South Charleston, WV

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2022 Population
13,527
0.5% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40.7
7.29% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
20.9%
13.9% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$58,756
6.92% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$146,700
15.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
6,355
0.0472% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, South Charleston, WV had a population of 13.5k people with a median age of 40.7 and a median household income of $58,756. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of South Charleston, WV declined from 13,595 to 13,527, a −0.5% decrease and its median household income grew from $54,954 to $58,756, a 6.92% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in South Charleston, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (82.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (8.78%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.66%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.01%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.362%).

None of the households in South Charleston, WV reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.8% of the residents in South Charleston, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in South Charleston, WV are BridgeValley Community & Technical College (360 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in South Charleston, WV was $146,700, and the homeownership rate was 69.8%.

Most people in South Charleston, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.5 minutes. The average car ownership in South Charleston, WV was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

South Charleston, WV is home to a population of 13.5k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.03% of South Charleston, WV residents were born outside of the country (274 people).

In 2022, there were 9.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.2k people) in South Charleston, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.19k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 765 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.8%
2022 Citizenship
99.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.8% of South Charleston, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in South Charleston, WV was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in South Charleston, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    11.2k ± 509
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.19k ± 404
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    765 ± 352
0.488%
Hispanic Population
66 people

In 2022, there were 9.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.2k people) in South Charleston, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.19k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 765 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

0.488% of the people in South Charleston, WV are hispanic (66 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,064 ± 1,115 people
  2. Germany
    1,923 ± 1,076 people
  3. China
    1,815 ± 1,045 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,064 West Virginia residents, followed by Germany with 1,923 and China with 1,815.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.03%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
274 people
2.23%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
303 people

As of 2022, 2.03% of South Charleston, WV residents (274 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in South Charleston, WV was 2.23%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    167 ± 156
  2. Vietnam
    162 ± 72
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    138 ± 86

South Charleston, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.03 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of South Charleston, WV employs 6.36k people. The largest industries in South Charleston, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,349 people), Retail Trade (889 people), and Finance & Insurance (569 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($92,635), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($82,222), and Construction ($68,235).

Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,743. The income inequality in West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.449, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

6.36k
2022 Value
± 675
−0.0472%
1 Year decline
± 15.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in South Charleston, WV declined at a rate of −0.0472%, from 6.36k employees to 6.36k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in South Charleston, WV, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,036 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (931 people), and Management Occupations (560 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of South Charleston, WV.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

6.36k
2022 Value
± 675
−0.0472%
1 Year decline
± 15.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in South Charleston, WV declined at a rate of −0.0472%, from 6.36k employees to 6.36k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in South Charleston, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,349 people), Retail Trade (889 people), and Finance & Insurance (569 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of South Charleston, WV, though some of these residents may live in South Charleston, WV and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$47,958
Median earning men ± $15,347
$34,075
Median earning women ± $6,676

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($100,972), Wholesale Trade ($93,243), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($85,057).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($49,702), Public Administration ($44,196), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($38,710).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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0.583%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 690k people employed in West Virginia. This represents a 0.583% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 15%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in West Virginia.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in West Virginia went to Donald J. Trump with 68.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (29.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.34%).

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing the state of West Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from West Virginia

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Joe Manchin
Senator from West Virginia1
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Carte Goodwin, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Robert Byrd.
Shelley Moore Capito
Senator from West Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing West Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from West Virginia

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for West Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in South Charleston, WV awarded 360 degrees. The student population of South Charleston, WV in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 684 male students and 950 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in South Charleston, WV are White (321 and 89.2%), followed by Unknown (20 and 5.56%), Black or African American (12 and 3.33%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (3 and 0.833%).

The largest universities in South Charleston, WV by number of degrees awarded are BridgeValley Community & Technical College (360 and 100%).

The most popular majors in South Charleston, WV are Registered Nursing (67 and 18.6%), Chemical Process Technology (21 and 5.83%), and Construction Engineering Technology (18 and 5%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,634 students enrolled in South Charleston, WV, 41.9% men and 58.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,479 records, of which 56.9% were women and 43.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 67 degrees awarded
  2. 18 degrees awarded
  3. 17 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in South Charleston, WV was Registered Nursing with 67 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in South Charleston, WV according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
360 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was BridgeValley Community & Technical College with 360 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 161 men were awarded degrees from institutions in South Charleston, WV, which is 0.809 times less than the 199 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 321 degrees mean that there were 16.1 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 20 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($4,682) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($450) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,468) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.661% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.559% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (549k), Some college (279k), and Secondary Education (210k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in South Charleston, WV was $146,700 in 2022, which is 0.52 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $126,600 to $146,700, a 15.9% increase. The homeownership rate in South Charleston, WV is 69.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in South Charleston, WV have an average commute time of 18.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in South Charleston, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in South Charleston, WV is $58,756. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in South Charleston, WV was Census Tract 21 with a value of $80,488, followed by Census Tract 128 and Census Tract 131, with respective values of $70,893 and $57,754.

Property

$146,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$14,779
$4,198
Median Property Taxes
±$541

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The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in South Charleston, WV compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

69.8%
Homeownership
2022
63.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.8% of the housing units in South Charleston, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 71.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 21
  2. Census Tract 128
  3. Census Tract 131

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in South Charleston, WV was Census Tract 21 with a value of $80,488, followed by Census Tract 128 and Census Tract 131, with respective values of $70,893 and $57,754.

The following map shows all of the places in South Charleston, WV colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$58,756
Median Household Income
± $7,229
6.02k
Number of Households
± 619

In 2022, the median household income of the 6.02k households in South Charleston, WV grew to $58,756 from the previous year's value of $54,954.

The following chart displays the households in South Charleston, WV distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for South Charleston, WV is from West Virginia.
0.449
2022 Wage GINI in West Virginia
0.447
2021 Wage GINI in West Virginia

In 2022, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.449 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.523% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for West Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in West Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.5%)
  2. Carpooled (10.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.53%)

In 2022, 79.5% of workers in South Charleston, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.9%) and those who worked at home (5.53%).

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Commute Time

18.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in South Charleston, WV have a shorter commute time (18.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.32% of the workforce in South Charleston, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in South Charleston, WV distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in South Charleston, WV have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

20.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in South Charleston, WV (2.81k out of 13.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 12 - 14 and then Females 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in South Charleston, WV is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

95.8% of the population of South Charleston, WV has health coverage, with 46.9% on employee plans, 22.6% on Medicaid, 15.8% on Medicare, 8.47% on non-group plans, and 2.08% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Kanawha County, WV see 736 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.272% increase from the previous year (734 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1109 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 444 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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736 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kanawha County, WV

Primary care physicians in Kanawha County, WV see an average of 736 patients per year. This represents a 0.272% increase from the previous year (734 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kanawha County, WV in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.1% under 18 years, 20.3% between 18 and 34 years, 38% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 44.6% were men and 55.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.21%
Uninsured
46.9%
Employer Coverage
22.6%
Medicaid
15.8%
Medicare
8.47%
Non-Group
2.08%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in South Charleston, WV declined by 6.64% from 4.51% to 4.21%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in South Charleston, WV changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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