The Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of three counties: Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester. North Charleston is the second-largest city in the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area and ranks as the third-largest city in the state; Mount Pleasant and Summerville are the next-largest cities. John's Parish, although the last two are mostly still incorporated rural parishes.
Endemic bouts of yellow fever and malaria influenced the removal of the state government to Columbia in 1788, although the port remained among the 10 largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census.
The only major American city to have a majority-enslaved population, Antebellum Charleston was controlled by a militarized oligarchy of white planters and merchants who successfully forced the federal government to revise its 18 tariffs during the Nullification Crisis and launched the Civil War by seizing the Arsenal, Castle Pinckney, and Fort Sumter from their federal garrisons.
After authorities held a news conference in July informing the public that the teen may have been held captive in Mc Clellanville for several days, police received multiple tips corroborating the jailhouse confession.
The FBI testimony was made during a bond hearing for Mr Taylor, 25, whose attorney characterised the allegations as "nothing but a squeeze-job" to bring closure to the case.
Summer is the wettest season; almost half of the annual rainfall occurs from June to September in the form of thundershowers. Winter is short and mild, and is characterized by occasional rain.
Measurable snow (≥0.1 in or 0.25 cm) only occurs several times per decade at the most, with the last such event occurring December 26, 2010.
Charleston had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015.
The population of the Charleston metropolitan area, comprising Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties, was counted by the 2015 estimate at 727,689—the third-largest in the state—and the 78th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.
The city limits also have expanded across the Cooper River, encompassing Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area.
The present city has a total area of 127.5 square miles (330.2 km North Charleston blocks any expansion up the peninsula, and Mount Pleasant occupies the land directly east of the Cooper River.
Investigators spent years chasing leads but had not been able to make progress in the case.