Survey Request: Battery to Beach Program Seeking Opinions of Bike Riders in the Lowcountry to Guide Next Steps

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. —?The Town of Mount Pleasant has been involved with the Battery to Beach program from its conception and continues to work with its committee the goal of a safe, bikeable infrastructure to and from the beaches and the peninsula.

Battery to Beach is currently conducting a survey of the Charleston bicycle community to try to gauge usage of bicycle lanes and guide the next steps of their program and your participation would be appreciated.

Following is a link to the survey: tinyurl.com/btobsurvey

The Economist Releases 2018 List of Most and Least Liveable Cities in the World

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For the first time ever, a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey.? The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare.? This year’s survey ranks Vienna, Austria as the most livable city and Damascus, Syria as the worst.

According to the survey, nearly half of the cities have seen their liveability ranking improve over the past year.

The EIU said that crime, civil unrest, terrorism or war played a “strong role” in the ten-lowest scoring cities.

Below is a PDF summary of the complete findings of the 2018 survey.

The ten most liveable cities in 2018

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Melbourne, Australia

3. Osaka, Japan

4. Calgary, Canada

5. Sydney, Australia

6. Vancouver, Canada

7. Tokyo, Japan

8. Toronto, Canada

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Adelaide, Australia

The ten least liveable cities in 2018

1. Damascus, Syria

2. Dhaka, Bangladesh

3. Lagos, Nigeria

4. Karachi, Pakistan

5. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

6. Harare, Zimbabwe

7. Tripoli, Libya

8. Douala, Cameroon

9. Algiers, Algeria

10. Dakar, Senegal

Full Report Overview – The Economist Intelligence Unit – The Global Livability Index 2018

Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina Named 5th Most Expensive Beach Town in America

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Coastal Living along with Realtor.com have named its 10 most expensive beach towns in the United States for 2018.? The Lowcountry is proud to say that one of our beaches has made the top 10 in this years survey.

Coming in at #5 is Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina with a median home price of $2.45 Million.

The towns making the top 10 include:

  • #10 – Anna Maria, Florida – Median Home Price:? $1.4 Million
  • #9 – Avalon, New Jersey – Median Home Price:? $1.46 Million
  • #8 – Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts – Median Home Price:? $1.5 Million
  • #7 – Key Biscayne, Florida – Median Home Price:? $1.7 Million
  • #6 – Haleiwa, Hawaii – Median Home Price:? $1.88 Million
  • #5 – Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina – Median Home Price:? $2.45 Million
  • #4 – Nantucket, Massachusetts – Median Home Price:? $3.00 Million
  • #3 -Manhattan Beach, California – Median Home Price: 3.1 Million
  • #2 – Water Mill, New York – Median Home Price:? $3.75 Million
  • #1 – Malibu, California – Median Home Price:? 3.95 Million

Complete Listing and Summary – Coastal Living

Charleston, S.C. Ranked #76 Among Most Popular Cities for Millennial Homebuyers in Latest Survey

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In 5 years, South Carolina has gone from 39th to 2nd in the nation for worst and rudest drivers

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In 2012, Insure.com did a survey of 2000 drivers on the states with the rudest drivers. ?South Carolina finished a modest 39th. ?A very respectable ranking in a not so savory survey. ?Fast forward to 2016. ?CarInsuranceComparison.com ranked South Carolina as the 3rd worst in the nation for drivers. ?Now, in 2017, Kars4Kidz conducted a new survey of 2500 participants and South Carolina has the honor of finishing as the 2nd worst drivers.

Results are based on individual online surveys through AYTM (Ask Your Target Market) with 50 licensed drivers in each state for a total of 2500 respondents, aged 18 and older, and conducted from March to April 2017. Question and answer order were randomized. Based on the total population of adults per state the sampling error was ± 12% with a confidence level of 90%.

Surveys – Rudest / Worst Drivers

2012 Insure.com – South Carolina 39th (Rudest Drivers)

2016 CarInsuranceComparison.com – South Carolina 3rd (Worst Drivers)

2017 Kars4Kidz – South Carolina 2nd (Rudest Drivers)

2017 Kars4Kidz Results:

1. Idaho 11. South Dakota 21. Massachusetts 31. Illinois 41. Iowa
2. New Mexico 12. Utah 22. Kentucky 32. New Jersey 42. Pennsylvania
3. Oregon 13. Texas 23. Minnesota 33. Virginia 43. Oklahoma
4. Montana 14. Arizona 24. Delaware 34. Indiana 44. Georgia
5. Alaska 15. Michigan 25. Nevada 35. Ohio 45. Maine
6. Hawaii 16. Florida 26. Alabama 36. Nebraska 46. Wisconsin
7. Colorado 17. California 27. Tennessee 37. North Dakota 47. Louisiana
8. Washington 18. West Virginia 28. North Carolina 38. Rhode Island 48. Arkansas
9. Vermont 19. Wyoming 29. Missouri 39. Kansas 49. South Carolina
10. New Hampshire 20. Maryland 30. Connecticut 40. Mississippi 50. New York

How aggressively do you respond to slow driving?

Do you let a car merge in front of you in heavy traffic?

Do you respond rudely when being tailgated?

Do you use your turning signals?

Would you steal someone’s parking spot?

Would you speed up to stop someone from passing you?

CarInsuranceComparison.com 2016 Results:

 

Insure.com 2012 Results

The states with the rudest drivers — and the states that hate them most

Rude rank State Most hated by drivers from:
1 Idaho Arizona
2 Washington, D.C. Maryland
3 New York California
4 Wyoming Montana
5 Massachusetts New Hampshire
6 Delaware Georgia
6 Vermont California
8 New Jersey New York
9 Nevada California
10 Utah California
11 Alaska Arizona
12 Louisiana Texas
13 Connecticut New Jersey
14 Rhode Island Massachusetts
15 Iowa Illinois
16 Oklahoma Texas
17 California Texas
18 Alabama Georgia
19 Arkansas California
20 Mississippi Tennessee
21 Colorado California
21 New Mexico Texas
23 Florida Georgia
24 Ohio Kentucky
25 Georgia Florida
25 Illinois Wisconsin
27 Texas California
28 Hawaii Kansas
28 Kansas Missouri
28 Virginia North Carolina
28 West Virginia Pennsylvania
32 Kentucky Ohio
32 Maryland Pennsylvania
34 Arizona California
35 Michigan Ohio
36 Indiana Illinois
37 Pennsylvania New Jersey
38 Tennessee Alabama
39 Missouri Kansas
39 South Carolina North Carolina
41 South Dakota Texas
42 North Carolina South Carolina
43 Washington Oregon
44 Nebraska Pennsylvania
45 Wisconsin Illinois
46 Oregon California
47 Minnesota Wisconsin
48 Montana District of Columbia
48 New Hampshire Minnesota
50 Maine Maryland
51 North Dakota Michigan
Source: Insure.com, based on a survey of 2,000 drivers in July 2014.

Niche.com 2017 Top Party Schools in South Carolina – College of Charleston Ranked Pretty High

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The 2017 Top Party Schools ranking is based on student reviews and nightlife statistics. Top party colleges have a vibrant and diverse party scene – they offer fun options both on and off campus and students rate their peers as being fun, friendly, and into partying.

The College of Charleston was ranked as the #2 party school in South Carolina and #39 in the nation in the latest Niche.com study on Best Party Schools.? Here is the top 15 in the state.

  1. University of South Carolina
  2. College of Charleston
  3. Clemson University
  4. Coastal Carolina University
  5. Wofford University
  6. Benedict College
  7. Presbyterian College
  8. Morris College
  9. Francis Marion University
  10. Lander University
  11. Winthrop University
  12. South Carolina State University
  13. Furman University
  14. Newberry College
  15. University of South Carolina Update

Complete National List

Complete South Carolina State List

Ranking Criteria and Methodology

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Student Surveys on Party Scene Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the quality of the party scene at each school. Self-reported by Niche users 70.0%
Access to Bars A measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of bars and similar establishments. U.S. Census 15.0%
Athletics Grade Niche Athletics grade, which incorporates factors such as number of national championships won, athletic department revenue, as well as student surveys regarding athletics on campus. Niche 7.5%
Greek Life Grade Niche Greek Life grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding Greek life on campus. Niche 7.5%

 

South Carolina Ranked as 45th Worst State to Be a Police Officer in New Study

Source: WalletHub

Currently, there are over 900,000 uniformed police officers in the United States.? In the last 10 years, over 1500 have died in the line of duty including 143 in 2016.? This is a noble profession, but one that comes with high risk.? WalletHub just released a study on the best and worst states to be a police officer.?? Our own South Carolina ranked as the 45th worst state to be a police officer.

Below is the breakdown of the 50 states including methodology and analysis.

Methodology of Study

Ask the Experts

Best and Worst States to Be a Cop

Overall Rank State Total Score ‘Opportunity & Competition’ Rank ‘Job Hazards & Protections’ Rank ‘Quality of Life’ Rank
1 North Dakota 63.05 12 6 1
2 Connecticut 59.56 31 1 10
3 New York 58.57 2 25 12
4 Illinois 58.04 5 11 16
5 Minnesota 56.66 16 4 29
6 New Hampshire 56.29 48 5 2
7 New Jersey 55.32 6 8 34
8 Texas 54.50 3 27 21
9 Maine 54.13 49 2 19
10 South Dakota 54.01 38 13 4
11 Delaware 53.46 29 10 14
12 Rhode Island 52.73 43 3 25
13 Pennsylvania 52.13 9 15 37
13 Washington 52.13 18 12 33
15 Maryland 52.05 13 33 5
16 District of Columbia 51.93 1 48 22
17 Indiana 51.91 19 18 20
18 Hawaii 51.40 26 23 11
19 Massachusetts 51.27 17 9 41
20 Florida 51.19 40 21 8
21 California 50.86 8 28 31
22 Wisconsin 50.47 21 17 32
23 Virginia 49.84 11 14 47
24 Michigan 49.79 10 30 30
25 Vermont 48.95 41 7 40
26 Kansas 48.45 42 39 3
27 North Carolina 48.20 20 16 46
28 Utah 48.18 51 22 7
29 Wyoming 48.11 14 32 24
30 Colorado 47.98 7 43 23
31 Ohio 47.83 24 20 38
32 West Virginia 47.75 36 35 9
33 Iowa 47.56 23 29 27
34 Arizona 47.46 15 31 35
35 Montana 46.40 32 40 15
36 Oregon 46.16 44 24 26
37 Nevada 45.25 39 44 6
38 Oklahoma 44.78 28 46 13
39 Nebraska 44.15 27 36 36
40 Alabama 43.43 45 38 17
41 Mississippi 43.23 25 47 18
42 Idaho 43.05 47 19 43
43 Georgia 42.12 35 26 51
44 Missouri 41.72 34 34 42
45 South Carolina 40.44 37 42 39
46 Tennessee 38.49 30 45 48
47 Kentucky 38.46 50 36 44
48 New Mexico 38.06 4 50 45
49 Alaska 37.36 22 51 28
50 Arkansas 35.88 46 41 50
51 Louisiana 33.14 33 49 49

Do You Believe in Heaven? – Survey Results

Several weeks ago, we reached out and asked you to participate in a short two question survey entitled “Do You Believe In Heaven”.? We asked that question and as a follow up, what is your personal perception/believe in what Heaven is.? We are so thankful to all those that generously participated in this survey.

What is very interesting about the comments is that they range from faith to science and some in between.? Whether religion, faith, spirituality or science places into your personal beliefs, it is clear that believing in something is important in life’s journey.

We would like to present you with the results and some of the candid comments provided to us.

Do you believe in Heaven?

Yes – 61.90%

No – 38.10%

What do you believe Heaven is?

“I believe heaven is where all good people reside after death.”

“After you have lived the lives you were meant to live and your soul has learned the lessons that were needed to reach your highest self, Heaven is a place where your soul or essence of being continues on in another state of consciousness. Ideally what I would like to believe is that we are reunited with our loved ones who have gone before us and we no longer have feelings of fear, pain or anxiety.”

“We all all made of energy and energy does not die.? Heaven may be a metaphysical state that we cannot comprehend in our current place in life, but it is part of the continuation of energy.”

“I do not have a definitive answer. What I perceive is beyond description, except for poor analogies of life existence and experience. In one sense it is recognition of oneness and acceptance of the presence of the Source, in whatever form that may prove to be. In another it is manifestation of all one’s best imagined existences.”

“Union with God.”

“Place prepared by God for Christians.”

“I believe it’s way above the clouds. I believe the St. Peter has to approve ones entry. Once inside you can visit all generations of family and friends as you remember then. You can go back in time an see yourself at 14 years of age or 84. Ambrosia is not the only food available; there a fine dining rooms, excellent restaurants, fast food spots and bar-b-que joints. Elegant bars and lounges, beer & juke joints and bars with peanuts shells on the floor. Seasonal rains and temperatures that suit the one that you consider just right for the area you dwell in. And peace–personal and political–throughout the Earth.”

“A place that God dwells that is Holy and spiritual. It is a place that the righteous, those that follow Christ, will reside with God.”

“Peace of mind, no physical pain.”

“Eternity”

“A place of peace and happiness!”

“Spirited particles of energy surrounded by higher particles of engulfing sustaining energy that move beyond our comprehended physical dimension.”

“It is a real place of indescribably beauty.? Utopia realized.”