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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Housing
    B
  3. Nightlife
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    B-
  5. Diversity
    B-
  6. Jobs
    C+
  7. Weather
    B-
  8. Cost of Living
    A-
  9. Health & Fitness
    B+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  11. Commute
    A-
Kanawha County is located in West Virginia with a population of 185,710. In Kanawha County, most residents own their homes. In Kanawha County there are a lot of bars and coffee shops. Many young professionals and retirees live in Kanawha County and residents tend to be conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$112,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$735
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Kanawha County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    616.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    83.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    111.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,004.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,762
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    601.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Kanawha County

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,426
National
$55,322

Kanawha County Reviews

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Charleston is a nice, friendly town but it’s more of a retirement state. There isn’t much activity for the youth generation to do, we struggle with finding entertainment. Our mall is going out of business, and you have to have a vehicle to travel to various parts of Charleston. Unless you use public transportation and it takes thirty minutes or every hour to get to a destination. Our colleges are great but my best advice is to do your graduate schooling in a bigger state so you won’t get stuck in West Virginia. I call it a “trap state” because you’re liable to stay around longer than you need too.
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The area that I live is not a bad part of town! It's very peaceful and there is a lot of wildlife and outdoor space. The town itself I feel lacks many activities odor children and teens. The town is kind of boring and doesn't offer very many fun things to do such as bigger city's do. I feel this town could improve on things for our youth to do such and an amusement park or some other fun activities! Our city also lacks road maintenance, for example my road has not had any attention for nearly 7 years. We are a state road and our road is always left out like many backroads. We have tried to contact local state road crews but nothing has been done to our road. Our town does need some improvements but it isn't all bad!
There are quite a few of restaurants with a wide variety. From seafood to mexian to chineese there is always a place to suit everyone's taste. There are many local small restaruants that offers that great home cooked meal. One of the most popular dishes in the area would have to be fried chicken and a spoonful of potatoe salad!