Charleston, Missouri Population 2023

4,789

Charleston is a city located in Mississippi County Missouri. It is also the county seat of Mississippi County. With a 2023 population of 4,789, it is the 149th largest city in Missouri and the 6811th largest city in the United States.Charleston is currently declining at a rate of -1.82% annually and its population has decreased by -12.58% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,478 in 2020. Spanning over 5 miles, Charleston has a population density of 999 people per square mile.

The average household income in Charleston is $51,894 with a poverty rate of 25.93%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Charleston is 38.1 years, 37 years for males, and 42 years for females.

Charleston Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Charleston was:

  • Black or African American: 57.39%
  • White: 39.65%
  • Two or more races: 1.50%
  • Native American: 1.35%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
  • Asian: 0.00%
  • Other race: 0.00%
The current population of Charleston, Missouri is 4,789 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 5,478.

Charleston, Missouri Population 2023

Population by Race

Black or African American

White

Two or more races

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Asian

Other race

Charleston Population by Race

Charleston Population Pyramid 2023

Charleston Median Age

38.1

Total

37

Male

42

Female

Charleston Adults

There are 4,444 adults, (784 of whom are seniors) in Charleston.

Charleston Age Dependency

49.7

Age Dependency Ratio

21.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Charleston Sex Ratio

Female2,07937.95%
Male3,39962.05%

Charleston Population by Age

Charleston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

2.85

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

54.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Charleston Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Charleston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 14.21%.

Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$26,906

Average Earnings

$21,036

Average Male

$28,814

Average Female

Charleston Earnings by Educational Attainment

Charleston Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Charleston Language

99.25% of Charleston residents speak only English, while 0.75% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 0.45% of the population.

Charleston Language

Charleston Poverty by Race

rate

25.93%

Overall Poverty Rate

31.28%

Male Poverty Rate

31.29%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charleston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charleston is Black, with 39.72% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Charleston is White, with 8.27% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.06%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 51.31%.

Charleston Poverty

Charleston Poverty Rate by Education

Charleston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Charleston Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Charleston Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

32.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

28.2%

Male Marriage Rate

38.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Charleston Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Charleston Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Charleston Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Charleston Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

250

Number of Veterans

201

Male Veterans

49

Female Veterans

Charleston Veterans by War

Charleston Veterans by Age

count

Charleston Veterans by Race

Charleston Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5.26%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charleston Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

35.7%

Labor Force Participation

31.3%

Employment Rate

12.4%

Unemployment Rate

Charleston Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Charleston Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Charleston Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

82.36%

Born in Charleston

107.54%

Native Born

0.81%

Foreign Born

0.36%

Non Citizen

0.45%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

107.54% of Charleston residents were born in the United States, with 82.36% having been born in Missouri. 0.36% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Charleston Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Charleston Population by Year