Charleston, WV

Charleston profile

Living in Charleston

Charleston is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 48,864 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Charleston is the largest community in West Virginia.

Charleston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Charleston is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charleston who work in office and administrative support (12.74%), sales jobs (10.76%), and healthcare (10.30%).

Also of interest is that Charleston has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Charleston spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.46 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Charleston has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Charleston has quite a high level of public transit users. Charleston’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The education level of Charleston ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Charleston, 41.58% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Charleston in 2018 was $37,204, which is wealthy relative to West Virginia, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,816 for a family of four. However, Charleston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Charleston is a very 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Charleston include English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Charleston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Spanish.