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Welcome to Charleston ...

The city of Charleston is located in Kanawha County<1>. 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<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Charleston has a population of 46,536 people<3> (see below for details).

Charleston was established in 1788.

The community of Charleston is 590 feet [180 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Telephone area codes for Charleston: (304) and (681)<5>

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<6>

Websites for Charleston ...

Official Website: www.cityofcharleston.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Charleston had an population of 46,536 people. This is a decrease of 9.46% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 12.89% since the 2000 Census).

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 total 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).

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

Adding Charleston to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

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

In addition, we also found mention of Charleston elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Charleston on a Rand McNally Map of West Virginia (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Charleston on our Genealogy Page.

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.

Communities near Charleston ...

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

  • Saint Albans [Kanawha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Albans
    • Saint Albans [Kanawha County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the west of Charleston
    • Estimated population in 2019: 9,918 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Albans have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Albans
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Albans<9>
  • Dunbar [Kanawha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dunbar
    • Dunbar [Kanawha County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the west of Charleston
    • Estimated population in 2019: 7,093 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dunbar
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dunbar<9>
  • Nitro [Kanawha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nitro
    • Nitro [Kanawha County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the northwest of Charleston
    • Estimated population in 2019: 6,373 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nitro have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nitro
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nitro<9>
  • Winfield [Putnam County]
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    • Winfield [Putnam County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the northwest of Charleston
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,352 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winfield have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winfield
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winfield<9>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Montgomery [Fayette County]
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      • Montgomery [Fayette County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the southeast of Charleston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,508 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montgomery
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montgomery<9>
    • Chesapeake [Kanawha County]
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      • Chesapeake [Kanawha County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the southeast of Charleston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,414 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chesapeake have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chesapeake
    • Marmet [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marmet
      • Marmet [Kanawha County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the southeast of Charleston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,366 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marmet have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marmet
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marmet<9>
    • Belle [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belle
      • Belle [Kanawha County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the southeast of Charleston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,126 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belle have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belle<9>
    • Clendenin [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clendenin
      • Clendenin [Kanawha County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the northeast of Charleston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,100 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clendenin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clendenin<9>
    • Poca [Putnam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poca
      • Poca [Putnam County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 974 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Poca have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poca
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Poca<9>

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 Charleston. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Charleston.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Charleston.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Charleston. Our list includes 93 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Charleston.

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 ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Charleston: www.cityofcharleston.org/

The official website for Kanawha County: www.kanawha.us/

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 Kanawha, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<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 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.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Charleston.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Charleston - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).
<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 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.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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 for your convenience: 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: 38.3478, Longitude: -81.6282    
<8>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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<9>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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