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Welcome to Charleston ...

The city of Charleston is located in Kanawha County. It is the County Seat and the capital of West Virginia.

When the people of Charleston refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Charlestonian<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Charleston has a population of 47,929 people<2> (see below for details).

Charleston was established in 1788.

The community of Charleston is 590 feet [180 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Area codes for Charleston: (304) and (681)<4>

The ZIP codes for Charleston: 25301-25306, 25309, 25311-25315, 25317, 25320--25339, 25350, 25356-25358, 25360-25362, 25364-25365, 25375, 25387, 25389, 25392, 25396<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Charleston had a population of 51,400 people (or 26.62% of the total population of Kanawha County). This makes Charleston the county's most populous community.

The population of Charleston represents 2.77% of the population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 51,400 people, the population of Charleston decreased 3.78% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 53,421 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Charleston had an population of 47,929 people. This is a decrease of 6.75% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 10.28% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Charleston.

Communities near Charleston ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Charleston and not the distance if you are going to drive.<6>.

Community   2017
Belle   [Map]   1,162   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Cedar Grove   [Map]   940   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Chesapeake   [Map]   1,456   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Clendenin   [Map]   1,142   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Dunbar   [Map]   7,338   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
East Bank   [Map]   904   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]

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

Communities Also Named Charleston ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 44 communities that are also named Charleston - they are located in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky (2), Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Nebraska, Nevada (2), New Brunswick, New Jersey, New York (2), Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio (4), Oklahoma, Ontario (3), Oregon, Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina, Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Utah and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Charleston.

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 Charleston. 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 Charleston. 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 Charleston. Our list includes 93 papers.

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

Websites for Charleston ...

Official Website:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Charleston ...

Looking for more information about Charleston? 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 Charleston, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Charleston.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Charleston:

The official website for Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Charleston 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 Charleston may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Charleston.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Charleston - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).

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<5>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 Charleston). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Charleston or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Charleston includes: 25301, 25302, 25303, 25304, 25305, 25309, 25311, 25312, 25313, 25314, 25317, 25350, 25356, 25357, 25360, 25361, 25364, 25375, 25387, 25389, 25392 & 25396.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Charleston) 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 Charleston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Charleston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Charleston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3492, Longitude: -81.6298     [Map].

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