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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
Charleston is a town in West Virginia with a population of 49,384. Charleston is in Kanawha County. Living in Charleston offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Charleston there are a lot of bars and parks. Many young professionals live in Charleston and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Charleston are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$149,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$701
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Charleston Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    469.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    21.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    105.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    101.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,390.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,101.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    518.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Charleston

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,797
National
$55,322
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Charleston Reviews

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Charleston is a very great place to live! With the amount of things you can do here is remarkable for a vacation, a time to unwind, or simply just for a day out. We have many parks and centers you can visit such as New River Gorge, Harper's Ferry, Blackwater Falls, and Seneca Rocks are just a few! There is also a wonderful downtown area in Charleston that is great to walk around with friends throughout the day to grab a quick bite for lunch, or to enjoy during the night time in the summers where many events take place (Live at the Levee, Art Walk, FestivALL).
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Living in the Historic East End of Charleston has provided us with some amazing artistic opportunities. The Clay Center allows for numerous art showcases and chances for our young son to experience events that not only stimulate his mind, but also his creativity. Our neighborhood is safe and affordable, with many other young families. For entertainment, we are only blocks away from the beautiful cobble streets of downtown, and the other end of town is our glorious state capitol. We are blessed to live in such a vibrant, engaging, and social community. Charleston is on the move upwards and is a definite place to visit, play, and stay!
Charleston is a small, big city! There are plenty of free things to do if you know where to search. Check out the West Virginia State Museum while taking in the beauty of our state capital. Art Walk, which takes place every third Thursday of each month, features free drinks and a chance to view locally created masterpieces! There are many mom and pop shops downtown such as Taylor Books, Ellens, Stray Dog Antiques, and more. All of these places have great atmosphere, and they have bulletins posted everywhere with upcoming events.