The City of Charleston is the largest city in West Virginia with a population of 49,628 as of July 1, 2019. 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 38.3498 and longitude -81.6326 in Kanawha County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charleston 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.
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.
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX
|Charleston, WV Housing Affordability Index is 126 |
State of West Virginia Housing Affordability Index is 182
|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.|
|Charleston, WV Wealth Index is 88 |
State of West Virginia Wealth Index is 64
|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.|
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|Population in Households||47,945|
|Population in Families||33,926|
|Population in Group Qrtrs||1,683|
|Median Household Income||$42,012|
|Average Household Income||$72,192|
|Per Capita Income||$33,448|
|Total Housing Units||26,279 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||12,327 (46.9%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||10,299 (39.2%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||3,653 (13.9%)|
|Median Home Value||$170,618|
|Housing Affordability Index2||126|
|Average Household Size||2.12|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||1.86%|
|Per Capita Income||2.07%|
The table below compares Charleston to the other 404 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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.
|Total Population||# 1||100th|
|Population Density||# 90||78th|
|Diversity Index||# 16||96th|
|Median Household Income||# 167||59th|
|Per Capita Income||# 28||93rd|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE West Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.