Chariton is a city in, and the county seat of, Lucas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 4,321 at the 2010 census. Lucas is the primary distribution center for and the former corporate headquarters of the Hy-Vee supermarket chain.
Chariton was platted in 1850. Chariton was the name of a French trader.
Designed by local architect William L. Perkins and listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its role in the development of Chariton as a county seat, the Hotel Charitone is listed by the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance as one of the most endangered sites in Iowa. The hotel is currently undergoing restoration with the majority of the hotel being converted into apartments.
Chariton's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 41.016033, −93.307610.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.82 square miles (9.89 km2), all land.
Chariton is located at the exact halfway point, on U.S. Route 34 (runs east and west to each side of the state).
The Lucas County Courthouse is the highest point of elevation in the whole town and is located on the Missouri/Mississippi River Divide.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,321 people, 1,861 households, and 1,109 families living in the city. The population density was 1,131.2 inhabitants per square mile (436.8/km2). There were 2,114 housing units at an average density of 553.4 per square mile (213.7/km2).