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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Charles Town is located in West Virginia with a population of 5,885. Charles Town is in Jefferson County and is one of the best places to live in West Virginia. Living in Charles Town offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Charles Town and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Charles Town are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$237,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$965
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Charles Town Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    99
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    33
    40.7
  • Robbery
    33
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    214.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    363
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    33
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Charles Town

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$72,329
National
$55,322

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Charles Town Reviews

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I grew up in Charles Town, it is a nice place to raise children. The downtown has some cute shops but struggles to keep businesses and does not have great night life. The two community parks in Charles Town are great and it is filled with revolutionary and civil war history as denoted by its father, Charles Washington. The historically restored courthouse is beautiful as well as Washington Hall, a building now converted into a little farm to table market. Every Saturday from April to October there is a farmers market downtown with several local vendors and great food! A truly excellent place to grow up.
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Charles Town is a community where it's common to recognize a lot of people at the grocery store. There are many families that have been living here for 2+ generations. There is not ever much traffic, and it's a pretty quiet town. There are all types of neighborhoods, and the population has grown in recent years due to spillover from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.
Most of the activities nearby have something to do with the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Other than that, all there really is to do is go out to eat and maybe go on a hike. I wish there was more to do, because in the summer, doing the same thing every other day can get exhaustively repetitive.
The two high schools in our county have a strong rivalry which makes for fun sporting events and healthy competition between everything.
It's a nice community. Lots of hometown shops. Love the farmers' markets! Lots of community events. Lots of churches. Really small classroom size for kids. Quick response times for emergency services. Hospital in town with its own helicopter. Several banks within walking distance. Plenty of sidewalks to walk on. Several grocery stores to choose from within 10 miles. The town has places for kids to play. It also has several parades each year. It is a community that really centers on family, tradition, and cultural events. The community here is slowly expanding and the school districts are wonderful. It is really a great place to live.