Looking to move to Charleston, SC

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Howard, OH

#1 Feb 8, 2008
I am an excavating contractor and I am looking to relocate to Charleston. I live in Ohio and the economy has come to a complete stop here. How is the construction business there? Is Charleston a good place to raise a family? All input will be appreciated.

Goose Creek, SC

#2 Feb 9, 2008
I won't be able to help you much or give you much assistance in the contruction business.

But welcome to Charleston

My guess is it won't pay as much as it does up North for doing the same thing, but then the cost of living isn't as high either. I think one generally off sets the other. But if you are raised down here and live here, the cost of living won't seem cheap either.

Howard, OH

#3 Feb 10, 2008
How is the crime rate?
US Patriot

United States

#4 Feb 10, 2008
It's bad. The area is full of negros selling drugs and so on.

Goose Creek, SC

#5 Feb 11, 2008
There is crime but I don't know if it's much different than any other major or decent sized city.

I grew up in a town of 16K in minneosta up to the early 70s, Always felt safe. But today even that small town has problems. I read about it in my hometown paper that my dad still has sent to me, 30 years plus later.

I don't know if its any different anywhere anymore.

Since: Mar 07

United States

#6 Feb 11, 2008
US Patriot wrote:
It's bad. The area is full of negros selling drugs and so on.
And the court system, also full of negros, does nothing to them. As a former business owner in Charleston, I was robbed and shoplifted so many times (all by negros) that I finally sold the businesses. The police are great but the court system sucks!

Charleston, SC

#7 Feb 12, 2008
Best bet is to locate in the Goose Creek, Summerville, Ladson area. They are pretty quiet and much less crime than Charleston and North Charleston.

Goose Creek, SC

#8 Feb 12, 2008
I would agree with living more outside of charleston north charleston. I live in Goose Creek. It's followed out this way some as well. Summerville is nice.

Howard, OH

#9 Feb 12, 2008
How is the economy there? Is there new construction going on? Is the crime really that bad? What is the population made up of, mostly whites, mostly black, foreigners? I always thought Charleston was a tourist city, not one with much crime. I have never been there, but have heard good things.
Well this brings up another question. How good is Summerville, Goose Creek and Ladson? I am just nervous about moving, but I need to from a finacial stand point and I am tired of the cold weather. Thanks for all of your inputs.
Lanny Ladson

Goose Creek, SC

#10 Feb 13, 2008
I have lived here since 1987. I guess the longest I have ever lived in one place or city or as long. Raised my first 21 in Minnesota.

I lived here a long time before I went down much to enjoy what they had to offer. realize how much I missed. That is especially if you like fine dining good food and history. There is a lot to see historically. Tours are available, Ghost walks, horse carrage rides, the battery, rainbow row ( some beautiful historic houses)

We have gone down there a few times to see what once was a part of serenade, now run by Brad and Jennifer Morantz there christmas shows, and last year they did a tribute to Bob Hope. ALl have been enjoyable.

There is the North Charleston Coliseum which carries the South Carolina Stingrays an ECHL Hockey team generally a pretty decent team. Varous concerts, shows, rodeos, etc shown there.

I am not the greatest on the demographics. blacks, to whites, hispanics etc. I can say more and more hispanics.

I can't tell you about the night life as bars, clubs etc. I don't drink or attend. but am sure they are there share of good ones if you are into that. I don't think there are that many in Summerville.

I like Goose Creek, but personally if I had a choice it may be Summerville.

The weather can get hot in the summer but Personally I would rather put up with that than the cold and snow. I left Minnesota at 21 going into the navy. Got stationed four years in Jacksonville Florida. FOught to get back to Minnesota but the closest I could get was Great Lakes Illinois. For two and a half years. That told me I never wanted to go back to that climate again.

Someone else might be able to enlighten you up more on the demographics.

I will include during my time in the navy there was two places I didnt want to get stationed. Norfolk va and Charleston. My last command ended me up here and I was glad it did. I tried to figure out why I wanted to stay away so much.

But demographically I can tell you it has grown leaps and bounds in size the past twenty years. It has gotten somewhat more congested traffic wise, houseing as exploded. I imagine that is the same in many areas around the country.

Also letting you know these are generally my opinions.

Hollywood, SC

#11 Feb 13, 2008
Charleston is a great place to relocate. Traffic is not bad, especially if you've ever lived in a large metropolitan area. Cost of living continues to increase, as it does in most areas. However, it's a buyer's market for homes. I recommend Summerville - it's 25 minutes to downtown Charleston but crime and cost of living are much lower. Avoid North Charleston. It has nice pockets but your resale will be tough since NC was just ranked the 7th most dangerous city in the US.
Mrs Lindy Crostic

United States

#12 Feb 14, 2008
I wouldn't move here if I were you. This area is going down the tubes fast. I may move!
Doug from the creek

Goose Creek, SC

#13 Feb 15, 2008
Maybe one negative is tht there is a lot moving down t his way from the north. Might not hurt for a few to decide to move out.
Mrs Lindy Crostic

United States

#14 Feb 15, 2008
A lot of folks need to abandon this place! Goose Creek is turning into to crap!

United States

#15 Feb 15, 2008
ilived there 30 years. it is going down fast . crime is through the roof . its def not the place i grew up . lots of northerners moving down which is creating traffic problems .gl
Doug from the creek

Goose Creek, SC

#16 Feb 16, 2008
I agree with the latest that is said, but I don't think some don't realize this isn't just a problem locally. It's a problem that is happening in every city in the country. THe larger the city the biger the problem.

I remember pulling into the Naval Weapons station in the early 70s and there was nothing outside the base forever. I came back in 87 and it was built up for some miles. Goose Creek to Moncks corner I will say 15 miles was all country from the edge of Goose creek in the Mid 80s to whre it is getting built on all the way to moncks corner. It's growing fast. But so is probably every other city. I guess maybe every other city in the south east. Many people wanting to get out of the cold snowy climates.

But I could move to Atlanta, Columbia, Charlotte, Greensboro, Mobile Alabama, Jacksonville fla, Tampa, etc and I am sure you will see that every thing has gotten worse since the 70s and 80s.

IF you don't like it you can always move out. But I don't think you will find things going the upwards trend anywhere else.

United States

#17 Feb 16, 2008
damn doug you were there before me . i was there 75 -05 . i member the ol nava lbase . spruill was rough dude. hwy 61 was two lanes all the way to summerville .member that ?
Doug from the creek

Goose Creek, SC

#18 Feb 17, 2008
You were really here before me. I was here in the early 70s but it was a short trip to the Naval weapons station. I just remember it being empty and baron like. Especially to what it is today.

Where I am living now was nothing or just in the stages of being built in a couple years.

I don't recall 61 and that at that time. I Came back in the late 70s I believe and recall the talks of sprull. Remember there was a couple strip bars on Dorchester road. One was the gas light which I think was or is the hayloft now. Another I think was called the Dutchman or flying dutchman which is now some electronics business.

I met a guy that had transportation at the club on the base. He took me there to show me a good time. But I t hink he had less experience than I did. He couldn't spend the money on those girls fast enough. He didnt go home with anyone of them either. Just a whole lot more broke than I did.

Crime has gone up. But I am realistic to know and understand that this is a problem that has occurred in every city in the country. Its just not a local problem

Tucson, AZ

#19 Apr 25, 2008
I live in Tucson, AZ., and we have an enormous problem with illegal entrants here as well as the drug/crime that comes with it. I wonder if Sommerville will be any different if I move there--weather will be, I'm sure. Are the beaches difficult to get to? Obviously, I crave water. Would enjoy any help.
Doug from the creek

Goose Creek, SC

#20 Apr 25, 2008
Seen Forbes listed the top ten hardest places to find a job. Michigan was on about 5 or 6 of them the remainder was out of Ohio.

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