Charleston, West Virginia


Pros

-Cost of living and housing
-Capital city amenities
-Nearby water recreation

Cons

-Heavy industry
-Entertainment
-Isolation

Location

West-central West Virginia along Kanawha River
Profile: Capital city
Elevation: 827
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

What Bert Has To Say About Charleston Metro Area


Charleston is the state capital and government and commercial center of West Virginia. Hydrocarbon resources (coal, oil and gas) and salt and brine deposits led to industrial growth as a center for chemicals and chemical-related industries, which stretch up the Kanawha Valley to the east. There are some modest cultural amenities and a nice performing arts center downtown.

A new riverfront development plan is in the works. Some of the industrial areas are fairly gritty and can hurt air quality at times. White-water rafting on the Gawley and New rivers is the most prominent recreational feature. The economy is cyclical and current figures are fairly weak, but home prices and housing costs are attractive. Crime rates are moderately high, and air-service options are among the weakest in the country among capital cities.

Charleston lies at the junction of the Kanawha and Elk rivers in the western foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The main urban and business areas have developed along the two river valleys, while some residential areas are in nearby valleys and on the surrounding deciduous-wooded hills. The climate is highly variable, particularly from mid-autumn through spring. Winters can vary greatly from one season to the next. Summer and early fall are more consistent, with warm temperatures and hazy humidity and an occasional hot spell.

Summer precipitation falls mainly as thundershowers. Most winters have two or three extended cold spells where temperatures stay below freezing. Snow falls, but only lingers on hilltops. Cool air may get trapped in the valley, creating fog and occasional smog. First freeze is mid-October, last is late April.


Highlights


CITY - Charleston
ZIP CODES - 25314, 25302, ... 6 total
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Quick Facts About Charleston


ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Charleston is 5.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Charleston jobs have Decreased by 0.66 percent.

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Charleston's cost of living is 8.60% Lower than the U.S. average.

POPULATION
As of 2014, Charleston's population is 51,224 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -5.36 percent.

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Charleston is $139,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.50 percent.

SCHOOLS
Charleston public schools spend $12,791 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.2 students per teacher in Charleston.


Charleston Housing Market


It's a good time to buy in Charleston. Home Appreciataion is up 1.5% in the last 12 months. Browse Charleston Real Estate.
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Comments


We love our little city
Charleston has a lot going on for being a small city. Capitol Street has great restaurants and Taylor Books, and Capitol Market is one of the best year-round farmers... (read more)
Reconfirming another poster's views
Good stuff: -nice countryside in the outskirts -quiet and descent homes on the hill if you're a professional -traffic not too bad, except at rush hour and when... (read more)
Charleston WV, a Nice Place to Live
Charleston is the capital city of WV and is a pleasant, reasonably affordable place to live It has many of the advantages of a bigger metropolitan area (good cultural... (read more)
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