Charleston, West Virginia metropolitan area

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Charleston Metropolitan Area
Charleston MSA
Map of Charleston Metropolitan Area
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Country United States
State(s) West Virginia
Largest city Charleston
Other cities
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 240,000
 • Rank 153rd in the U.S.

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 is its largest and most populous city in the MSA. Tornado is its largest census-designated place and Teays Valley 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 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 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[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.



U.S. Highways

Appalachian Corridors

WV State Highways

Colleges and universities


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  2. "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (CBSA-EST2009-01)" (CSV). 2009 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2010-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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