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Wellsburg, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Wellsburg had a population of 2,617 as of July 1, 2016. Wellsburg ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Wellsburg is located at latitude 40.2809 and longitude -80.6106 in Brooke County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wellsburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.97 sq. miles and a water area of 0.36 sq. miles. Brooke County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 676 feet.

The City of Wellsburg (GNIS ID: 2390668) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Wellsburg is located within Wellsburg District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Brooke County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wellsburg population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wellsburg: Buffaloe Town, Charles Town, Charlestown, Wellsburgh.

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Wellsburg, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,617
Population in Households 2,617
Population in Familes 1,968
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 2,698
Diversity Index2 12


Total Households 1,230
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 719
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,436 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 746 (51.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 483 (33.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 206 (14.3%)
Median Home Value $71,977
Average Home Value $94,645


Median Household Income $37,110
Average Household Income $52,099
Per Capita Income $24,179
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -1.1% -0.7%
Households -1.03% -0.66%
Families -1.03% -0.79%
Median Household Income   -1.42%
Per Capita Income   0.5%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Wellsburg, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wellsburg to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 64 84th
Population Density1 # 22 95th
Diversity Index2 # 114 73rd
Median Household Income # 210 48th
Per Capita Income # 83 80th

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