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Smithers, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Smithers had a population of 815 as of July 1, 2016. Smithers ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Smithers is located at latitude 38.1758 and longitude -81.3046 in Fayette County. The formal boundaries for the City of Smithers (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Fayette County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 640 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Smithers are located in Fayette County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Kanawha County.

The City of Smithers (GNIS ID: 2390654) 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 Smithers is located within Valley District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Fayette County.

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

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


Total Population 815
Population in Households 815
Population in Familes 584
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,622
Diversity Index2 23


Total Households 407
Average Household Size 2.0
Family Households 221
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 484 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 223 (46.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 184 (38.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 77 (15.9%)
Median Home Value $68,000
Average Home Value $108,559


Median Household Income $29,868
Average Household Income $41,767
Per Capita Income $20,145
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.04% -0.1%
Households 0.08% -0.1%
Families 0.37% -0.27%
Median Household Income   -0.8%
Per Capita Income   0.15%
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.

Smithers, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Smithers 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 # 177 57th
Population Density1 # 88 79th
Diversity Index2 # 46 89th
Median Household Income # 332 18th
Per Capita Income # 239 41st

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