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Wellsburg, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Wellsburg is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Brooke County at latitude 40.2809 and longitude -80.6106. Brooke County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 676 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Wellsburg, but most people and references simply refer to it as Wellsburg, West Virginia.

The P1 Census Class Code for Wellsburg indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

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

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Wellsburg, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,657
Population in Households 2,657
Population in Familes 1,998
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 2,713
Diversity Index2 12


Total Households 1,249
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 731
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,395 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 763 (54.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 486 (34.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 146 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $78,280
Average Home Value $87,615


Median Household Income $34,520
Average Household Income $46,951
Per Capita Income $21,787
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -1.27% -0.72%
Households -1.15% -0.7%
Families -1.12% -0.89%
Median Household Income   1.75%
Per Capita Income   1.92%
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 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 65 84th
Population Density1 # 19 96th
Diversity Index2 # 111 73rd
Median Household Income # 252 37th
Per Capita Income # 141 65th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE West Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.