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A new SmartAsset study shows Charleston County at the top of the list of small business income and presence among South Carolina counties, with 15.36% of income generated in the county coming from small businesses.

In a national study designed to show small business owners the best place to open up shop, Charleston County ranked No. 1 in S.C. with a small business index taking four metrics into account of 52.87.

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Charleston County ranked just above Beaufort County, whose small business return of 30.62% inched above Charleston County’s 29.01%, but whose small business income and index fell short at 11.08% and 51.63.

Nationally Charleston County slipped in the ranks compared to last year, from No. 534 to No. 716, while Beaufort County fell from the top 300 to No. 770.

Tri-county area neighbors Berkeley and Dorchester counties ranked well below Charleston’s No. 1 spot, taking the 19th and 30th spots, respectively.