Charleston is distinguishing itself from other cities in South Carolina culturally and economically. In addition to Husk, here are other recent rankings representing the accolades to our city. While reading, remember Rhett Butler's words before that famous last line of "Gone With the Wind," "I'm going back to Charleston, back where I belong." To which Scarlett O'Hara replied, "Please, please take me with you!"

Food Network magazine

Evo Pizzeria, One of the top 50 pizzas in the U.S.

National Geographic

50 Best Places to Live: The Next Great Adventure Towns (2008)


No. 23 --City of North Charleston in America's Most Fun, Affordable Cities (2011)


Coolest Small Cities in America (2010)

Travel + Leisure

America's Favorite Cities Survey (2010, out of 35 cities):

No. 1 Friendly city

No. Bed and Breakfasts/Inns

No. 1 Noteworthy neighborhoods

No. 1 Antique stores

No. 1 Stylish boutique hotels

No. 1 Attractive people

World's Best Awards (2011):

No. 2 Best Cities in U.S. and Canada

U.S. News and World Report

No. 20 Best U.S. Vacations (2010)


No. 4 Top Arts Destinations, midsize cities (2011)

Lonely Planet

No. 10 Top 10 Cities (2010)

Conde Nast Traveler

No. 2 Travel Destination in the U.S. (2010)

TripAdvisor Readers' Choice Awards

No. 17 Best Romantic Vacations, anywhere (2011)

No. 7 Best Romantic Vacations, U.S. and Canada (2011)

No. 14 Best History and Culture Vacations, U.S. and Canada (2011)

No. 20 Top Destinations, U.S. and Canada (2010)

No. 2 Great Food & Wine, U.S. and Canada (2010)

No. 4 Culture and Sightseeing, U.S. and Canada (2010)

No. 3 Top Girlfriend Getaways in the U.S. (2010)

United States Tennis Association

Best Tennis Town in the U.S. (2010)


Best Towns (2010)

Southern Living

No. 1 Best Southern City (2009)

No. 2 Best Neighborhood for Shopping -- King Street (2009)

No. 10 Best Family Destination (2009)


Five Great American Cities

Augusta Chronicle

Best Romantic Getaway (2011)

Best Romantic Getaway (2010)

Best One-tank Getaway (2010)


No. 40 Best Places for Business and Careers (2011)

Milken Institute

No. 19 Best Performing Cities (2010)

No. 4 Small Business Vitality (2010)