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Charles Town, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Charles Town had a population of 5,729 as of July 1, 2016. Charles Town ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Charles Town is located at latitude 39.264 and longitude -77.8813 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charles Town (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.84 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Jefferson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 512 feet.

The City of Charles Town (GNIS ID: 2390574) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Charles Town is located within Kabletown District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jefferson County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Charles Town population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Charles Town: Charlestown.

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Charles Town, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 5,729
Population in Households 5,662
Population in Familes 4,403
Population in Group Qrtrs 67
Population Density1 981
Diversity Index2 48


Total Households 2,171
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 1,328
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,430 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,255 (51.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 916 (37.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 259 (10.7%)
Median Home Value $247,137
Average Home Value $265,510


Median Household Income $58,554
Average Household Income $74,398
Per Capita Income $30,610
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.42% 2.59%
Households 1.25% 2.25%
Families 0.5% 2.37%
Median Household Income   2.27%
Per Capita Income   1.33%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Charles Town, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Charles Town to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 30 93rd
Population Density1 # 156 62nd
Diversity Index2 # 7 99th
Median Household Income # 15 97th
Per Capita Income # 14 97th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE West Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.