Charleston, West Virginia

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Charleston, West Virginia
Skyline of Charleston, West Virginia
Official seal of Charleston, West Virginia
Nickname(s): "Home of Hospitality", " The most northern city of the South and the most southern city of the North", "Chemical Valley", "The Capitol City" "Chucktown" "Charly West", "God's Love Basket",
Coordinates: 38°20′50″N 81°38′0″W / 38.34722°N 81.633333°W / 38.34722; -81.633333Coordinates: 38°20′50″N 81°38′0″W / 38.34722°N 81.633333°W / 38.34722; -81.633333
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Kanawha
 • Mayor Danny Jones
 • City 32.7 sq mi (84.7 km2)
 • Land 31.6 sq mi (81.9 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
Population (2006 Estimate)
 • City 50,846
 • Density 1,690/sq mi (652.7/km2)
 • Metro 307,763
  Metro 2004 Estimate
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Charleston is the capital city of West Virginia, a state of the United States of America. It is where the Elk and Kanawha Rivers join in Kanawha County. As of the 2000 census, Charleston has 53,421 people living in it, which makes it the largest city in the state. It is the county seat of Kanawha County.

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