South Charleston, West Virginia Population 2020

11,740

South Charleston is a city located in West Virginia. With a 2020 population of 11,740, it is the 11th largest city in West Virginia and the 2762nd largest city in the United States. South Charleston is currently declining at a rate of -2.09% annually and its population has decreased by -12.71% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 13,450 in 2010. South Charleston reached it's highest population of 19,180 in 1960. Spanning over 9 miles, South Charleston has a population density of 1,488 people per square mile.

The average household income in South Charleston is $67,582 with a poverty rate of 14.71%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $674 per month, and the median house value is $133,100. The median age in South Charleston is 42.1 years, 39.9 years for males, and 43.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 81.4 males.

South Charleston Demographics

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

  • White: 82.61%
  • Black or African American: 7.64%
  • Two or more races: 7.56%
  • Asian: 1.81%
  • Native American: 0.26%
  • Other race: 0.12%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of South Charleston, West Virginia is 11,740, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 12,240.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 13,450.

South Charleston, West Virginia Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White10,48082.61%
Black or African American9697.64%
Two or More Races9597.56%
Asian2301.81%
American Indian and Alaska Native330.26%
Some Other Race150.12%

South Charleston Population Pyramid 2020

South Charleston Median Age

42.1


Total

39.9


Male

43.7


Female

South Charleston Adults

There are 9,968 adults, (2,504 of whom are seniors) in South Charleston.

South Charleston Age Dependency

70

Age Dependency Ratio

33.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.4

Child Dependency Ratio

South Charleston Sex Ratio

Female

6,993

55.12%

Male

5,693

44.88%

South Charleston Households and Families

South Charleston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

South Charleston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married86.4%13.6%
All70.4%29.6%
Non Family61.7%38.3%
Female50%50%
Male21.3%78.7%

70.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All5,6622.2470.4
Married2,4692.9986.4
Non Family2,4121.1961.7
Female6923.0750
Male893.1221.3

2.97

Average Family Size

2.24

Average Household Size

4.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

South Charleston Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1061.17%
9th to 12th Grade4855.34%
High School Graduate2,65129.21%
Some College1,94621.44%
Associates Degree7988.79%
Bachelors Degree1,69418.67%
Graduate Degree1,39515.37%

South Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White8,0267,5312,749
Black42140376
Multiple Races31827490
Asian179170125
Hispanic989649
Native American3310
Other Race151515

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 100.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,982$43,438$30,342
Less Than High School$26,090$28,125$25,050
High School Grad$23,049$24,719$21,979
Some College$29,574$37,982$23,347
Bachelors Degree$43,583$50,281$41,071
Graduate Degree$62,852$80,882$51,354

$35,982

Average Earnings

$43,438

Average Male

$30,342

Average Female

South Charleston Language

South Charleston Language by Age

South Charleston Language

96.99% of South Charleston residents speak only English, while 3.01% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 0.92% of the population.

South Charleston Poverty

South Charleston Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White10,2301,09910.74%
Black95946548.49%
Multiple95922623.57%
Hispanic3038829.04%
Native3333100.00%
Other1515100.00%

14.71%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.63%

Male Poverty Rate

16.41%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in South Charleston

The race most likely to be in poverty in South Charleston is Native, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in South Charleston is White, with 10.74% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.31%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.38%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School24.62%
High School17.49%
Some College10.28%
Bachelors or Greater4.05%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed24.53%
Female Unemployed19.66%
Male Employed8.51%
Female Employed6.10%

South Charleston Income

South Charleston Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$52,038$67,582
Families$68,872$84,562
Married Families$79,563-
Non Families$31,213$43,989

South Charleston Marital Status

South Charleston Marital Status

Marriage Rates

48.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

56.3%

Male Marriage Rate

42.8%

Female Marriage Rate

South Charleston Married by Age and Sex

South 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.

South Charleston Marital Status by Race

South Charleston Veterans

759

Number of Veterans

729

Male Veterans

30

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam262
Second Gulf War163
First Gulf War94
Korea66
World War II39
Age Group Veterans
75+258
65 to 74148
35 to 54143
55 to 64133
18 to 3477
Name Veterans % of Total
White6977.92%
Asian2412.12%
Black245.05%
2 or More143.17%

$South Charleston Veterans by Education

9.09%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.99%

Veteran Disability Rate

South Charleston Employment Status

61.4%

Labor Force Participation

58.2%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

South Charleston Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

75.75%

Born in West Virginia

97.46%

Native Born

2.54%

Foreign Born

0.61%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

97.46% of South Charleston residents were born in the United States, with 75.75% having been born in West Virginia. 0.61% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202011,740-250-2.09%
201911,990-250-2.04%
201812,240-233-1.87%
201712,473-250-1.96%
201612,723-202-1.56%
201512,925-207-1.58%
201413,132-142-1.07%
201313,274-86-0.64%
201213,360-27-0.20%
201113,387-90-0.67%
201013,477870.06%
200013,390-255-0.19%
199013,645-2,323-1.56%
198015,968-365-0.23%
197016,333-2,847-1.59%
196019,1802,4941.40%
195016,6866,3094.86%
194010,3774,4735.80%
19305,9042,2544.93%
19203,6502,6506.69%
19001,0000.00%