Here are some interesting stats on the Charleston area from Womens Wear Daily Magazine.
The City of Charleston has a population of 104,000. The Charleston Metro area population is 549,000. Retail sales downtown are around $12.8 billion per year. The annual tourist industry impact on South Carolina is $4.48 billion. The annual visitors to South Carolinas lowcountry is over 4 million. The average visitor spends $225 per day.
James Brown; Chubby Checker; Eartha Kitt, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson are all from the area.
In the greater Charleston area the service industry comprises 30.6 percent of employment, with 24 percent working in trade, the second-largest catergory.
The historic district includes 4,800 historic structures.
The port of Charleston is the fourth largest container port in the U.S.
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