Charleston, WV
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Living in Charleston


Charleston is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 47,215 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 89.56% 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 (13.63%), sales jobs (11.13%), and healthcare (9.90%).

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

Many people in Charleston take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Charleston citizens for affordable transportation.

The population of Charleston is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.30% of adults in Charleston have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Charleston in 2010 was $34,217, 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 $136,868 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.