South Charleston, West Virginia

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South Charleston is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, U.S. The population was 13,390 at the 2000 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 west, 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, and is also served by Yeager Airport in Charleston. South Charleston serves as the headquarters to the West Virginia State Police.

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Geography

South Charleston is located at 38°21′9″N 81°42′43″W / 38.3525°N 81.71194°W / 38.3525; -81.71194 (38.352455, -81.712001).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21.5 km²), of which, 7.4 square miles (19.2 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (10.60%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,390 people, 6,316 households, and 3,764 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,803.0 people per square mile (695.8/km²). There were 6,770 housing units at an average density of 911.6/sq mi (351.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.85% White, 6.67% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

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