St. Charles, Virginia

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St. Charles, Virginia
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Location of St. Charles, Virginia
Location of St. Charles, Virginia
Coordinates: 36°48′14″N 83°3′26″W / 36.80389°N 83.05722°W / 36.80389; -83.05722Coordinates: 36°48′14″N 83°3′26″W / 36.80389°N 83.05722°W / 36.80389; -83.05722
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2)
 • Land0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,522 ft (464 m)
 • Total128
 • Estimate 
 • Density621.47/sq mi (240.14/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)276
FIPS code51-69792[3]
GNIS feature ID1497128[4]

St. Charles is a town in Lee County, Virginia, United States. It is one of three incorporated towns in Lee County. The population was 159 at the 2000 census.


A post office was established as Saint Charles in 1908.[5] The community was named for Charles Bondurant, a coal mining official.[6]


St. Charles is located at 36°48′14″N 83°3′26″W / 36.80389°N 83.05722°W / 36.80389; -83.05722 (36.803858, −83.057208).[7] The town straddles a narrow hollow along Straight Creek (part of the Powell River watershed), just east of the Kentucky-Virginia state line. It is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, including Lone Mountain to the northeast, and Little Black Mountain to the northwest. State Route 352 connects St. Charles to U.S. Route 421 near Pennington Gap to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)110[2]−14.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 159 people, 61 households, and 43 families living in the town. The population density was 962.3 people per square mile (361.1/km2). There were 72 housing units at an average density of 435.8 per square mile (163.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.37% White and 0.63% Asian.

There were 61 households, out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 21.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 30.2% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $14,821, and the median income for a family was $16,875. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $11,786 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,133. About 43.8% of families and 44.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 66.7% of those under the age of eighteen and 56.7% of those 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Lee County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  6. ^ Tennis, Joe (2004). Southwest Virginia Crossroads: An Almanac of Place Names and Places to See. The Overmountain Press. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-57072-256-1.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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