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Charleston, Tennessee - Basic Facts

Charleston is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Charleston.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Bradley County at latitude 35.2873 and longitude -84.7583. Bradley County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 728 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Charleston (see map) encompass a land area of 1.02 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Charleston: Cowpea Capital of the World.

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Also See: Riceville, TN ZIP Codes and ZIP Code Maps

Charleston, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 692
Population in Households 692
Population in Familes 589
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 677
Diversity Index2 32


Total Households 268
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 192
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 304 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 201 (66.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 68 (22.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 36 (11.8%)
Median Home Value $114,151
Average Home Value $131,375


Median Household Income $45,171
Average Household Income $50,637
Per Capita Income $19,480
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.45% 1.35%
Households 1.36% 1.31%
Families 3.48% 1.22%
Median Household Income   2.33%
Per Capita Income   1.11%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Charleston, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Charleston to the other 428 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 319 26th
Population Density1 # 153 64th
Diversity Index2 # 112 74th
Median Household Income # 104 76th
Per Capita Income # 228 47th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Tennessee Census Data Comparison Tool.