Charleston, West Virginia Population 2024

45,616

Charleston is a city located in Kanawha County West Virginia. Charleston has a 2024 population of 45,616. Charleston is currently declining at a rate of -1.63% annually and its population has decreased by -6.22% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 48,642 in 2020.

The average household income in Charleston is $96,887 with a poverty rate of 17.04%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Charleston is 42.2 years, 41 years for males, and 43.8 years for females.

Charleston Demographics

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

  • White: 77.76%
  • Black or African American: 12.92%
  • Two or more races: 6.44%
  • Asian: 2.52%
  • Native American: 0.16%
  • Other race: 0.14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
Land Area (mi²)
31.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,452.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-6.22% (-3,026)
The current population of Charleston, West Virginia is 45,616 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 48,642.

Charleston, West Virginia Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White37,64777.76%
Black or African American6,25712.92%
Two or more races3,1166.44%
Asian1,2212.52%
Native American770.16%
Other race670.14%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander300.06%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Native American

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Charleston Population by Race

Charleston Population Pyramid 2024

Charleston Median Age

42.2

Total

41

Male

43.8

Female

Charleston Adults

There are 39,577 adults, (9,735 of whom are seniors) in Charleston.

Charleston Age Dependency

62.2

Age Dependency Ratio

32.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Charleston Sex Ratio

Female24,55350.71%
Male23,86249.29%

Charleston Population by Age

Charleston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All21,7462.1260.839.2
Non Family10,1471.1649.650.4
Married8,1272.9280.519.5
Female2,6393.0240.959.1
Male8333.268.131.9

2.89

Average Family Size

2.12

Average Household Size

60.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Charleston Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9032.54%
9th to 12th Grade1,8875.32%
High School Graduate8,54824.08%
Some College6,78519.11%
Associates Degree2,0385.74%
Bachelors Degree7,86822.16%
Graduate Degree7,47221.05%

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

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White28,86326,80613,286
Black3,9393,510548
2+ Races1,3611,209560
Asian1,039970866
Hispanic357295134
Native American773711
Other Race36200
Islander30300

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 83.35%.

Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$43,704$45,469$42,224
Less Than 9th Grade$14,516$17,440$13,676
High School Graduate$27,831$28,981$26,129
Some College$32,899$32,951$32,642
Bachelors Degree$51,930$56,233$48,903
Graduate Degree$86,519$116,008$70,477

$43,704

Average Earnings

$45,469

Average Male

$42,224

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

95.14% of Charleston residents speak only English, while 4.86% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 1.9% of the population.

Charleston Language

Charleston Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White36,0895,49215.22%
Black5,9211,49925.32%
Multiple2,99878626.22%
Hispanic6527211.04%
Asian1,195433.6%
Other664060.61%
Native773849.35%
Islander3030100%

17.04%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.17%

Male Poverty Rate

16.91%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charleston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charleston is Islander, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Charleston is Asian, with 3.6% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.55%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.48%.

Charleston Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade49.54%
High School27.43%
Some College16.52%
Bachelors or Greater3.08%

Charleston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed36.36%
Male Unemployed28.75%
Male Employed5.9%
Female Employed5.43%

Charleston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Charleston Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$58,902$96,887
Families$87,108$130,241
Married Families$105,593$157,807
Non Families$35,221$57,085

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Charleston Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.7%

Male Marriage Rate

40.9%

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

2,002

Number of Veterans

1,938

Male Veterans

64

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam741
First Gulf War507
Second Gulf War371
Korea102
World War II20

Charleston Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 74542
35 to 54489
75+462
55 to 64418
18 to 3491

Charleston Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1,7235.46%
Black2535.2%
Asian161.49%
Hispanic152.5%
2+ Races100.56%

Charleston Veterans by Race

Charleston Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

20.03%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.35%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charleston Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

57%

Labor Force Participation

53.3%

Employment Rate

5.8%

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

70.78%

Born in Charleston

95.63%

Native Born

4.37%

Foreign Born

1.73%

Non Citizen

2.64%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.63% of Charleston residents were born in the United States, with 70.78% having been born in West Virginia. 1.73% 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: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202941,833-757-1.78%
202842,590-756-1.74%
202743,346-757-1.72%
202644,103-756-1.69%
202544,859-757-1.66%
202445,616-756-1.63%
202346,372-757-1.61%
202247,129-799-1.67%
202147,928-714-1.47%
202048,6422,0944.5%
201946,548-586-1.24%
201847,134-883-1.84%
201748,017-764-1.57%
201648,781-643-1.3%
201549,424-674-1.35%
201450,098-521-1.03%
201350,619-193-0.38%
201250,812-127-0.25%
201150,939-276-0.54%
201051,215-2,206-4.13%
200053,421-3,866-6.75%
199057,287-6,681-10.44%
198063,968-7,537-10.54%
197071,505-14,291-16.66%
196085,79612,29516.73%
195073,5015,5878.23%
194067,9147,50612.43%
193060,40820,80052.51%
192039,60816,61272.24%
191022,99611,897107.19%
190011,0994,35764.62%
18906,7422,55060.83%
18804,1921,03032.57%
18703,16200%
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Charleston Population by Year