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Charleston, WV

Charleston leans conservative and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
48,734
Charleston Population7
$
43,058
Median Income6
5.7
%
Unemployment Rate20
 

City Score

 

Population

Unlike most cities in the United States where the median age increased by an average of 1.0 years since 2010, the median age of Charleston decreased by 1.3 years with the fastest growing segment being 20- to 24-year olds which grew by 27%

Age

41.7
Median Age7
-5.2
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Charleston residents are mostly white; however, the city is becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 10.7% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 41.4%

Race

92.1
%
West Virginia Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Charleston has comfortable summers and very frequent rain. There is at least some rain 151 days per year with 44 inches of annual rainfall

Weather

41
%
Chance of Rain12
45
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature39

 

Housing

The average home value in Charleston decreased by 1% since 2010 which is 44% lower than the national average and 22% lower than the state average

Rent

$
850
Monthly Average13
45
%
Renters40

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Charleston is an average tax location with sales tax near the national average and property tax 47% lower than the national average, but income tax 38% higher than the national average.

Other

0.59
%
Property Tax24
7.0
%
Sales Tax22
1.66
%
Vehicle Tax24

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)41

 

Employment

Charleston has an average employment rate of 94% which is 1% higher than the national average. The largest employers are CAMC Health System and AMFM

Income

24.1
%
<$25,0006
15.1
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry20

 

Politics

Charleston leans conservative and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results43

Representatives

Mayor31 Amy Goodwin
Democratic
House of Representative31 Alexander Mooney
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Selby General Hospital, is 75.9 miles from the center of Charleston, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center, is 42.4 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, West Virginia University Hospitals, is 125.3 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical32 Yes
Decriminalized32 No
 

Safety

In West Virginia, 60.0% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, but gun ownership has increased since 2000 when 54.1% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks33
No
Permit to Purchase Law33

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#75 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub34
#27 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades35
 

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