Charleston, WV
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Charleston is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 49,138 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Charleston is the largest community in West Virginia.

Charleston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.17% 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 (13.21%), sales jobs (10.18%), and healthcare (9.71%).

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 17.26 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Charleston use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Charleston‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Charleston are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 38.67% of adults in Charleston have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Charleston in 2010 was $34,182, which is wealthy relative to West Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,728 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 German, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

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