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Charleston is a city in Kanawha County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named for the father of Col. George Clendenin, landholder who built a fort here.

The latitude of Charleston is 38.349N. The longitude is -81.632W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 597 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 51,394.


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Median household income
Local
$34,009
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Charleston demographic reports
Charleston is at the junction of the Elk and Kanawha rivers.
Former and merged names include:
· Kanawha Court House
· Fort Lee
· Charles Town
Once a salt-producing center; chemical manufacturing became an important industry in the 1920s.
Public transportation: Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Ranked top home town in the state, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
Well-known residents have included:
· Ann Magnuson, actress
· Tony Brown, TV host and producer
· Daniel Boone, frontiersman
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Sternwheel Regatta - Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2007
  • Ribfest - July 26-29, 2007
  • Kanawha County Fair - Sept. 21-23, 2007
  • Vandalia Gathering - May 25-27, 2007
  • Multifest - Aug. 3-5, 2007
  • West Virginia Book Festival - Oct. 13-14, 2007
  • Charleston Festival - June 21-24, 2007
Dates often change. Check Charleston web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Kanawha State Forest, Coonskin Park
Sports teams: West Virginia Power (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: West Virginia State Museum, Sunrise Museum, South Charleston Indian Burial Mound
Colleges and universities: University of Charleston
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 107

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Charleston demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kanawha County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Charleston area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 25301 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Charleston residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Charleston ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Charleston was $26,017, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

33% of Charleston residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Charleston include Charleston Downtown Historic District, East End Historic District, Edgewood Historic District, Grosscup Road Historic District, Spring Hill Cemetery Historic District, West Virginia Capitol Complex ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Charleston, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $355.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $910.


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Libraries

Libraries in Charleston include Cross Lanes, Elk Valley, Kanawha County, West Virginia Library Commission ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Charleston include Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston Gazette

TV stations in Charleston include WCHS, WLPX, WVAH.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WVPN.

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Politics

Kanawha County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Charleston political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Charleston workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 12 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Charleston between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Charleston, WV

Pros: Charleston is a small city, but is very cultural.

Cons: There is only one Indian restaurant.

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