Understand SC: Why it’s so hard to find an apartment or house you can afford in Charleston

Housing affordability remains a major issue in the Charleston area. The median home price in the tri-county area is about $266,000. File/Grace Beahm Alford/Staff.
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Finding a home or apartment you can afford in Charleston and its neighboring counties indeed feels like a crisis to its many, many newcomers.

But for those who already own a home, there seemingly is no affordable housing crisis.

In episode 2 of Understand SC, we sat down with Abigail Darlington, longtime city of Charleston reporter, who found that Charleston’s housing crisis is on pace to rival San Francisco’s. In many parts of Charleston County, it takes at least a six-figure income to buy a typical single-family home. The county’s median household income is about $55,000, and roughly half earn less than that. Though Darlington has left the Post and Courier since this episode was recorded, her knowledge of the subject is exceptional.

The big question: What has made the price of housing shoot so far upward in the Lowcountry? And what can power players in the region do to make the region more livable?

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