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City of Charleston Awards
2014 Awards
Most Exciting Mid-Sized Cities in the U.S.
Charleston ranked #2 by Movoto Real Estate
Source: Movoto Real Estate

Best American Cities for Foodies
Charleston ranked #4 by Conde Nast Traveler
Source: Conde Nast Traveler

Most Romantic Getaways in the World
Charleston ranked #4 by Fodor's
Source: Fodor's

Top Performing Cities in the U.S.
Charleston ranked #11 by Milken Institute
Source: Business Insider

Best Destinations in the U.S.
Charleston voted #13 in the 2014 Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Awards
Source: Trip Advisor

Top Destinations for 2014
Charleston listed among the top 20 travel destinations in the world
Source: Telegraph Travel

Best Places to Retire
Charleston listed among the best places to retire by Forbes
Source: Forbes

Friendliest Cities in the U.S.
Charleston ranked #1 by readers of Conde Nast Traveler
Source: Conde Nast

Most Amazing Places Uncle Sam Could Send You
Charleston ranked #12 on list of best U.S. military base locations around the world
Source: Huffington Post

Best Girls' Trip
Charleston voted #2 by readers of USA Today and 10Best.com
Source: 10Best.com

Best Post-College Towns
Charleston featured among the best post-college towns by USA Today
Source: USA Today

2013 Awards
Top City in the U.S. and Canada
Charleston voted #1 in the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards survey.
Travel + Leisure – July 2013

Top 10 Cities Overall
Charleston ranked #7 in the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey.
Travel + Leisure – July 2013

Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.
Daniel Island selected among the top 50 master planned communities
Where to Retire – June 2013

Top Location for Retirement
Charleston selected as one of the top locations for retirement
Retirement and Good Living – February 2013

2012 Awards
Top Travel Destination in the World
Charleston, SC Ranked #1 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers.
Condé-Nast – October 2012

Top U.S. Travel Destination
Charleston, SC Ranked #1 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers.
Condé-Nast – October 2012

Top 10 Downtowns 2012
Charleston ranked #2
Livability.com – 2012

Best Places for Business and Careers in the U.S.
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, MSA ranked #34
Forbes – June 2012

Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities for Software and Internet Technology
Charleston ranked among the top 10 fastest growing cities for software and Internet technology.
Fast Company – June 2012

Fifteen Tech Scenes in Places You’d Never Think to Look
Charleston listed as one of the Fifteen Tech Scenes in Places You’d Never Think to Look
Fast Company – June 2012

Top Mid-Size Cities for Jobs
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville MSA ranks #5 on list (up from #8 in 2011). It ranks 29th MSA overall. 
Forbes – May 2012

Healthiest Small-business Climates in the South
Charleston ranks #6
On Numbers – April 2012

Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for Families
Charleston ranked #3 
Livability – 2012

Top 21 Places to Go in 2012
Charleston named as one of the top places to go in the world (1 of only 2 places in the U.S.)
Fodor’s Travel – January 2012

Top U.S. Destinations on the Rise for 2012
Charleston ranked #10 
TripAdvisor – January 2012

2011 Awards
Best-Performing Cities 2011
Charleston-North Charleston MAS ranked #11 U.S. market for jobs, economic growth
Milken Institute – December 2011

America's Best Shopping Streets
King Street named among top 10 shopping streets in U.S.
U.S. News and World Report – November 2011

Top “Brain Gainer”
Charleston Metro area ranked #1 for biggest growth over past decade in percentage of adults with college degrees
Wall Street Journal – October 2011

Top American Travel Destination
Charleston, SC Ranked #1
Condé-Nast – October 2011

World's Best Cities
Charleston, SC Ranked #3 City for travel in the world
CNNGo – October 2011

Best Honeymoon Destinations in the US
Charleston ranked #8
U.S. News and World Report - 2011

America's Most Beautiful Neighborhoods
Charleston’s South of Broad area #5
Travel + Leisure– 2011

The 10 Best Cities For Weekend Vacations
Charleston Ranked #5 
Forbes – October 2011

Top "Surprisingly Romantic City"
Charleston, SC Ranked #1
Yahoo.com Wanderlust- 2011

2011 World's Best Cities
Charleston ranked #2 in the United States and Canada region
Travel + Leisure– 2011

50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States
Daniel Island listed among the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States
Where to Retire Magazine - 2011

Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the U.S.
Charleston ranked #4
TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards - 2011