Charleston, West Virginia metropolitan area

Charleston, West Virginia metropolitan area
Charleston MSA
Map of Charleston Metropolitan Area

Common name: Charleston Metropolitan Area
Largest city Charleston
Other cities  - South Charleston
 - Teays Valley
 - St. Albans
 - Dunbar
Population  Ranked 153rd in the U.S.
 - Total 304,214 (2009 est.)
 - Density N/A /sq. mi. 
N/A /km²
Area N/A sq. mi.
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State(s)  West Virginia
 - Highest point N/A feet (N/A m)
 - Lowest point N/A feet (N/A m)

The Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of five counties in West Virginia, anchored by the city of Charleston. It is the largest metropolitan area in the state of West Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 309,635 (though a July 1, 2009 estimate placed the population at 304,214).[1]

Prior to the 2000 Census, the Charleston MSA consisted of only two counties – Kanawha and Putnam.



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
Putnam West Virginia 55,673 Winfield
Boone West Virginia 24,709 Madison
Lincoln West Virginia 22,147 Hamlin
Clay West Virginia 10,022 Clay

Cities, towns, and other communities

Places with more than 50,000 inhabitants

Places with 5,000 to 15,000 inhabitants

Places with 1,000 to 5,000 inhabitants

Places with less than 1,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated places


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 309,635 people, 129,229 households, and 88,175 families residing within the MSA. 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.



U.S. Highways

Appalachian Corridors

WV State Highways

Colleges and universities


External links

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