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25%
Income/capita NAT. AVG.
10%
Household income NAT. AVG.
32%
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexCharlestonWest VirginiaNational
Income per capita$37,204$24,002$29,829
Median household income$49,769$42,644$55,322
Median income owner occupied$69,494$51,051$70,586
Median income renter occupied$23,241$24,321$35,192
Median earnings male$35,581$34,780$36,919
Median earnings female$30,248$22,329$26,250
Unemployment rate3.2%4.1%4.7%
Poverty level19.8%17.7%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Charleston is 25% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Charleston is 10% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Charleston is 32% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Charleston is 31% higher than the national average

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      $33,176 $49,769 $99,538
      City
      $28,426 $42,644 $85,288
      State
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Charleston median earnings by income bracket

      Charleston employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry5.0%5.0%
      Manufacturing sector7.7%7.7%
      Financial & insurance services2.9%2.9%
      Wholesale & retail services14.4%14.4%
      Public administration8.7%8.7%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities5.3%5.3%
      Education, health & social services19.4%19.4%
      Other33.4%33.4%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Comfort, WV225$91,81866.0%
      Winfield, WV3,133$69,43225.5%
      Tornado, WV976$68,56623.9%
      Pinch, WV3,538$67,05421.2%
      Racine, WV476$64,86817.3%
      Charleston, WV47,273$49,76910.0%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Glenview, IL47,218$118,019113.3%
      Charlottesville, VA47,217$59,5987.7%
      Beavercreek, OH47,343$94,63271.1%
      Marana, AZ47,164$89,68962.1%
      Roseville, MI47,160$49,42610.7%
      Charleston, WV47,273$49,76910.0%
      Source: The Charleston, WV employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).