Charleston, WV Profile: Facts & Data


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Charleston, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Charleston is the largest city in West Virginia with a population of 49,970 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 49,970
Population in Households 48,302
Population in Familes 34,139
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,668
Population Density2 1,586
Diversity Index3 40


Median Household Income $50,055
Average Household Income $76,351
Per Capita Income $35,550


Total Housing Units 26,259 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,289 (46.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,500 (40.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,470 (13.2%)
Median Home Value $160,027
Average Home Value $209,102


Total Households 22,789
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 12,019
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.34% -0.65%
Households -0.35% -0.66%
Families -0.56% -0.82%
Median Household Income   0.52%
Per Capita Income   1.2%

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, 2018 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 Density # 89 78th
Diversity Index # 16 96th
Median Household Income # 63 85th
Per Capita Income # 10 98th

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