The North Charleston neighbor of Hanahan is part of Berkley County. The small but expanding community is convenient to downtown Charleston (about a 15-minute drive), the interstate and Goose Creek. Incorporated in the 1970s, the city consists of two residential sections. The older part of Hanahan was built after World War II to accommodate the area’s burgeoning military population. More recently, new homes in planned communities with large collections of amenities have made appearances in the northern part of the city. Sought after by families, a main attraction of the area is its top-ranking schools. The mostly residential community is close-knit; most residents know each other from church or school and often stop to chat at the grocery or bank.