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Charleston, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The City of Charleston had a population of 710 as of July 1, 2017. Charleston ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Tennessee. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Charleston is located at latitude 35.2857 and longitude -84.7608 in Bradley County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charleston (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.02 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Bradley County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 728 feet.

The City of Charleston (GNIS ID: 2404029) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Charleston is located within Commissioner District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Bradley County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Charleston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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

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Charleston, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 710
Daytime Population: Workers 264
Daytime Population: Residents 412
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 676
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.95
Population in Households 710
Population in Familes 604
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 695
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $39,246
Average Household Income $50,134
Per Capita Income $19,149


Total Housing Units 312 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 206 (66.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 67 (21.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 39 (12.5%)
Median Home Value $151,293
Average Home Value $161,585


Total Households 273
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 195
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.2% 1.26%
Households 1.05% 1.15%
Families 2.25% 1.1%
Median Household Income   1.82%
Per Capita Income   2.84%

Charleston, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Charleston to the other 427 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 317 26th
Population Density # 146 66th
Diversity Index # 109 75th
Median Household Income # 224 48th
Per Capita Income # 322 25th

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