Charleston is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 48,864 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Charleston is the largest community in West Virginia.
Charleston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Charleston is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charleston who work in office and administrative support (12.74%), sales jobs (10.76%), and healthcare (10.30%).
Also of interest is that Charleston has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Charleston spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.46 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
A lot of people in Charleston take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Charleston, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
Charleston is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.58% of adults in Charleston have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Charleston in 2018 was $37,204, which is wealthy relative to West Virginia, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,816 for a family of four. However, Charleston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Charleston is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Charleston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charleston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Charleston include English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Charleston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Spanish.