The tri-county region has experienced steady population growth in the last several years.  That growth has brought positive economic change; however significant gaps and challenges remain.

  • 3 Counties: Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties, SC
  • 28 Municipalities: Including 3 of the 4 largest cities in SC
  • 4 Public School Districts: Berkeley County School District, Charleston County School District, Dorchester County School District 2 and Dorchester County School District 4
  • 108,340 Public School Students
  • 80 Title 1 Schools
  • ​20 Institutions of Higher Education: Largest include Charleston Southern University, the College of Charleston, The Citadel, Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, Trident Technical College and the University of South Carolina​​


Where We’ve Been

  • 24% population increase since 2005
  • 11% increase in public school enrollments since 2008
  • ​​36% increase in degrees granted by these IHEs since 2005
  • 3 percentage point increase in child poverty rate since 2005
  • ​​7 percentage point increase (10,410) in public school students eligible for free / reduced lunch since 2008

Where We Are Now

  • 712,220 population in 2013
  • 104,190 public school students in four districts in 2014
  • 6,416 degrees granted by five local, non-profit institutions of  higher education in 2013
  • 23% child poverty rate in 2013
  • 53% public school students (53,940) eligible for free / reduced lunch in 2013
Where We Have Gaps

Community Competition

Metros with similar economic assets with which the tri-county region competes with for jobs per the Regional Economic Scorecard*

CityProficient in 3rd Grade ReadingKindergarten ReadyProficient in 8th Grade MathOn-time High School Graduation RageAdults 25+ with a 2-year degree or higher
Tri-County Region38%40%36%84%43%
Austin, TX61%53%72%89%48%
Greenville, SC40%N/A38%84%38%
Raleigh, NC75%70%86%81%53%
Richmond, VA86%85%82%76%41%