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Charles Town, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Charles Town had a population of 5,996 as of July 1, 2020. 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 39.289 and longitude -77.8597 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charles Town 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 Charles Town District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jefferson County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Charles Town: Charlestown.


Charles Town, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 5,996 (100%)
Population in Households 5,937 (99.0%)
Population in Families 4,604 (76.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 59 ( 1.0%)
Population Density 1,028
Diversity Index2 48


Median Household Income $64,982
Average Household Income $85,765
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $35,647
Wealth Index5 89


Total HU (Housing Units) 2,590 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,358 (52.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 940 (36.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 293 (11.3%)
Median Home Value $239,583
Average Home Value $259,481
Housing Affordability Index3 172


Total Households 2,297
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 1,403
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.31% 2.6%
Households 1.32% 2.41%
Families 0.85% 2.53%
Median Household Income   1.82%
Per Capita Income   2.05%
Owner Occupied HU   3.54%


Charles Town, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Charles Town to the other 404 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 28 93rd
Population Density # 144 65th
Median Household Income # 20 95th
Housing Affordability Index # 63 16th
Per Capita Income # 17 96th
Diversity Index # 9 98th

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