Charleston Harbor & Fort SumterCharleston Harbor & Fort Sumter

While Charleston frequently receives recognition as a top national and global visitor destination in the world, it has developed a reputation as a burgeoning tech and creative hub, largely driven by the twenty and thirty somethings who place a premium on place and livability.

At the Charleston Digital Corridor, our recipe is simple – take one of the best business climates in the country, leverage all relevant resources and then, layer on a set of targeted, value-oriented services to help tech businesses thrive. Charleston, first settled in the late 1600s, is experiencing a twenty-first century renaissance. Spend a weekend here and you will be hooked. 

Need assistance? Contact Executive Director Ernest Andrade, your personal "Business Concierge."

Talent is the currency of the 21st century. Business and community leaders in the Charleston region understand the critical role education plays in advancing a knowledge economy. From pre-kindergarten through doctoral level studies and even, computer code schools, Charleston is committed to providing the best educational opportunities possible.

Educational attainment in the Charleston region is higher than in the United States overall. In fact, US Census Bureau ranks Charleston among the top 15% of all U.S. metropolitan areas in terms of the proportion of residents holding advanced degrees.

Childhood Education

Charleston area residents enjoy diverse options in K-12 education, including:

Four public school districts:

In addition to the Schools Districts, Charleston is home to:

For additional information on area public and private schools, visit the South Carolina Department of Education.

Higher Education

Beyond K-12, more than two-dozen college and universities provide easy access to a full spectrum of higher education opportunities, from computer science to the culinary arts. Colleges in the region are regularly ranked among the nation's best by Peterson's, U.S News & World Report and other respected guides. Notable Higher Education Institutions in the Charleston Region include:

University Research

The Charleston region is within reasonable proximity to several top-tier research universities, including those in Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill (RTP). The state of South Carolina is also home to three universities with highly respected, growing research programs:

Private Coding Schools

Recognizing that the demand for talent by Charleston tech companies has outstripped the supply, Charleston is home to two computer code schools – CODEcamp and Iron Yard Academy.

  • CODEcamp is a community-sourced training program offered by the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation to provide instruction in open source Web and mobile technologies.
  • The Iron Yard Academy (Charleston) teaches intensive, three-month courses that mentor students into a professional junior-level programmers.