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Charles Town, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Charles Town is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Jefferson County at latitude 39.264 and longitude -77.8813. Jefferson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 512 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Charles Town, but most people and references simply refer to it as Charles Town, West Virginia.

The P1 Census Class Code for Charles Town indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Charles Town: Charlestown.

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Charles Town, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 5,649
Population in Households 5,580
Population in Familes 4,348
Population in Group Qrtrs 69
Population Density1 973
Diversity Index2 46


Total Households 2,153
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 1,325
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,414 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,247 (51.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 907 (37.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 261 (10.8%)
Median Home Value $232,547
Average Home Value $282,217


Median Household Income $54,090
Average Household Income $72,638
Per Capita Income $29,952
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.7% 2.79%
Households 1.62% 2.42%
Families 0.65% 2.57%
Median Household Income   3.14%
Per Capita Income   2.17%
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 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 29 93rd
Population Density1 # 162 60th
Diversity Index2 # 10 98th
Median Household Income # 25 94th
Per Capita Income # 21 95th

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