Charleston is a somewhat small city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 5,815 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Charleston is the 117th largest community in Missouri.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Charleston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Charleston is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charleston who work in office and administrative support (17.02%), maintenance occupations (13.64%), and management occupations (10.20%).
One of the benefits of Charleston is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.34 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Charleston is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The rate of college-level education in Charleston is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.55% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Charleston in 2010 was $15,228, which is low income relative to Missouri and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,912 for a family of four. However, Charleston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Charleston also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.02% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Charleston is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Charleston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charleston residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Charleston include Irish, English, European, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Charleston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.