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Welcome to Charles Town ...

The city of Charles Town is located in Jefferson County<1> and is the County Seat for Jefferson County.

Charles Town was established in 1786.

When the people of Charles Town<2> refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Charles Towner<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Charles Town has a population of 6,049 people<4> (see below for details).

The community of Charles Town is 530 feet [162 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Charles Town lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Charles Town: (304) & (681)<6>

The ZIP code for Charles Town: 25414<7>

Websites for Charles Town ...

Chamber of Commerce:   www.jeffersoncounty.com/

Although we don't have any websites that are specific to Charles Town, the following might be of interest:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Charles Town had an population of 6,049 people. This is an increase of 15.02% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 108.08% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Charles Town had a population of 5,259 people (which is 9.83% of the total population of Jefferson County). This makes Charles Town the county's most populous community.

The population of Charles Town represents 0.28% of the total population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's 26th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 5,259 people, the population of Charles Town increased 80.91% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 2,907 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Charles Town.

Communities near Charles Town ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Charles Town.

  • Winchester
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
  • Martinsburg
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest)
  • Purcellville
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Brunswick
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
  • Berryville
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Boonsboro
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boonsboro have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boonsboro
    • Boonsboro is located in Washington County (MD)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,655 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Boonsboro
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boonsboro <8>
  • Lovettsville
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the east)
  • Shepherdstown
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shepherdstown have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shepherdstown
    • Shepherdstown is located in Jefferson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,922 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Shepherdstown
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shepherdstown <8>
  • Keedysville
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keedysville have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keedysville
    • Keedysville is located in Washington County (MD)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,220 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Keedysville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Keedysville <8>
  • Bolivar
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bolivar have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bolivar
    • Bolivar is located in Jefferson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,018 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Bolivar

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Charles Town. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Charles Town.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Charles Town. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Charles Town.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Charles Town. Our list includes 7 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Charles Town.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Charles Town ...

Looking for more information about Charles Town? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Charles Town, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Charles Town.

Adding Charles Town to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Charles Town in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Charles Town was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Charles Town.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Charles Town. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffersoncountywv.org/

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of West Virginia's counties, including Jefferson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>It's a common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Charles Town may originally have been Charle's Town. Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Charles Town might be written as Charle Town. For more information, please visit our Genealogy Helper Page for Charles Town.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Charles Town refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Charles Town may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Charles Town.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Charles Town - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).
<7>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Charles Town). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Charles Town or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.









 

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