Charleston, West Virginia

Population 51,153

Charleston is located in Kanawha County, WV. The population is 51,153, making Charleston the largest city in Kanawha County and the largest city in the state of West Virginia.

There are 35 public schools in Charleston with an average Homefacts rating of B. The total crime rate for Charleston is high , and there are 322 registered sex offenders residing in the city. Unemployment in Charleston is moderate and the median home sales price is $0. Detailed and up-to-date Charleston property reports are available for any property address.

Cities near Charleston include South Charleston, Dunbar and Rand.

Charleston Neighborhood Report


School Rating is Very good
  • No High School Diploma: 8.6%
  • High School Graduate or Higher: 52.8%
  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 38.7%

Crime Rate

26.66% Higher than national avg.
  • Auto theft: 181
  • Violent Crimes: 331
  • Robbery: 10
  • Burglary: 593
  • Property Crime: 3
  • Larceny Theft: 2

Registered Offenders

78.49% Higher than national avg.
  • 322 offenders in Charleston
  • 62.95 offenders/10,000 residents

Environmental Hazards

519 Found nearby
  • Brownfields: 6
  • Registered Polluters: 6
  • Superfunds: 42
  • Tanks & Spills: 465


Moderate 4.2%
  • West Virginia unemployment average: 4.3%
  • National unemployment average: 3.7%

Property Values

Median Property Value $0

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35 Public Schools view public schools

There are 35 K-12 public schools in Charleston, WV and 6 private schools. Homefacts rates Charleston's schools as Very good, with an overall B rating.

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Crime view details

322 Registered Offenders search the registered offender database

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*100 is national avg. Greater than 100 means higher crime, lower means less crime.
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18 Building Permits View All

  • In 2014, the city of Charleston, WV issued 18 building permits. All permits issued were for Single Family Homes. All permits issued were for Single Family Homes.
  • In 2013, the city of Charleston, WV issued 26 building permits. All permits issued were for Single Family Homes. All permits issued were for Single Family Homes.
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Fair Market Rents

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  • Property Type Rent
  • Studio: $579
  • 1 Bedroom: $696
  • 2 Bedrooms: $837
  • 3 Bedrooms: $1,087
  • 4 Bedrooms: $1,177

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Environmental Hazards

519 Environmental Hazards

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Health Hazards

  • Air Quality HEALTHY (362/384)
    Charleston, WV has 94.27% good air quality.
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  • Radon ZONE 3 COUNTY
    Charleston, WV is a green zone.
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  • UV Index MODERATE 4.32 Average
    Charleston, WV is a moderate risk area for ultra-violet rays.
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Average Monthly Temperature

  • January 33.82°
  • February 37.32°
  • March 47.45°
  • April 57.88°
  • May 65.59°
  • June 73.79°
  • July 75.84°
  • August 75.5°
  • September 69.02°
  • October 56.8°
  • November 45.6°
  • December 35.45°

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Natural Disasters

Probability of Natural Disasters for Charleston, WV

Charleston, WV has a very low risk of earthquakes.
Charleston, WV has no risk of hurricanes.
Charleston, WV has a high risk of hail storms.
Charleston, WV has a very low risk of tornadoes.

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Median Household Income

Median Household Income in Charleston, WV: $46,720


Unemployment in Charleston is 4.2%. It is moderate in comparison to the state and national averages, 4.3% and 3.7% respectively

Workforce Breakdown

Blue Collar - 28.00%
White Collar - 72.00%


State Representatives

  • Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito
  • Sen. Joe Manchin III

City Representatives

  • Alex Mooney

Neighborhood Info

2 Airports view all

Nearest Major Airports

80 FCC Towers view all

2 Libraries view all