Charleston, Missouri Population 2021

5,318
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Charleston is a city located in Mississippi County Missouri. It is also the county seat of Mississippi County. With a 2020 population of 5,318, it is the 127th largest city in Missouri and the 4601st largest city in the United States . Charleston is currently declining at a rate of -1.39% annually and its population has decreased by -10.58% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,947 in 2010. Spanning over 5 miles, Charleston has a population density of 1,109 people per square mile.

The average household income in Charleston is $51,894 with a poverty rate of 31.95%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $640 per month, and the median house value is $72,400. The median age in Charleston is 39.3 years, 37.3 years for males, and 44.5 years for females.

Charleston Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Charlestonwas:

  • Black or African American: 54.72%
  • White: 42.25%
  • Two or more races: 1.50%
  • Native American: 1.43%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
  • Asian: 0.00%
  • Other race: 0.00%
The current population of Charleston, Missouri is 5,318 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 5,318.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 5,947.

Charleston, Missouri Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American3,07254.72%
White2,37242.25%
Two or More Races841.50%
American Indian and Alaska Native801.43%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander60.11%
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Charleston Population by Race

Charleston Population Pyramid $2021

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Charleston Median Age

39.3


Total

37.3


Male

44.5


Female

Charleston Adults

There are 4,630 adults, (838 of whom are seniors) in Charleston.

Charleston Age Dependency

48

Age Dependency Ratio

22.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Charleston Sex Ratio

Female

2,037

36.28%

Male

3,577

63.72%

Charleston Population by Age

Charleston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Charleston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female27.9%72.1%
Male37.3%62.7%
All54.1%45.9%
Married62.9%37.1%
Non Family67.2%32.8%

54.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Charleston Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All1,6832.3554.1
Married7302.9462.9
Non Family4391.1767.2
Female3802.7727.9
Male1341.8437.3

2.63

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

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Charleston Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3408.09%
9th to 12th Grade49911.88%
High School Graduate1,90345.30%
Some College82319.59%
Associates Degree1523.62%
Bachelors Degree3027.19%
Graduate Degree1824.33%
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Charleston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black2,1201,61492
White1,8871,573392
Hispanic9387
Native American7354
2+ Races5959
Islander66

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 20.77%.

Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,777$25,000$28,587
Less Than 9th Grade$5,802$5,597$
High School Graduate$21,154$25,000$16,384
Some College$31,196$40,051$31,033
Bachelors Degree$50,662$44,871$51,875
Graduate Degree$50,333$$47,262

$27,777

Average Earnings

$25,000

Average Male

$28,587

Average Female

Charleston Earnings by Educational Attainment

Charleston Language by Age

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Charleston Language

99.45% of Charleston residents speak only English, while 0.55% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 0.33% of the population.

Charleston Language

Charleston Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black2,2561,04146.14%
White1,62117410.73%
Hispanic1077671.03%

31.95%

Overall Poverty Rate

34.82%

Male Poverty Rate

29.12%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charleston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charleston is Hispanic, with 71.03% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Charleston is White, with 10.73% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 17.58%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.29%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 41.97%.

Charleston Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade41.28%
High School36.44%
Some College15.32%
Bachelors or Greater1.94%

Charleston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed88.24%
Male Unemployed70.44%
Male Employed19.50%
Female Employed18.04%

Charleston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Charleston Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$30,573$51,894
Families$31,389$54,416
Married Families$47,632-
Non Families$23,693$40,601
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Income by Household Type

Charleston Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

34.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

26.5%

Male Marriage Rate

47.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Charleston Married by Age and Sex

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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 55-64.

Charleston Marital Status by Race

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Charleston Marital Status

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319

Number of Veterans

291

Male Veterans

28

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War70
Vietnam65
First Gulf War45
Korea34
World War II

Charleston Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 5492
18 to 3481
55 to 6457
65 to 7455
75+34

Charleston Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1687.91%
Black1516.41%

Charleston Veterans by Race

Charleston Veterans by Education

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4.52%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.25%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charleston Veterans by Education

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39.9%

Labor Force Participation

34%

Employment Rate

14.7%

Unemployment Rate

Charleston Employment by Age

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Charleston Employment by Race

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Charleston Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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75.49%

Born in Charleston

99.57%

Native Born

0.43%

Foreign Born

0.21%

Non Citizen

0.21%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.57% of Charleston residents were born in the United States, with 75.49% having been born in Missouri. 0.21% 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: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20215,318-75-1.39%
20205,393-75-1.37%
20195,468-75-1.35%
20185,543-96-1.70%
20175,639-57-1.00%
20165,696-84-1.45%
20155,780-99-1.68%
20145,879130.22%
20135,866-26-0.44%
20125,892200.34%
20115,872-31-0.53%
20105,9031,1712.24%
20004,732-353-0.72%
19905,085-145-0.28%
19805,230990.19%
19705,131-780-1.41%
19605,9114100.72%
19505,5013190.60%
19405,1821,8254.44%
19303,357-53-0.16%
19203,4102660.82%
19103,1440.00%

Charleston Population by Year