Charleston is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Kanawha County. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 53,421, with its urban area having a population of 212,991, and its metropolitan area 309,635. However, the 2008 Census Estimate has Charleston with a population of 50,302, and a 2008 estimated metro area population of 303,944. It is the county seat of Kanawha County.
Early industry important to Charleston included salt and the first natural gas well. Later, coal became central to economic prosperity in the city and the surrounding area. Today, trade, utilities, government, medicine and education play the central role in the city's economy.
Charleston is the home of the West Virginia Power (formerly the Charleston Alley Cats) minor league baseball team, the West Virginia Wild minor league basketball team, and the annual 15-mile (24 km) Charleston Distance Run. Yeager Airport and the University of Charleston are also located in the city.
Charleston is also home to the 130th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard.
The city also contains public parks, such as Cato Park and Coonskin Park, and the Kanawha State Forest, a large public state park that sustains a pool, camping sites, several biking/walking trails, picnic areas, as well as several shelters provided for recreational use.
New Museum for African American Decent
In Charleston, SC a new attraction has been set into progress. The residents are not only proud of the museum, but hope to help stimulate the local economy. An International African American Museum has now been added to the local scenery and hit the “best things to do” list. It is a nonprofit organization and is being backed by numerous private and public agencies. This museum will drive tourist attraction rates sky high and will enable the residents to seek interesting jobs locally.
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