South Charleston, West Virginia Population 2021

11,677
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South Charleston is a city located in West Virginia. With a 2020 population of 11,677, it is the 11th largest city in West Virginia and the 2784th largest city in the United States . South Charleston is currently declining at a rate of -1.56% annually and its population has decreased by -13.18% 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 1,480 people per square mile.

The average household income in South Charleston is $71,024 with a poverty rate of 13.97%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $702 per month, and the median house value is $130,700. The median age in South Charleston is 42 years, 38.6 years for males, and 44 years for females.

South Charleston Demographics

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

  • White: 81.96%
  • Black or African American: 8.43%
  • Two or more races: 6.12%
  • Asian: 2.62%
  • Native American: 0.76%
  • Other race: 0.10%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of South Charleston, West Virginia is 11,677 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 12,232.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 13,450.

South Charleston, West Virginia Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White10,22581.96%
Black or African American1,0528.43%
Two or More Races7646.12%
Asian3272.62%
American Indian and Alaska Native950.76%
Some Other Race120.10%
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South Charleston Population by Race

South Charleston Population Pyramid $2021

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South Charleston Median Age

42


Total

38.6


Male

44


Female

South Charleston Adults

There are 9,808 adults, (2,385 of whom are seniors) in South Charleston.

South Charleston Age Dependency

68.1

Age Dependency Ratio

32.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.9

Child Dependency Ratio

South Charleston Sex Ratio

Female

6,666

53.43%

Male

5,809

46.57%

South Charleston Population by Age

South Charleston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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South Charleston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married87.7%12.3%
All70.4%29.6%
Non Family62.1%37.9%
Female55.1%44.9%
Male30.1%69.9%

70.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

South Charleston Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All5,6482.2170.4
Non Family2,3941.1662.1
Married2,2632.987.7
Female8353.1855.1
Male1562.9630.1

2.91

Average Family Size

2.21

Average Household Size

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South Charleston Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1261.40%
9th to 12th Grade2392.66%
High School Graduate2,52328.13%
Some College2,03522.69%
Associates Degree98811.02%
Bachelors Degree1,72619.24%
Graduate Degree1,33214.85%
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South Charleston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

South Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White7,7837,4542,600
Black637618141
Asian245233179
2+ Races13113111
Hispanic12111675
Native American525252
Other Race121212

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

South Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,555$46,464$30,050
Less Than 9th Grade$28,293$30,625$27,695
High School Graduate$27,204$35,305$24,454
Some College$27,283$37,790$23,694
Bachelors Degree$44,194$48,182$43,079
Graduate Degree$64,709$77,188$55,063

$37,555

Average Earnings

$46,464

Average Male

$30,050

Average Female

South Charleston Earnings by Educational Attainment

South Charleston Language by Age

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South Charleston Language

97.24% of South Charleston residents speak only English, while 2.76% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 1.11% of the population.

South Charleston Language

South Charleston Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White9,9761,10011.03%
Multiple76432142.02%
Black1,05127125.78%
Hispanic2874114.29%
Other1212100.00%

13.97%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.35%

Male Poverty Rate

15.39%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in South Charleston

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

The race least likely to be in poverty in South Charleston is White, with 11.03% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.06%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.13%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.61%.

South Charleston Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.14%
High School17.02%
Some College13.01%
Bachelors or Greater2.29%

South Charleston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed32.33%
Female Unemployed17.50%
Female Employed6.97%
Male Employed6.44%

South Charleston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

South Charleston Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,713$71,024
Families$69,971$88,577
Married Families$87,438-
Non Families$32,094$44,482
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Income by Household Type

South Charleston Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.0%

Male Marriage Rate

41.4%

Female Marriage Rate

South Charleston Married by Age and Sex

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South Charleston Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

South Charleston Marital Status by Race

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South Charleston Marital Status

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722

Number of Veterans

682

Male Veterans

40

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam230
Second Gulf War145
First Gulf War117
Korea61
World War II27

South Charleston Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+246
35 to 54140
65 to 74139
55 to 64110
18 to 3487

South Charleston Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6537.70%
Black405.56%
Asian2910.94%

South Charleston Veterans by Race

South Charleston Veterans by Education

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9.56%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.87%

Veteran Disability Rate

South Charleston Veterans by Education

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64.1%

Labor Force Participation

60.9%

Employment Rate

4.8%

Unemployment Rate

South Charleston Employment by Age

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South Charleston Employment by Race

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South 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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76.95%

Born in South Charleston

97.50%

Native Born

2.50%

Foreign Born

0.86%

Non Citizen

1.64%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.50% of South Charleston residents were born in the United States, with 76.95% having been born in West Virginia. 0.86% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

South Charleston Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202111,677-185-1.56%
202011,862-185-1.54%
201912,047-185-1.51%
201812,232-241-1.93%
201712,473-248-1.95%
201612,721-198-1.53%
201512,919-207-1.58%
201413,126-143-1.08%
201313,269-88-0.66%
201213,357-30-0.22%
201113,387-88-0.65%
201013,475850.06%
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%

South Charleston Population by Year