Charleston metropolitan area, West Virginia

The Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of three counties in West Virginia, anchored by the city of Charleston. It is the largest metropolitan area entirely within the state of West Virginia. While the Huntington Metro Area is more populous, it spans three states (West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio), and the core county of the Charleston area, Kanawha County, is more populous than the West Virginia portion of the Huntington area.

Charleston Metropolitan Area
Charleston MSA
Map of Charleston Metropolitan Area
Coordinates: 38°N 82°W / 38°N 82°W / 38; -82
CountryUnited States
State(s)West Virginia
Largest cityCharleston
Other cities
 (2011 est.)
 • Total240,000
 • Rank153rd in the U.S.

Charleston is its largest and most populous city in the MSA. Tornado is its largest census-designated place and Cross Lanes its most populous.[1] As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 309,635 (though new standards set on February 28, 2013 placed the population at 240,000).[2] Prior to the 2000 Census, the Charleston MSA consisted of only two counties – Kanawha and Putnam (the latter of which is now considered part of the Huntington metropolitan area).


The population of the Charleston MSA is ranked 151st out of the 363 MSA's.


In order of population:

County State Population Seat
Kanawha West Virginia 191,663 Charleston
Boone West Virginia 24,709 Madison
Clay West Virginia 10,022 Clay

Cities, towns, and other communitiesEdit

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Unincorporated placesEdit


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 309,635 people, 129,229 households, and 88,175 families residing within the MSA. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000.[4] The racial makeup of the MSA was 93.25% White, 4.66% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.55% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $29,222, and the median income for a family was $35,735. Males had a median income of $34,105 versus $20,448 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $16,074.



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Appalachian CorridorsEdit

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Combined Statistical AreaEdit

The Charleston–Huntington–Ashland, WV–OH–KY Combined Statistical Area consists of the Charleston, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Huntington–Ashland, WV–KY–OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Portsmouth, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area. It spans 12 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. The population was estimated to be 675,000 as of 2013.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  2. ^ "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (CBSA-EST2009-01)". 2009 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2010-03-23. Archived from the original (CSV) on 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Population statistics" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-19.

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Coordinates: 38°20′N 81°35′W / 38.333°N 81.583°W / 38.333; -81.583