The Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area
, as defined by the United States Census Bureau
, is an area consisting of three counties in West Virginia
, anchored by the city of Charleston
. It is the largest metropolitan area entirely within the state of West Virginia. While the Huntington Metro Area
is more populous, it spans three states (West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio), and the core county of the Charleston area, Kanawha County
, is more populous than the West Virginia portion of the Huntington area.
Charleston is its largest and most populous city in the MSA. Tornado
is its largest census-designated place
and Cross Lanes
its most populous. As of the 2000 census
, the MSA had a population of 309,635 (though new standards set on February 28, 2013 placed the population at 240,000). Prior to the 2000 Census, the Charleston MSA consisted of only two counties – Kanawha and Putnam (the latter of which is now considered part of the Huntington metropolitan area). Read more...