 4,896,146? (0.013871%)

Overall, South Carolina is ranked 9th in overall population increase and 12th in percentage in the last census tracking year.? Overall increase of 260,252 since 2010 census count (5.6% increase).

To further breakdown the source, migration from out of state has a substantially higher impact in the last year than natural growth based on birth.

US Census State Increase July 1 2014 to July 1 2015

US Census State Increase 2010 – 2015