The Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of five counties in West Virginia, anchored by the city of Charleston. It is the largest metropolitan area in the state of West Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 309,635 (though a July 1, 2007 estimate placed the population at 303,950).
Prior to the 2000 Census, the Charleston MSA consisted of only two counties – Kanawha and Putnam.
The median income for a household in the MSA was $29,222, and the median income for a family was $35,735. Males had a median income of $34,105 versus $20,448 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $16,074.