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A Local Perspective

Charleston, SC is a town rich in history and heritage. It is not only the oldest city in South Carolina but it is also the second largest city in the state. This town in nestled in the Charleston Harbor and calls Charleston County its home. Charleston was founded in 1670 but didn't get its current name until around 1783. Charleston is known for its southern charm as well as a town rich in architecture. Travel and leisure magazine names Charleston the "friendliest city" in 2011 and was also named "the most polite and hospitable city in America" by Southern Living Magazine.

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Finding a Charleston Apartment

When to search

Charleston being a historically rich city does have a tendency to get packed when it comes to population. In addition there are numerous people every year who are moving to this truly remarkable town. That means that you want get your application in as soon as you can. Competition for apartments in this city is extremely high.

How to Search

Finding an apartment can be hard, especially when there are so many choices. With our filters, you can narrow your search by price, floorplan, and amenities. Looking for an apartment building with a fitness center, swimming pool, and easy access to a dog park? We've got you covered.

Staying in the know

Charleston landlords are very picky and they have the right to be. This town is known for its local heritage and its southern hospitality and landlords want to keep that appearance up. Therefore make sure our application stands out in the crowd. You want impeccable references as be sure to provide proof of income up front to save time.

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Life in Charleston


Charleston has an array of transportation methods for those who don't have a vehicle of their own. Public transportation includes city buses, trolleys as well as mini-buses. It is however highly advised that resident have their own private transportation to save themselves time. Charleston is a city that is spread out so unless you just want to remain downtown, your own transportation is recommended.

Where to play

Charleston is a town that is full of things to do. The nightlife is Charleston is eclectic. So there is literally a bar or club for every taste. In addition you can find a wide variety of live entertainment going on. With a rich history there are museums, old forts and an array of water activities available.

August Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2022 Charleston Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, Rentable data scientists and rental experts break down the August 2022 key findings and figures for the Charleston rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Charleston and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Charleston average rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Charleston Rent Prices Increase From July to August

Charleston rent prices increased over the last month. From July to August, the city experienced a 2.05% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Charleston one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,696.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from July to August, Charleston experienced a 0.06% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Charleston two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,592.0.

August Prices: Charleston vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Charleston and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Charleston over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 5 of the Charleston suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 1 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in North Charleston, SC, Summerville, SC, Mt Pleasant, SC, Ladson, SC, Mount Pleasant, SC .

  • Rent decreased in Daniel Island, SC.

  • 1 suburb is currently priced higher than the city of Charleston.

  • 5 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of Charleston.

August 2022 Pricing Trends: Charleston vs. National Comparisons

Charleston Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Charleston over the past year has been on the rise. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Charleston average rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Charleston one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of Rentable's August 2022 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about Charleston and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for Charleston and suburbs

1 BR August 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR August 2 BR M/M % Change
Charleston, SC $1,662.0 3.81% $1,591.0 1.08%
North Charleston, SC $1,099.0 0.09% $1,236.0 1.48%
Summerville, SC $1,489.0 8.45% $1,331.0 5.22%
Mt Pleasant, SC $1,762.0 3.10% $2,064.0 1.38%
Ladson, SC $1,308.0 5.06% $1,517.0 3.34%
Mount Pleasant, SC $1,365.0 5.41% $1,703.0 2.90%
Daniel Island, SC $1,290.0 -0.16% $1,647.0 0.06%


Each month, using over 1 million Rentable listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.