Moving from Charlotte, NC, to Charleston, SC

Slow down and soak in the vibe of the Holy City 

Charleston, SC, is just 200 miles southeast of Charlotte, NC, but it can feel a world away for newcomers. Called the Holy City because it’s home to more than 400 places of worship, Charleston is well known for its beauty, rich history, delicious food, and friendly people. 

You’ll also notice that Charlestonians live life at a more leisurely pace. If you’re moving from Charlotte, find out what else you can expect and learn about an efficient, money-saving moving option. 

Engage with history on a deeper level 

Charleston — particularly downtown — has an unmistakable old Southern feel. Tourists and locals, some in horse-drawn carriages, meander down cobblestone streets in the shadows of beautiful structures and massive trees that are hundreds of years old. History buffs can stay endlessly engaged with historic places to tour throughout the area. 

Here are a few fun facts to fuel your interest: 

  • Charleston is the site of the first public college, museum and playhouse in the U.S. 
  • America’s first golf club was established in Charleston in 1787. 
  • Charleston’s layout is almost identical to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. The cities share features that include colonial buildings, crepe myrtle trees, and cobblestone streets. 
  • Many of the ceilings of the piazzas on historic Charleston homes are painted light blue — also known as a “haint blue” — which is believed to keep evil spirits away. 
  • The Pineapple Fountain at Charleston Waterfront Park, an iconic landmark in the city, symbolizes hospitality. 

Enjoy easy access to water 

Charlotte is two hours from the beach and 20 minutes from Lake Norman. But Charleston is right on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy swimming, paddleboarding, or fishing. Take a romantic sunset sail with scenic coastline views, go sightseeing on a dolphin cruise, or catch the ferry to Fort Sumter. It’s your call! 

Discover diverse career opportunities 

Charleston residents earn less on average than people in Charlotte, but there are good opportunities in specific markets. Tourism is a significant driver of Charleston’s economy, creating various jobs in the hospitality and service industries. Tech, sales, advertising, marketing and art professionals are also prevalent in Charleston. The metro area’s largest employers include The Boeing Company, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Joint Base Charleston.  

Ready to plan your move? U-Pack is built to deliver 

Your long-distance move doesn’t have to be stressful, costly or complicated. For more than 25 years, U-Pack® has provided extraordinary value and service while completing over 1 million moves through  service centers spread throughout all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Get a free quote to find out how we can help!