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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,182
Male Share of the Population44.5%
Female Share of the Population55.5%
Senior Citizens19.4%
Employed Population 16+6,089
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married43.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.7%
Median Earnings25+$35,518
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,179
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,478

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,855
% Above Poverty Level85.3%
% Below Poverty Level14.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3%
% Using Public Transportation3%

Housing

People Living Alone41.2%
Median Gross Rent$648
Median House Value$111,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.4%
German19.1%
Irish15.1%
English12.7%
Italian4.4%
Scottish2.9%
Dutch1.4%
Polish1.2%
French Except Basque0.9%
Welsh0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Haitian0.5%
Arab0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
African0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
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South Charleston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kanawha County
Standard Zip Codes25303, 25309
Phone Area Codes304
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.36
Approximate Longitude-81.69

South Charleston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHARLESTON YEAGER AP
Distance6.4 miles
Jan Temp24 to 43 F
Apr Temp42 to 67 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 67 F
Annual Precip44 inches
StationMADISON 3 NNW
Distance20.3 miles
Jan Temp22 to 43 F
Apr Temp39 to 69 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp41 to 69 F
Annual Precip47.8 inches
StationHAMLIN
Distance23.4 miles
Jan Temp21 to 44 F
Apr Temp38 to 69 F
Jul Temp62 to 90 F
Oct Temp39 to 71 F
Annual Precip44.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Charleston50,210$65,319
Dunbar7,714$49,257
Jefferson822$25,833
Nitro6,505$61,930
Poca1,019$52,386
St. Albans10,788$62,067

South Charleston Public Libraries

South Charleston Public Library
312 4TH AVENUE
South Charleston, West Virginia
(304) 744-6561

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South Charleston Hospitals

Thomas Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
4605 Maccorkle Ave Sw
(304) 766-3600

South Charleston Public Schools

Montrose Elementary School
631 Montrose Drive
ZIP: 25303
(304) 348-1930
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
South Charleston Middle School
400 Third Avenue
ZIP: 25303
(304) 348-1918
Middle
Total Enrollment 393
Alum Creek Elementary School
Rt 7 Box 279a
ZIP: 25309
(304) 348-1935
Primary
Total Enrollment 195
Bridgeview Elementary School
5100 Ohio Street
ZIP: 25309
(304) 766-0383
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
Richmond Elementary School
4620 Spring Hill Avenue
ZIP: 25309
(304) 766-0357
Primary
Total Enrollment 257
Ruthlawn Elementary School
Rt 8 Box 428
ZIP: 25309
(304) 744-9481
Primary
Total Enrollment 271
South Charleston High School
1 Eagle Way
ZIP: 25309
(304) 766-0352
High
Total Enrollment 974
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