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, 2009 estimate placed the population at 304,214).
Prior to the 2000 Census, the Charleston MSA consisted of only two counties – Kanawha and Putnam.
The population of the Charleston MSA is ranked 151st out of the 363 MSA's.
The Charleston-Huntington TV Market is ranked 64th out of 210.
The Charleston MSA is ranked 181st out of the 297 Arbitron radio markets.