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Charleston Demographics and Lifestyle

If you are looking for a city to retire to with a higher percentage of senior citizens, more than 2,993 hours of sunshine a year, and an average temperature of 66 degrees, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina.

The Neighbors in Charleston, South Carolina

As much as 14.9 percent of your neighbors in Charleston are seniors, according to the United States Census Bureau. Females make up 51.6 percent of the total population of 389,262 residents in the gorgeous southern city. Of the total population, 68.2 percent identify as White, 28.1 percent as Black or African-American, 5 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 1.7 percent as Asian, 1.5 percent as two or more races, and less than 1 percent identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian.

People born in another country make up 5.1 percent of the population and 7.1 percent of households within Charleston speak a language other than English while at home. If you are a veteran, you will feel right at home in Charleston with the other 30,787 vets in the city.

What the Weather is Like in Charleston

U.S. Climate Data does not report an annual snowfall for Charleston as it is rare for it to snow in this warm city. During the winter months, you can expect lows in the high 30s and low 40s and highs in the lows 60s. During the summer months, temperatures peak in the low 90s during the day on average.

It does rain in Charleston approximately 119 days out of the year. The annual average rainfall is 51.06 inches and higher if a hurricane makes landfall. Hurricane season on the Atlantic runs June 1st through November 30th and can bring strong winds in excess of 75 miles per hour. Hurricanes deemed Category Five exceed winds of 156 miles per hour and can cause catastrophic damage to homes, buildings, and bridges.

To always be prepared for the event of a hurricane, keep an emergency kit in your home and in your vehicle. Hurricane predictor devices now give forecasters an idea of when the hurricane will make landfall, usually giving you time to prepare your home and evacuate if necessary. Pay attention during a hurricane watch for instructions on where to go for safety and consider leaving during a voluntary evacuation to stay safe.

Charleston’s Flora and Fauna

You can see several species of animals and plants in the Charleston area. You may see raccoons, squirrels, opossum, skunks, moles, groundhogs, armadillos, beavers, foxes, coyotes, bats, snakes, deer, pigs, alligators, iguanas, muskrats, and otters. You may want to get a guidebook to identify the types of birds in South Carolina, but in Charleston you may come across Canadian geese, woodpeckers, sparrows, starlings, and Muscovy ducks.

If you love to fish, you may catch one of the following freshwater species on your next fishing trip: blue catfish, blueback herring, bluegill, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch, warmouth, spotted sunfish, redbreast sunfish, striped bass, redfin pickerel, and walleye.

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