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Charleston's 'rentquake' taking a toll on locals

by Henry McInerny

Housing rent rose an average of 10.4% in South Carolina in 2022, according to

And this is making it tough to find an affordable place to live in one of the greatest cities in the Southeast.

One Charleston resident recently moved from Mount Pleasant, where he owned a townhouse for $1,800 a month. Now he’s in a one-bedroom for $2,000 a month on James Island.

“The year-and-a-half in Mount Pleasant I had a townhouse that I loved," said William Lowther, noting that the rent wasn't actually too bad. "I definitely have experienced rent increases, but specifically in James Island."

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