Introduction to South Charleston, West Virginia

South Charleston, West Virginia is 3 miles W of Charleston, West Virginia and 130 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. It is in Kanawha County. The city is part of the Charleston metro area. The population of South Charleston is 13,390.

South Charleston History

The community was established in 1906. However, it was officially incorporated by a special charter enacted by the West Virginia Legislature in 1919. The area is named because of its location towards the south of the Kanawha River.

South Charleston and nearby Attractions

  • Gauley River National Recreation Area
  • Museum in the Community
  • Beech Fork State Park
  • Cultural Center
  • Chief Logan State Park
  • Avampato Discovery Museum

Things To Do In South Charleston

The South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena, the Kanawha State Forest and the Charleston Civic Center are all accessible from South Charleston. Parks in the area include Little Creek Park, Timberland Park and Jefferson Park. Local churches include the South Charleston Christian Church, the Saint Paul United Methodist Church and the Southwest Church of God. The city hosts festivals like Summerfest every August and the Mound Arts and Crafts Festival every September.

South Charleston Transportation

Yeager Airport is the nearest major airport.

South Charleston Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at West Virginia State College, Concord College and Marshall University.


Total Population 13,380
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 20.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,448
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 46.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.1%
Median Earnings25+ $31,062
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,975
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,750


Median Family Income $55,165
% Above Poverty Level 87.7%
% Below Poverty Level 12.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 39.3%
Median Gross Rent $649
Median House Value $104,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
US/American 0%
English 15%
Irish 14.8%

South Charleston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 130 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Kanawha
Metro Area Charleston
Standard Zip Codes 25303, 25309
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.368
Longitude -81.699

South Charleston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 67 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
Distance 20.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 43 F
Apr Temp 39 to 69 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 69 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches
Station HAMLIN
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 44 F
Apr Temp 38 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 90 F
Oct Temp 39 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, South Charleston, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Spring Hill (25309)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Charleston 50,911 $66,261
Dunbar 7,844 $47,813
Jefferson 792 $27,143
Nitro 6,860 $56,098
Poca 1,048 $60,577
St. Albans 10,939 $64,940

South Charleston Public Libraries

South Charleston Public Library
South Charleston, West Virginia
(304) 744-6561

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South Charleston Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(304) 766-3600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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