Coastal Carolina Research Center serves the interests of the entire Charleston metro area which includes the Tri-County region of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Over the past 5 years the area has experienced an 8.4% increase in population growth and this trend is expected to continue due to our affordable cost of living standards, nice climate, and economic development. Within the state of South Carolina, this area has 5 of the top 11 largest (by population) cities in the state.
Our main office is located in Mount Pleasant, SC. In 2006, Mt. Pleasant was named by Money Magazine to its annual list of 100 “Best Places to Live”.
The success of our company largely depends on how we meet the needs of the Lowcountry citizens and its changing demographics and how much they value the work that we do in medical research. Read what some of our Patients have to say about CCRC.
The age breakdown in Charleston reveals that we have a very active, thriving and broad population and will likely continue to be a hotbed for further growth amongst older citizens due as noted by the article below:
AARP Magazine ranks Charleston in top five cities for retirees
Charleston Regional Business Journal, June 15, 2006
By Kathleen Dayton
AARP Magazine has named Charleston one of five cities in the country with the best amenities for retirees.
Retired residents of each city were interviewed for the “Dream Cities” article in the magazine’s July/August issue.
The magazine researched cities across the country in a hunt for areas offering a mix of retiree-friendly amenities, including cultural activities, pleasant weather and affordability.
Charleston was termed “a bargain” by the magazine because Social Security is tax exempt in South Carolina and income tax deductions for people age 65 and older are $15,000 (single) and $30,000 (joint).
Other favorable aspects included the city’s history, its colleges and its senior education programs, the annual number of sunny days in Charleston and the area’s proximity to first-class golf courses, including those at Kiawah and Seabrook islands, Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach.
A retired couple interviewed for the article said they had purchased a 3,000-square-foot lakeside home in a Charleston suburb last year for $350,000.
Among lifestyle perks, the article mentioned Charleston’s grace and charm, noting one etiquette expert has voted Charleston the most polite city in the nation for 10 years running.
In clinical research, diversity matters. CCRC has demonstrated success over the years in enrolling volunteers that are similar to the demographics of our surrounding community.
CCRC not only enrolls volunteers from broad age and ethnicity backgrounds but we also do well enrolling volunteers from a diverse socio-economic background. We constantly are targeting “health conscious adults” regardless of their economic status to participate in the process of drug advancement.
For all occupations the mean annual income per capita is $34,370.
Overall, economic diversity and prosperity is clicking along relatively nicely in the Charleston. The area’s unemployment rate has been hovering around the 5.0% over the past several years and future prospects of growth look positive with some larger international companies already having made commitments to build facilities in the area. Despite this the area still has “pockets of underserved” who are not receiving the benefits or opportunities that the majority of the area has received.
As a special note the Charleston area receives tremendous economic benefits as being one of the largest seaports on the East Coast. The new Arthur Ravenel bridge was built to help support the areas import/export shipping industry. Most outside observers already know that the area’s travel and tourism industry is big business as visitors come to experience the area’s history, natural amenities, shopping and restaurants. On the medical front, Charleston does serve as a regional hub for new medical science and health care due to the presence of the Medical University of South Carolina, other regional medical centers and VA / Naval hospitals.
The Charleston area is home to numerous smaller colleges and universities including:
Charleston Metro Colleges and Universities
– College of Charleston
– The Citadel
– Charleston Southern University
– Medical University of South Carolina
– Trident Technical College
– Charleston School of Law
– The Art Institute of Charleston
– Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
– Limestone College
– Southern Wesleyan University
– Springfield College
– Troy University
– Webster University – North Charleston
Military and Federal Installations in the Charleston area
High-tech systems and installations developed by the U.S. military often find a home in private industry. One of this region’s growing sectors is the military and its contractors. Currently, the military employs more than 29,700 people in the region – 47% on active duty and 53% civilian. Military payroll plus local purchases made by military commands contributes $3.5 billion annually to the local economy. And, local military contractors estimate their impact exceeds $642 million each year.