Nicknamed Charlie West, Charleston is the state capital for West Virginia and is America’s 39th-most highly populated state capital city.
Charleston is noted for hosting the annual West Virginia Dance Festival on the last week in April, as well as Symphony Sunday usually during the first weekend in June culminating with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra providing a free performance followed by fireworks.
Major employers in Charleston are its joint Navy and Air Force base (36,000 employees), Medical University of South Carolina (12,200), The Boeing Company (8,200), Charleston County School District (5,300), Roper St. Francis Healthcare (5,100), Berkeley County School District (4,200) and Dorchester County School District II (3,500).
West Virginia shipped U$5.045 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value West Virginian exports are coal, gears and gear box components, civilian aircraft and piston engines according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Charleston was 4.9% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Charleston, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Avampato Discovery Museum, Clay Center, Craik-Patton House, Cultural Center, Heritage Towers, Mountain Stage and The Art Emporium
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Charleston, United States:
- Randy Barnes, Olympic shot put gold medalist (born Jun. 16, 1966)
- Brad Bridgewater, Olympic swimming gold medalist (born Mar. 29, 1973)
- James Jett, Olympic relay race gold medalist (born Dec. 28, 1970)
- John Kruk, MLB baseball all-star first baseman (born Feb. 9, 1969)
- Lesli Kay, actress (born Jun. 13, 1965)
- George Crumb, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (born Oct. 24, 1929)
- Jeremy Cummings, Olympic baseball bronze medalist (born Nov. 7, 1976)
- Conchata Ferrell, actress (born Mar. 28, 1943)
- Brian Bowles, MMA fighting champion (born Jun. 22, 1980)
- Ann Magnuson, actress & musician (born Jan. 4, 1956)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Charleston resident: Charlestonian
Population: 49,736 (Charleston city limits)
Density: 1,578 people per square mile (609 per square kilometer)
Population: 217,916 (Charleston metropolitan area)
Density: 242 people per square mile (93 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$13.7 billion as of March 2015 (Charleston metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $62,868
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Charleston: U.S. dollars
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U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 23, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, West Virginia state flag. Accessed on June 23, 2017
Wikipedia, Charleston, West Virginia. Accessed on June 23, 2017
Wikipedia, Charleston, West Virginia metropolitan area. Accessed on June 23, 2017
Wikipedia, Kanawha County, West Virginia. Accessed on June 23, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 23, 2017
Wikipedia, West Virginia. Accessed on June 23, 2017
Within city limits, Charleston occupies 31.52 square miles (81.64 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 49,736 Charlestonians in 2016.
Encompassing Kanawha County in West Virginia, the Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area covers 902 square miles (2,336 square kilometers) of land with a metropolitan area population of 217,916 inhabitants.
At the city level, Charleston’s population density is 1,578 residents per square mile (609 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Charleston metropolitan area to an average 242 inhabitants per square mile (93 per square kilometer).
Charlestonians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.