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Charleston, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Charleston is the largest city in West Virginia with a population of 51,196 as of July 1, 2016. Charleston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Charleston is located at latitude 38.3487 and longitude -81.6323 in Kanawha County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charleston (see map below) encompass a land area of 31.5 sq. miles and a water area of 1.14 sq. miles. Kanawha County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 597 feet.

The City of Charleston (GNIS ID: 2390575) 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 Charleston is located within District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Kanawha County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Charleston 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 Charleston: Charles Town, Charleston-on-the-Kanawha, Charlestown, Clendenins Fort, Clendenins Settlement, Clendenin's Settlement, Fort Clendennin, Fort Lee, Kanawha, Kanawha Court House, Mouth of Elk, The Town at the Mouth of Elk.

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


Total Population 51,196
Population in Households 49,528
Population in Familes 35,216
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,668
Population Density1 1,625
Diversity Index2 39


Total Households 23,475
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 12,406
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 26,421 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,717 (48.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,759 (40.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,946 (11.2%)
Median Home Value $150,747
Average Home Value $198,687


Median Household Income $44,918
Average Household Income $69,079
Per Capita Income $32,346
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.06% -0.1%
Households 0.02% -0.04%
Families -0.23% -0.22%
Median Household Income   0.75%
Per Capita Income   1.0%
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.

Charleston, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Charleston 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 # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 87 79th
Diversity Index2 # 17 96th
Median Household Income # 79 81st
Per Capita Income # 12 97th

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