Charleston, WV

Census Place

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2022 Population
48,415
1.3% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
42.2
1.2% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17%
2.65% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$58,902
8.87% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$172,800
10.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
21,760
2.25% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Charleston, WV had a population of 48.4k people with a median age of 42.2 and a median household income of $58,902. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Charleston, WV declined from 49,055 to 48,415, a −1.3% decrease and its median household income grew from $54,101 to $58,902, a 8.87% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Charleston, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.74%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.5%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.694%).

None of the households in Charleston, WV reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.3% of the residents in Charleston, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Charleston, WV are University of Charleston (1,065 degrees awarded in 2022), West Virginia Junior College-Charleston (237987) (88 degrees), and Ross Medical Education Center-Charleston (46 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Charleston, WV was $172,800, and the homeownership rate was 60.8%.

Most people in Charleston, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Charleston, WV was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Charleston, WV is home to a population of 48.4k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.3% of Charleston, WV residents were born outside of the country (2.08k people).

In 2022, there were 6.01 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (37.3k people) in Charleston, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.21k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.78k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.3%
2022 Citizenship
98.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.3% of Charleston, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Charleston, WV was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Charleston, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    37.3k ± 774
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    6.21k ± 599
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.78k ± 577
1.58%
Hispanic Population
765 people

In 2022, there were 6.01 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (37.3k people) in Charleston, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.21k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.78k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.58% of the people in Charleston, WV are hispanic (765 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,064 ± 1,115 people
  2. Germany
    1,923 ± 1,076 people
  3. China
    1,815 ± 1,045 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,064 West Virginia residents, followed by Germany with 1,923 and China with 1,815.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.3%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.08k people
4.59%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.25k people

As of 2022, 4.3% of Charleston, WV residents (2.08k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Charleston, WV was 4.59%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    695 ± 186
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    371 ± 136
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    359 ± 146

Charleston, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.87 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Charleston, WV employs 21.8k people. The largest industries in Charleston, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,281 people), Retail Trade (2,343 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,225 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($118,194), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($117,694), and Utilities ($91,552).

Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,743. The income inequality in West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.449, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

21.8k
2022 Value
± 1,162
−2.25%
1 Year decline
± 7.59%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Charleston, WV declined at a rate of −2.25%, from 22.3k employees to 21.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Charleston, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,457 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,325 people), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (2,060 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Charleston, WV.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

21.8k
2022 Value
± 1,162
−2.25%
1 Year decline
± 7.59%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Charleston, WV declined at a rate of −2.25%, from 22.3k employees to 21.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Charleston, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,281 people), Retail Trade (2,343 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,225 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Charleston, WV, though some of these residents may live in Charleston, WV and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,595
Median earning men ± $3,707
$40,582
Median earning women ± $3,428

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($118,333), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($69,191), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($66,667).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($85,638), Information ($71,500), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,182).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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0.583%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 690k people employed in West Virginia. This represents a 0.583% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 15%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in West Virginia.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in West Virginia went to Donald J. Trump with 68.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (29.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.34%).

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing the state of West Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Senators from West Virginia

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Joe Manchin
Senator from West Virginia1
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Carte Goodwin, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Robert Byrd.
Shelley Moore Capito
Senator from West Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing West Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in West Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Charleston, WV awarded 1,252 degrees. The student population of Charleston, WV in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 1,900 male students and 1,499 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Charleston, WV are White (714 and 59.3%), followed by Unknown (263 and 21.8%), Black or African American (123 and 10.2%), and Hispanic or Latino (53 and 4.4%).

The largest universities in Charleston, WV by number of degrees awarded are University of Charleston (1,065 and 85.1%), West Virginia Junior College-Charleston (237987) (88 and 7.03%), and Ross Medical Education Center-Charleston (46 and 3.67%).

The most popular majors in Charleston, WV are Organizational Leadership (348 and 27.8%), Registered Nursing (218 and 17.4%), and Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (203 and 16.2%).

The median tuition cost in Charleston, WV for private four year colleges is $21,000.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Charleston, WV, the percentage of applicants admitted was 67.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 25%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 3,399 (55.9% men and 44.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 3,399 students enrolled in Charleston, WV, 55.9% men and 44.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,233 records, of which 49% were women and 51% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 62 degrees awarded
  2. 30 degrees awarded
  3. 341 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Charleston, WV was Registered Nursing with 62 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Charleston, WV according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,065 degrees awarded
  2. 88 degrees awarded
  3. 46 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Charleston with 1,065 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 676 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Charleston, WV, which is 1.17 times more than the 576 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 714 degrees mean that there were 2.71 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 263 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($21,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,734) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,800) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.661% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.559% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (549k), Some college (279k), and Secondary Education (210k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Charleston, WV was $172,800 in 2022, which is 0.613 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $157,000 to $172,800, a 10.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Charleston, WV is 60.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Charleston, WV have an average commute time of 18.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Charleston, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Charleston, WV is $58,902. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Charleston, WV was Census Tract 19.01 with a value of $108,547, followed by Census Tract 19.02 and Census Tract 15, with respective values of $99,766 and $93,750.

Property

$172,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,628
$13,217
Median Property Taxes
±$877

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Charleston, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Charleston, WV compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

60.8%
Homeownership
2022
65.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 60.8% of the housing units in Charleston, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 19.01
  2. Census Tract 19.02
  3. Census Tract 15

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Charleston, WV was Census Tract 19.01 with a value of $108,547, followed by Census Tract 19.02 and Census Tract 15, with respective values of $99,766 and $93,750.

The following map shows all of the places in Charleston, WV colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$58,902
Median Household Income
± $3,422
21.7k
Number of Households
± 1,118

In 2022, the median household income of the 21.7k households in Charleston, WV grew to $58,902 from the previous year's value of $54,101.

The following chart displays the households in Charleston, WV distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Charleston, WV is from West Virginia.
0.449
2022 Wage GINI in West Virginia
0.447
2021 Wage GINI in West Virginia

In 2022, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.449 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.523% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for West Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in West Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (73.3%)
  2. Carpooled (8.26%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.19%)

In 2022, 73.3% of workers in Charleston, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.26%) and those who worked at home (8.19%).

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Commute Time

18.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Charleston, WV have a shorter commute time (18.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.04% of the workforce in Charleston, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Charleston, WV (7.95k out of 46.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Charleston, WV is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94.8% of the population of Charleston, WV has health coverage, with 43% on employee plans, 22.3% on Medicaid, 15.5% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.48% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Kanawha County, WV see 736 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.272% increase from the previous year (734 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1109 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 444 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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736 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kanawha County, WV

Primary care physicians in Kanawha County, WV see an average of 736 patients per year. This represents a 0.272% increase from the previous year (734 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kanawha County, WV in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.4% under 18 years, 19.9% between 18 and 34 years, 39.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.9% were men and 52.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.21%
Uninsured
43%
Employer Coverage
22.3%
Medicaid
15.5%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
1.48%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Charleston, WV grew by 2.91% from 5.06% to 5.21%.

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