Economic Community Data

Economic Outlook Forecast

During the past two decades, the economy of the region has undergone a significant shift from a military/defense-dependent economy to one now more diversified and anchored around the activities of the Port of Charleston, multi-billion dollar visitor industry, healthcare industry, growing manufacturing sector and military. The region’s quality of life, history and culture also continue to attract new residents of all ages, helping to fuel the real estate and development industry.

Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center

A free online data resource repository for rich information on the Charleston metro area, providing users with the significant leading indicators, research and data trends needed to make both business and policy decisions. The website offers up-to-date economic, demographic and workforce information sourced from official government data on the three-county MSA, which consists of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

The Chamber’s Center for Business Research (CBR) serves as the center for compilation, interpretation and distribution of business and economic data for the three-county Charleston metropolitan area. Below are links to much of the economic and community information collected by the CBR.

Economic Forecast:
The annual economic forecast for the Charleston region is a partnership project between the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Business Research and the College of Charleston’s School of Business and Economics. This published forecast includes an 18- to 24-month look ahead for the housing industry, visitor industry, airport and Port of Charleston. The annual forecast is released each spring at the Chamber’s Annual Economic Outlook Conference which features insight into the national and regional economic outlook. A review of the past five annual forecasts show the forecast has had a remarkable rate of accuracy in predicting the economy’s performance.

2013 Wage and Benefits Survey for the Charleston Region

Additional Data:

Economic Information
Community Information
Other Online Resources
Major EmployersCost of Living CalculatorBusiness License OfficesCharleston Regional Development Alliance
Introduction to CharlestonBCD Council of Governments
SC Department of Commerce
Census Bureau
Bureau of Labor Statistics


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