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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
South Charleston is a town in West Virginia with a population of 12,686. South Charleston is in Kanawha County and is one of the best places to live in West Virginia. Living in South Charleston offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In South Charleston there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in South Charleston and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in South Charleston are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$133,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$674
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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South Charleston Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    267.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    80.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    32.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    420.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,070.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    178
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in South Charleston

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,038
National
$55,322

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South Charleston Reviews

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The drug problem is terrible and has to be fixed as soon as possible. We have children who live with their great grandparents because their parents or their immediate grand parents are unable to take care of them because of their own drug problems: It is a very very beautiful state, and town. The people can be really friendly and amazing neighbors whom help each other every chance they get. The elderly are respected. The schools are ok
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I believe South Charleston, West Virginia is an amazing and wonderful place to live. There are many things such as our fire department, our city workers, and the outstanding people who live here that make this place whole.
South Charleston is a great small town suburb of Charleston, WV. The community feel and the pride that the community shows makes for a very nice place to raise a family and enjoy the area. The town is growing very fast with the expansion of a new large shopping plaza in the works, and a large road expansion project to help with the commute. The City has fantastic municipal services and police presence is great. I feel very safe as a resident in my community.