Charleston, West Virginia Population 2022

44,628
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Charleston is a city located in Kanawha County West Virginia. Charleston has a 2020 population of 44,628. Charleston is currently declining at a rate of -1.41% annually and its population has decreased by -12.96% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 51,274 in 2010.

The average household income in Charleston is $75,087 with a poverty rate of 19.82%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $751 per month, and the median house value is $156,900. The median age in Charleston is 42 years, 40.3 years for males, and 44.2 years for females.

Charleston Demographics

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

  • White: 78.81%
  • Black or African American: 14.32%
  • Two or more races: 4.02%
  • Asian: 2.39%
  • Native American: 0.30%
  • Other race: 0.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Charleston, West Virginia is 44,628 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 44,628.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 51,274.

Charleston, West Virginia Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2010277,8050.00%
2011276,817-988-0.36%
2012276,704-113-0.04%
2013275,412-1,292-0.47%
2014273,606-1,806-0.66%
2015270,858-2,748-1.01%
2016268,130-2,728-1.02%
2017264,227-3,903-1.48%
2018260,280-3,947-1.52%
2019257,074-3,206-1.25%
2020253,868-3,206-1.26%
2021250,662-3,206-1.28%

Charleston Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White37,25578.81%
Black or African American6,77114.32%
American Indian and Alaska Native1420.30%
Asian1,1322.39%
Some Other Race730.15%
Two or More Races1,9004.02%
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Charleston Population by Race

Charleston Population Pyramid 2022

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Charleston Median Age

42.1


Total

40.1


Male

44.2


Female

Charleston Adults

There are 38,568 adults, (9,177 of whom are seniors) in Charleston.

Charleston Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

31.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Charleston Sex Ratio

Female

24,819

52.50%

Male

22,454

47.50%

Charleston Population by Age

Charleston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Charleston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.5%16.5%
Male63.1%36.9%
All60.6%39.4%
Non Family49.9%50.1%
Female38.8%61.2%

60.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Charleston Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All21,4092.160.6
Married7,4942.8883.5
Male6283.2663.1
Female2,8673.1638.8
Non Family10,4201.1949.9

2.88

Average Family Size

2.1

Average Household Size

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Charleston Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9542.78%
9th to 12th Grade1,8325.34%
High School Graduate8,61125.08%
Some College6,66619.41%
Associates Degree1,9995.82%
Bachelors Degree7,61422.17%
Graduate Degree6,66319.40%
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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
Asian955850763
2+ Races857747424
White28,11826,08412,291
Hispanic302265122
Native American1426225
Black3,9843,559665
Other Race58457

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.77%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 79.90%.

Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,050$41,205$37,890
Less Than 9th Grade$14,541$15,833$13,114
High School Graduate$23,578$22,888$24,943
Some College$31,629$32,798$29,670
Bachelors Degree$46,653$54,760$40,493
Graduate Degree$75,005$100,313$62,192

$40,050

Average Earnings

$41,205

Average Male

$37,890

Average Female

Charleston Earnings by Educational Attainment

Charleston Language by Age

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Charleston Language

95.04% of Charleston residents speak only English, while 4.96% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 1.91% of the population.

Charleston Language

Charleston Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native14210372.54%
Black6,4692,28735.35%
Multiple1,82036520.05%
Hispanic4237818.44%
White35,7166,13917.19%
Asian1,12711410.12%
Other3NaN%

19.82%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.35%

Male Poverty Rate

21.11%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charleston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charleston is Native, with 72.54% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.22%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.62%.

Charleston Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade48.76%
High School24.81%
Some College15.23%
Bachelors or Greater5.40%

Charleston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed7.82%
Male Unemployed29.74%
Female Employed10.07%
Female Unemployed37.72%

Charleston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Charleston Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$49,769$80,595
Families$74,866$110,851
Married Families$104,074$138,366
Non Families$32,221$46,839
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Income by Household Type

Charleston Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.0%

Male Marriage Rate

39.0%

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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2,316

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War345
First Gulf War574
Vietnam704
Korea101
World War II148

Charleston Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34120
35 to 54636
55 to 64408
65 to 74437
75+715

Charleston Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,0736.65%
Black1983.89%
Asian242.48%
2+ Races211.92%
Hispanic71.66%

Charleston Veterans by Race

Charleston Veterans by Education

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13.52%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.97%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charleston Veterans by Education

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57.9%

Labor Force Participation

54.6%

Employment Rate

5.5%

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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71.88%

Born in Charleston

95.86%

Native Born

4.14%

Foreign Born

1.67%

Non Citizen

2.47%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.86% of Charleston residents were born in the United States, with 71.88% having been born in West Virginia. 1.67% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Charleston Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18703,1620.00%
18804,1921,0302.86%
18906,7422,5504.87%
190011,0994,3575.11%
191022,99611,8977.56%
192039,60816,6125.59%
193060,40820,8004.31%
194067,9147,5061.18%
195073,5015,5870.79%
196085,79612,2951.56%
197071,505-14,291-1.81%
198063,968-7,537-1.11%
199057,287-6,681-1.10%
200053,421-3,866-0.70%
201051,274-2,147-0.41%
201150,992-282-0.55%
201250,858-134-0.26%
201350,657-201-0.40%
201450,133-524-1.03%
201549,457-676-1.35%
201648,789-668-1.35%
201748,040-749-1.54%
201847,172-868-1.81%
201946,536-636-1.35%
202045,900-636-1.37%
202145,264-636-1.39%
202244,628-636-1.41%

Charleston Population by Year