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South Charleston, West Virginia

City of South Charleston
Skyline of City of South Charleston
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
County Kanawha
 • Mayor Frank A. Mullens, Jr. (R)
 • City 8.51 sq mi (22.04 km2)
 • Land 7.61 sq mi (19.71 km2)
 • Water 0.90 sq mi (2.33 km2)
Elevation 604 ft (183 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 13,450
 • Estimate (2014)[3] 13,214
 • Density 1,767.4/sq mi (682.4/km2)
 • Urban 153,199 (US: 214th)
 • Metro 222,878 (US: 198th)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 25303, 25309
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-75292
GNIS feature ID 1555663[4]
Evening on D Street, from the Mound

South Charleston is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States The population was 13,450 at the 2010 census. South Charleston was established in 1906, but not incorporated until 1919 by special charter enacted by the West Virginia Legislature. Its name is based on the city being located primarily on the south side of the Kanawha River, although it is actually northwest, not south, of the city of Charleston.

The city is serviced by Interstate 64, U.S. Route 60, U.S. Route 119, West Virginia Route 601 and West Virginia Route 214, and is bisected by the Kanawha River. The city is serviced by the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority bus system. A general aviation airfield, Mallory Airport, is located off of Chestnut Street, approximately two miles south of U.S. Route 60, with the nearest commercial aviation service being at Yeager Airport in Charleston. South Charleston serves as the headquarters to the West Virginia State Police.


  • Geography 1
    • Climate 1.1
  • Demographics 2
    • 2010 census 2.1
  • Economy 3
  • Education 4
  • Arts and culture 5
  • Notable people 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


South Charleston is located at (38.352455, -81.712001).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.51 square miles (22.04 km2), of which, 7.61 square miles (19.71 km2) is land and 0.90 square miles (2.33 km2) is water.[1]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, South Charleston has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]


The median income for a household in the city was $37,905, and the median income for a family was $50,528. Males had a median income of $39,036 versus $25,978 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,928. About 9.7% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.4% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 13,450 people, 6,283 households, and 3,675 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,767.4 inhabitants per square mile (682.4/km2). There were 6,819 housing units at an average density of 896.1 per square mile (346.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.9% White, 8.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 6,283 households of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the city was 42.3 years. 20.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 29.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.7% male and 54.3% female.


In South Charleston are the headquarters of International Industries, the parent company of a group of subsidiaries founded in 1947 by James H. "Buck" Harless (now its president and CEO), based primarily in natural resources such as coal and timber, but which also include the manufacturing, hotel and real estate industries.[8]


There are six elementary schools in South Charleston: Montrose Elementary, Ruthlawn Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Alum Creek Elementary, Bridgeview Elementary, and Weberwood Elementary. The main middle school is South Charleston Middle School (SCMS), which is located on 3rd Ave. SCMS houses grades 6-8. South Charleston High School (SCHS) is one of eight high schools in Kanawha County. SCHS is located on Eagle Way and houses grades 9-12. There are also two colleges located in the city. A South Charleston campus for BridgeValley Community and Technical College is located at the former Dow Chemical research facility and the Marshall University – South Charleston Campus is a postgraduate-only branch of Marshall University.

Arts and culture

South Charleston attractions include Criel Mound (also known as the South Charleston Adena Burial Mound), and the South Charleston Museum. The South Charleston Museum is located in the historic LaBelle Theater on D Street, and features a West Virginia Film Series, Open Mic Night, exhibitions, and other events.

The city is also home to a community center, an ice arena, Little Creek Park, Timberland Park and Joplin Park.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  5. ^ Climate Summary for South Charleston, West Virginia
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^  
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External links

  • City of South Charleston
  • South Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau
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