‘Post-College Towns’ Are Filled with Young People and Jobs

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The staff of high-tech start-up PokitDok listen to a photographer's directions for a company photo on the steps of the Washington Light Infantry Museum in Charleston, S.C., on April 10. The company, co-located in Charleston and San Mateo, Calif., has created an online tool to allow consumers to find low-cost health care providers. At top of stairs, at far right, are company co-founders Ted Tanner Jr. and Lisa Maki. The company is one of many in Charleston seeking to attract and retain highly educated young workers. (Photo: Greg Toppo, USA TODAY) The staff of high-tech start-up PokitDok listen to a photographer’s directions for a company photo on the steps of the Washington Light Infantry Museum in Charleston, S.C., on April 10. The company, co-located in Charleston and San Mateo, Calif., has created an online tool to allow consumers to find low-cost health care providers. At top of stairs, at far right, are company co-founders Ted Tanner Jr. and Lisa Maki. The company is one of many in Charleston seeking to attract and retain highly educated young workers.
(Photo: Greg Toppo, USA TODAY)

Growing up in this starchy historic city in the 1990s, Jessica Duggan remembers field trips with her mother to the historic Battery neighborhood, watching tourists “doing the horse thing and the market thing.” She dreamed of staying here as an adult, but had to admit: Her hometown was hopelessly uncool.

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