Charleston, SC (population: 115,017) has five medical schools within its city limits. College of Charleston, the highest ranked school in the city with a medical program, has a total student population of 11,772. It is the 162nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Medical students from Charleston schools who go on to become physicians, doctors, nurses, dentists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 274,160 people working as physicians and surgeons alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $173,860. Also, Anesthesiologists make on average $211,750 per year and there are about 37,450 of them employed in the US today.
Charleston lies in Charleston county, which is one of the 27 counties in South Carolina. Overall, the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville area has 280,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $18.57/hr average worker wage, and a $38,630 average annual salary.
Of the 5 medical schools in Charleston, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Charleston Southern University comes out as the most expensive ($18,886/yr) for medical students, with Trident Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $7,113/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charleston|
|Mount Pleasant||SC||67,849||4||14.9584||103||7.8 miles|
|North Charleston||SC||99,930||3||24.6487||24||8.8 miles|
|Myrtle Beach||SC||-||3||18.832||7||89.1 miles|