Charleston Economic Regional Scorecard

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began: 2005
Year of Last Input: 2020
Last Updated: Nov 29 2023
Project Location:
Charleston, SC
State / Province:
South Carolina
Lead Organization:
Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Type of Organization:
Nonprofit - Community-based

Geographic Scope

Municipality, Metropolitan

Issue Areas

Demography, Economy, Education, Employment, Equity, Happiness, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Infrastructure, Poverty, Social, Transportation


South Carolina, Community, equity, livability, transportation, well-being, housing, employment, education, broadband


This report tracks economic performance and competitiveness in the three-county Charleston region as compared to U.S. metro areas with similar competitive assets. The report uses a 2005 baseline for most metrics to show changes over time.

Due to data lag, the most recent annual indicators are from 2018 and 2019. With the outsized impacts of COVID-19, this report includes “point in time” data to show how our region is performing during the global pandemic and provides insights into Charleston’s economic recovery.

This dashboard focuses on the issues of equity and inclusion. A recent report by global consulting firm Ernst & Young shows communities with higher levels of racial inclusivity enjoy greater levels of employment growth. When more people have access to quality education, good jobs, and business opportunities, local economies grow faster, stronger, and for longer periods of time. Building a more inclusive economy requires broad-based, coordinated solutions to address numerous complex issues. This dashboard focuses on issues of accessibility; attainment; quality; affordability; proximity around Education, Employment, Housing, Transportation, and Equity issues.

Has Perfomance Measures?

This report uses a ranking of Charleston against peer cities to evaluate the city's efforts to address economic, talent, livability, and well-being issues in Charleston.

Has CI-PM Integration?

This report integrates performance measures and indicators, using the relative change in ranking against peer cities to evaluate the city in each indicator category.

Project URL

Indicator Domains

Health, Housing, Living, Public Safety, Transportation, Education, Employment, Equity, Well-Being

Reporting Format

Annual Report, Online Reporting

Other Partners

Community Foundation

Project Contact:

Charleston Regional Development Alliance - Nonprofit - Community-based

Charleston South Carolina USA