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Ever notice how all cities say they are the best place to do business and live? Well, here is what a few independent publications have to say about Charleston. By the way, this really is a great place to live and work. You should come visit.

2013 Best Performing Cities: Where America's Jobs are Created and Sustained
Charleston ranked 11th among large cities. Economic vitality  was based on job creation and retention and the quality of new jobs. The report finds that the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville region's high-tech output continues to grow above the national average 
Milken Institute - January 2014

Top Twelve Technology Hubs In America
Charleston made StateTech’s list of the top twelve tech hubs in America that are “nipping on Silicon Valley’s heels” based on IT innovation at the local level. 
StateTechNovember 2013

Top Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs: Small Cities (Population 100,000-250,000)
Charleston ranked 3rd th among small cities citing the high growth in in information technology jobs between 2011-2012 in large part due to the Charleston Digital Corridor.
Under30CEO.com - March 2013

2012 Best Performing Cities: Where America's Jobs are Created and Sustained
Charleston ranked 9th among large cities. Economic vitality  was based on job creation and retention and the quality of new jobs. The report finds that the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville region's high-tech output grew nearly 30 percentage points faster than the national average over the 5 years ending in 2011—the 4th best in the nation as well as the 8th-biggest increase in employment growth.
Milken Institute - January 2013

2012 Top 10 Downtowns
The City of Charleston was named #2 Downtown nationally of 2012. The article sites low commercial vacancy rates, high walkability, the internationally renowned dining, as well as historic attractions and festivals.
Livability - October 2012

2012 Best Communities for Young People
The City of Charleston was named one of America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING.
Award given based on its programs and services that make Charleston an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.
America's Promise Alliance - September 2012

2012 Leading Locations for Economic & Job Growth
Charleston MSA ranked #2in the South Atlantic and #14 overall in the U.S based on prime workforce growth, economic strength and employment growth.
Area Development - July 2012

2012 Best Cities for Jobs This Summer
The Charleston-N.Charleston-Summerville MSA was ranked the #4 Best Place to Look for a Job by Forbes in a survey based on net employment outlook.
Forbes - June 2012

2011 Best Performing Cities
The greater Charleston area climbed to 11th in the Milken Institute's “Best-Performing Cities 2011”
rankings from 19th last year—and 30th the year before. Charleston has been tagged as one of the economically healthiest metropolitan statistical areas in the country.
Milken Institute – December 2011

2011 Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Award
Charleston ranks #1 nationally as the top tourist destination in America because of friendliness, the bounty of outstanding restaurants, top-notch hotels, rich history, quaint shops and overall ambience. 
Conde Nast Traveler Magazine– October 2011 

2011 Metro Areas with the Largest Percentage Growth in College Degrees over 10 Years
Charleston ranks #1 nationally for College Degree Growth from 2001-2010 nationally growing 6.9 points in 10 years.
Brookings Institute Study, Wall Street Journal –September 2011

2011 Best Cities for Job Growth - Mid-Sized Cities
Charleston ranks #8 for Job Growth in 2011 nationally.
New Geography –May 2011

2011 Small Business Vitality Scores
Charleston Ranks #3 in the Nation
The Business Journals– April 2011

America's Favorite Cities
Charleston ranks #1 nationally for friendliness, B&B/Inns, Noteworthy Neighborhoods, Antique Stores, etc.
Travel + Leisure– November 2010 

2010 Small Business Vitality Scores
Charleston ranks #4 in the Nation
Portfolio –January 2010

World's Smartest Cities
Charleston Ranked #8 for strong infrastructure, attractive economy and savvy urban planning
Forbes – December 2009

"Charleston Ranked a 'Top City"
Lonely Plant, an international tourism guide, has named Charleston one of the “Top Cities to go to in 2010.”
Lonley Planet– November 2009

Best Small Towns
Charleston Ranked one of the 10 best small "Adventure Burbs"
Outside Magazine – August 2009

Progressive Environmental Stewardship & Sustainable Growth
Charleston ranked 11th among 405 small cities (pop. 50,000-99,999)
Smarter Cities – July 2009

Best Cities for Technology Jobs
Charleston #7 Best City for Technology Jobs
Forbes –June 2009

Most Livable Cities in America
Charleston Receives First Place Honors
US Conference of Mayors– June 2009

Next Cities: Best Places to Live & Work for Young Professionals
Charleston 2nd among cities with 100,000 to 200,000 population
Next Generation Consulting – June 2009

Best Cities For Technology Jobs
Among Nations Top 10– Forbes 2009

Best Place for Start-Ups
Mount Pleasant cited as best city in South Carolina
Business Week – April 2009

America’s Strongest Housing Markets
Charleston ranked among the top 25
Forbes–January 2009

2008 Best Performing Cities: Where America’s Jobs Are Created
10th among mid-sized metros
Milliken Institute – September 2008

The Best Cities for Doing Business
Charleston ranked 6th out of the Top 30 Midsize Cities
Inc.com–August 2008

50 Next Great Adventure Towns
Charleston named one of "the 50 next great adventure towns"
National Geographic Adventure magazine– August 2008

Top 10 Cities U.S. and Canada
Charleston listed among the 10 best destinations
Travel + Leisure– July 2008

Top Arts Destinations
Charleston #6 the nation's mid-size cities
American Style magazine– June 2008

America's Best High Schools
Charleston County’s Academic Magnet High School Ranks 27th
U.S. News & World Report– December 2007

Top 10 Cities U.S. and Canada
Charleston listed among the 10 best destinations
Travel + Leisure– August 2007

The Best Cities for Doing Business
Charleston recognized as one of the Top 20 Midsize Cities
Inc.com– May 2007

Mid-Size Markets with Highly Diverse Economies
Charleston region ranked among top 10
Southern Business & Development– Winter 2006

Small Business Survival Index 2006
South Carolina ranks 11th among entrepreneur-friendly states
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council– November 2006

Hot Spots for Entrepreneurs
Charleston metro area ranked #2 among top mid-size metros and the State of South Carolina ranked#5 nationally
Entrepreneur– September 2006

Five-Star Knowledge Worker Metros
Charleston metro area among top 20 percent
Expansion Management– May 2006

Top U.S. Cities for Doing Business
Charleston region ranked 12th among midsize metros
Inc.– May 2006

Best Performing Cities : Where America's Jobs Are Created
Charleston region listed among top 25 largest metros
Milken Institute– February 2006

America's 50 Hottest Cities for business expansion
Charleston region among top 25
Expansion Management– January/February 2006

Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs
Charleston metro area ranked #4 among top mid-size metros
Entrepreneur– October 2005

New American Dream Towns
Charleston included among top 10
Outside magazine– August 2005

America's Most Unwired Cities
Charleston metro area ranked #32
Intel.com– June 2005

Best Places for Business and Careers
Charleston metro area listed among top 50
Forbes– May 2005

Technopolis Found: Top Tech Cities
Charleston metro area listed among top 50
Popular Science– February 2005

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