Coastal Carolina Research Center serves the interests of the entire Charleston metro area which includes the Tri-County region of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Over the past 5 years the area has experienced an 8.4% increase in population growth and this trend is expected to continue due to our affordable cost of living standards, nice climate, and economic development. Within the state of South Carolina, this area has 5 of the top 11 largest (by population) cities in the state.
Our main office is located in Mount Pleasant, SC. In 2006, Mt. Pleasant was named by Money Magazine to its annual list of 100 "Best Places to Live".
The success of our company largely depends on how we meet the needs of the Lowcountry citizens and its changing demographics and how much they value the work that we do in medical research. Read what some of our Patients have to say about CCRC.
|Isle of Palms||4,579|
|Charleston Metro Area||594,899|
The age breakdown in Charleston reveals that we have a very active, thriving and broad population and will likely continue to be a hotbed for further growth amongst older citizens due as noted by the article below:
AARP Magazine ranks Charleston in top five cities for retirees
Charleston Regional Business Journal, June 15, 2006
By Kathleen Dayton
AARP Magazine has named Charleston one of five cities in the country with the best amenities for retirees.
Retired residents of each city were interviewed for the "Dream Cities" article in the magazine's July/August issue.
The magazine researched cities across the country in a hunt for areas offering a mix of retiree-friendly amenities, including cultural activities, pleasant weather and affordability.
Charleston was termed "a bargain" by the magazine because Social Security is tax exempt in South Carolina and income tax deductions for people age 65 and older are $15,000 (single) and $30,000 (joint).
Other favorable aspects included the city's history, its colleges and its senior education programs, the annual number of sunny days in Charleston and the area's proximity to first-class golf courses, including those at Kiawah and Seabrook islands, Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach.
A retired couple interviewed for the article said they had purchased a 3,000-square-foot lakeside home in a Charleston suburb last year for $350,000.
Among lifestyle perks, the article mentioned Charleston's grace and charm, noting one etiquette expert has voted Charleston the most polite city in the nation for 10 years running.
|Population by Age Group in Charleston Metro Area
In clinical research, diversity matters. CCRC has demonstrated success over the years in enrolling volunteers that are similar to the demographics of our surrounding community.
|Racial Composition in Charleston Metro Area
|Two or more races||1.1%|
CCRC not only enrolls volunteers from broad age and ethnicity backgrounds but we also do well enrolling volunteers from a diverse socio-economic background. We constantly are targeting "health conscious adults" regardless of their economic status to participate in the process of drug advancement.
|Charleston Metro Area by Income||2006 Median Household||2006 Per Capita Income|
|Isle of Palm||$87,806||$48,202|
For all occupations the mean annual income per capita is $34,370.
Overall, economic diversity and prosperity is clicking along relatively nicely in the Charleston. The area's unemployment rate has been hovering around the 5.0% over the past several years and future prospects of growth look positive with some larger international companies already having made commitments to build facilities in the area. Despite this the area still has "pockets of underserved" who are not receiving the benefits or opportunities that the majority of the area has received.
As a special note the Charleston area receives tremendous economic benefits as being one of the largest seaports on the East Coast. The new Arthur Ravenel bridge was built to help support the areas import/export shipping industry. Most outside observers already know that the area's travel and tourism industry is big business as visitors come to experience the area's history, natural amenities, shopping and restaurants. On the medical front, Charleston does serve as a regional hub for new medical science and health care due to the presence of the Medical University of South Carolina, other regional medical centers and VA / Naval hospitals.
|Charleston Metro Area by Employment||2006 Employees||% of Workforce|
|Natural resources / mining / construction||20,791||7.7%|
|Trade / transportation / utilities||54,375||20.1%|
|Professional & business services||33,340||12.3%|
|Educational & health services||26,562||9.8%|
|Leisure & hospitality services||36,031||13.3%|
|Government / public administration||52,939||19.6%|
|The Charleston Metro Areas Largest Employer Groups|
|US Navy C/O Naval Weapons Station||Nucor Steel||Eagan, McAllister Associates, Inc.|
|Medical University of South Carolina||Force Protection, Inc.||J.W. Aluminum|
|Charleston Air Force Base||Giant Cement Co.||LANXESS Corp.|
|Charleston County School District||Detyens Shipyards, Inc.||Lieber Correctional Institute|
|Roper St. Francis Healthcare||Berkeley County||Sanders Brothers Construction|
|Berkeley County School District||Charleston Place||McNaughton Apparel Group, Inc.|
|Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. Inc.||Kiawah Island Golf Resort||Vanguard Car Rental USA, Inc.|
|Robert Bosch Corp. - Automotive Group||Prudential Carolina Real Estate||Albany International|
|Dorchester County School District II||InterContinental Hotels Group||Benefitfocus.com|
|Charleston County ||East Cooper Regional Medical Center||Knight's Companies|
|Santee Cooper||U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston||Rogers & Son Construction Co.|
|Trident Medical Center and Health System||Alcoa Mt. Holly||Linde Lift Truck Corp.|
|City of Charleston||Dorchester County||Presbyterian Home of South Carolina|
|MeadWestvaco Corp.||Walmart - Berkeley country||Scout Boats, Inc.|
|College of Charleston||Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services||Showa Denko Carbon, Inc.|
|Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center||Suncom||Walmart - Dorchester county|
|Verizon Wireless||American LaFrance||Hallmark Health Care Center|
|South Carolina Electric and Gas Co.||CR Bard, Inc.||Key West Boats, Inc.|
|Blackbaud, Inc.||Coastal Center (SCDDSN)||Lafarge Building Materials, Inc.|
|City of North Charleston||Summerville Medical Center||MeadWestvaco Lumber|
If you have any questions about the information provided or would like more details about a potential clinical study opportunity with Coastal Carolina Research Center please contact:
Director of Business Development
Phone #: 843-856-3784
Fax #: 843-856-3788
The Charleston area is home to numerous smaller colleges and universities including:
|Charleston Metro Colleges and Universities|
|College of Charleston|
|Charleston Southern University|
|Medical University of South Carolina|
|Trident Technical College|
|Charleston School of Law|
|The Art Institute of Charleston|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University|
|Southern Wesleyan University|
|Webster University - North Charleston|
High-tech systems and installations developed by the U.S. military often find a home in private industry. One of this region's growing sectors is the military and its contractors. Currently, the military employs more than 29,700 people in the region – 47% on active duty and 53% civilian. Military payroll plus local purchases made by military commands contributes $3.5 billion annually to the local economy. And, local military contractors estimate their impact exceeds $642 million each year.
United States Navy
The U.S. Navy has reemerged as the largest employer in the region, with over 16,000 employees - including both military and civilian workers.
The region is home to the East Coast headquarters of SPAWAR – the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center. The operation provides each of the essential functions of C4ISR, and works with a myriad of systems including sensors, video teleconferencing, image processing, air traffic control, navigation, computer security, briefing systems, and multifaceted communication pipelines. SPAWAR directly employs more than 1,400 active military and civilian employees, including more than 600 degreed engineers.
The work associated with SPAWAR is helping to drive a growing base of defense contractors involved in the development and installation of sophisticated electronics, software and computer systems. Collectively, SPAWAR contractors employ over 5,000 in the Charleston region.
In addition to housing SPAWAR, the region's U.S. Naval Weapons Station includes two state-of-the-art naval nuclear power training commands and the only waver-free naval weapons storage facility in the continental United States.
United States Air Force
The Charleston Air Force Base is the largest East Coast air base servicing the C-17, the Air Force's most flexible and reliable cargo plane. The base also provides a large part of Air Mobility Command's Global Reach airlift capability. The Charleston Air Force Base employs nearly 6,000 active duty and civilian employees.
United States Army
The Charleston area is home to the 841st Transportation Battalion, which serves to expedite the movement of military cargo. The 841st Battalion is the busiest military terminal battalion in the U.S. Army, handling more than one quarter of all sealift cargo for the war with Iraq.
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers also has a Charleston presence, and is involved in numerous water resource, environmental and military projects. The Corps employs 160 civilian and military personnel.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston is a multi-mission unit providing a number of key services, including maritime homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement, marine environmental response, and port and waterway safety. The Coast Guard employs nearly 800 active duty, civilian and reserve employees.
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) provides training for agents from 81 Federal law enforcement agencies. The U.S. Coast Guard has co-located its own maritime law enforcement academy on the same campus, with plans to train about 2,000 students per year.
U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State operates the Financial Services Center Charleston, which locally employs approximately 600 civilians and contractors. The center disburses about $3.3 billion a year in payroll to U.S. citizen Foreign Service employees, foreign nationals and retired Foreign Service officers. One of the nation's two Federal passport processing offices is also located in the region, locally employing about 200.
U.S. Department of Justice
The Charleston region is also home to the National Law Enforcement & Corrections Technology Center - Southeast, which operates under the U.S. Department of Justice. The Center provides technical advice and assistance to all law enforcement and corrections facilities within the 15-state Southeast Region.