Charleston is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 46,536 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Charleston is the largest community in West Virginia.
Charleston real estate is some of the most expensive in West Virginia, although Charleston house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Charleston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.27% 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 (13.56%), sales jobs (11.31%), and healthcare (10.19%).
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.
One of the benefits of Charleston is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.69 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 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 citizens of Charleston are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.27% of adults in Charleston have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Charleston in 2018 was $35,412, 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 $141,648 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, English, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Charleston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.