Surprised? As stated in the Post and Courier this past Sunday: Over the last 15 plus years, more people are moving to South Carolina from neighboring states, New York and foreign countries than from any other area in the United States. North Carolina accounts for the most new comers during this time frame by contributing 393,935 people. Followed by Goergia and then Florida. In recent years, there have been many people who initially retired to Florida that have decided to leave Florida because of increasing insurance costs and property taxes. Other states that are supplying over 80,000 to 85,000 and calling Charleston home include Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California in that order. The Lowcountry is probably seeing more people from New York, New Jersey and Florida. South Carolina cities close to North Carolina are probably seeing a good number of Tar Heel transplants.
There is also a big correlation between the folks that are visiting are from Atlanta, Charlotte, Greenville, Spartanburg, Asheville, Anderson, Raleigh, Durham, and into Tennessee and the ones buying. People fall in love with Charleston and end up buying a vacation home and plan to retire here.