Charleston is the state capital of West Virginia and is located where the Elk and Kanawha rivers meet. The city serves as a hub for government, commerce, industry and media in the state, and medicine, education, trade, utilities and government all contribute to Charleston’s economy.
The area was first settled at Ft. Lee in 1791 by the Kanawha County Assembly of which Daniel Boone was a member. Today the city is home to the University of Charleston and McLaughlin Air National Guard Base of the West Virginia Air National Guard. Charleston also features a variety of parks and green spaces and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
There were 51,018 residents living in Charleston as the of the 2012 U.S. Census, and with a cost of living index about 13 percent below the national average, it’s an affordable place to call home.
Attractions and Activities in Charleston
Charleston is home to beautiful parks and outdoor spaces such as Cato and Coonskin parks as well as the Kanawha State Forest, which is a state park featuring a swimming pool, camping sites, biking and walking trails and picnic areas so you can enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer.
Learn about the history and government of the area with a visit to the West Virginia State Capitol that houses the legislature and the governor’s office. The building was dedicated in 1932 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. You can take a guided tour Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to see the country’s largest capitol dome covered in 23-karat gold leaf. The complex is also home to the Culture Center, the Holly Grove Mansion and the Governor’s Mansion.
Moving to Charleston
Charleston is located at the junction of Interstates 64, 77 and 79, so driving into the city is easy. You can also fly into Yeager Airport, which is less than 5 miles away on the outskirts of town. If you opt for a flight, North American Van Lines can save you the extra trip and transport your vehicle for you.
North American understands that relocation is exciting yet stressful, so we’re here to make the move as easy as possible. North American has operations in more than 40 countries with 500 agents in North American and an additional 380 internationally.
This Charleston moving company can take care of the heavy lifting with full-service or fragile-only packing if you don’t have time to box all your goods up. Or if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you can use their self-pack materials. Keep track of your belongings with box and furniture inventory and high-value shipping, and once you arrive North American will help you unpack and clean up afterward.