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Charleston Tops the List for Places to Live after Military Service

Charleston boasts a number of national and international accolades that make it a desirable place to live, work, and play, from the Best Small City per Conde Nast Traveler Readers to one of the top US Cites for Starting a Business per Inc.

The latest feather in the region’s cap is certainly one worthy of praise: Charleston tops the list of best cities for military members to settle in after their service is complete. The list was compiled by Navy Federal Credit Union in partnership with Operation Homefront.  The list takes into account a variety of quality of life metrics, including cost of living, housing affordability, access to recreation, proximity to health care resources, and transportation.

The survey included 1,000 veterans and civilians nationwide to help determine the top 10 cities to move to after transition to civilian life, with a focus on the unique challenges of 2020. Charleston’s #1 ranking is largely due to its southern hospitality and proximity to Join Base Charleston.

“Data showed that transitioning service members prioritize living in a strong community of veterans with lower crime rates, lower cost of living and easily accessible outdoor activities,” according to

Navy Federal provided further insight into Charleston’s #1 ranking. “A city known for its hospitality, Charleston boasts low housing costs, access to cultural and natural activities, and a robust history. With James Beard Award-winning restaurants like Husk and FIG, shopping in the Historic Charleston City Market, or the ability to enjoy walking along The Battery, residents will discover new wonders in this city every day. The city also hosts a vibrant military community with Joint Base Charleston just a quick 25-minute drive from the center of downtown,” the organization published along with their rankings.

Saussy Burbank homes for military members

Nexton, a community in which Saussy Burbank builds new homes, recently put a spotlight on why military members – retired and active – are choosing to live there.

“Located within 30 minutes of all major military installations, Nexton is the perfect place for military families,” the website shares.

An interview with veteran and military relocation expert Rodney Lawless, with Carolina One Real Estate, further explains why Nexton is an ideal place for military families.

Saussy Burbank currently offers homes from 1,224 – 2,200+ square feet in two Nexton neighborhoods, Brighton Park Village and Midtown. Reach out today to explore your new Charleston-region home!

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