CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A business website has ranked Charleston the third-best small city in America for young entrepreneurs.
The website Under30CEO.com ranked Charleston behind Chattanooga and Columbia, Missouri among cities with a population between 100,000 and 250,000.
The Holy City finished ahead of Madison, Wisconsin and the state capital.
The website's readers were asked to vote on the locations they thought were the best places for a new company to open shop based on local resources, culture, atmosphere and overall appeal to a young twenty-something.
Under30CEO.com cited Charleston's southern hospitality and growing tech job market among its reasons for young entrepreneurs to consider:
Charleston has always been ranked as a great place to live in the United States. Charleston has received a large number of accolades; they include "America's Most Friendly City" by Travel + Leisure in 2011 and subsequently Southern Living magazine named Charleston "the most polite and hospitable city in America". Charleston is becoming a prime location for information technology jobs and corporations and has experienced some highest growth in this sector between 2011 and 2012 due in large part to the Charleston Digital Corridor. The CDC is a creative effort to attract, nurture & promote Charleston's knowledge economy by facilitating a business, physical and social environment where technology companies thrive.
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