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Welcome to Charles Town ...

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

When the people of Charles Town<1> refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Charles Towner<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Charles Town has a population of 5,957 people<3> (see below for details).

Charles Town was established in 1786.

The community of Charles Town is 530 feet [162 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Area codes for Charles Town: (304) & (681)<5>

The ZIP code for Charles Town: 25414<6>

Population Details ...

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).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Charles Town had an population of 5,957 people. This is an increase of 13.27% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 104.92% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Charles Town ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Charles Town and not the distance as if you drove.<7>.

Community   2017
Population
DirDistance
Boonsboro (MD)   [Map]   3,553   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Brunswick (MD)   [Map]   6,266   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
Keedysville (MD)   [Map]   1,174   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Berryville (VA)   [Map]   4,338   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]   2,054   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
Purcellville (VA)   [Map]   9,771   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Charles Town.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Charles Town. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Charles Town. Our list includes 7 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Charles Town:

Websites for Charles Town ...

Chamber of Commerce:   www.jeffersoncounty.com/

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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Jefferson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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>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.

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<2>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.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Charles Town.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Charles Town - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).

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<6>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).

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<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Charles Town) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Charles Town. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Charles Town

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Charles Town. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2891, Longitude: -77.8599     [Map].

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