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South Charleston, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of South Charleston had a population of 13,455 as of July 1, 2016. South 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 South Charleston is located at latitude 38.3489 and longitude -81.7065 in Kanawha County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Charleston (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.89 sq. miles and a water area of 0.89 sq. miles. Kanawha County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 604 feet.

The City of South Charleston (GNIS ID: 2390655) 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 South Charleston is located within District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Kanawha County.

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

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


Total Population 13,455
Population in Households 13,339
Population in Familes 9,958
Population in Group Qrtrs 116
Population Density1 1,706
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 6,254
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 3,599
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,987 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,865 (55.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,388 (34.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 733 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $112,075
Average Home Value $127,795


Median Household Income $40,993
Average Household Income $55,731
Per Capita Income $25,975
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.45% -0.31%
Households -0.42% -0.28%
Families -0.81% -0.4%
Median Household Income   0.59%
Per Capita Income   1.04%
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.

South Charleston, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South 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 # 12 97th
Population Density1 # 78 81st
Diversity Index2 # 34 92nd
Median Household Income # 130 68th
Per Capita Income # 56 86th

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