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Ranson, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Corporation of Ranson is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Jefferson County at latitude 39.31 and longitude -77.8832. Jefferson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 522 feet.

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

The P1 Census Class Code for Ranson 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 Corporation of Ranson (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.09 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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


Total Population 4,575
Population in Households 4,575
Population in Familes 3,631
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 568
Diversity Index2 54


Total Households 1,743
Average Household Size 2.62
Family Households 1,175
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,005 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,077 (53.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 666 (33.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 262 (13.1%)
Median Home Value $211,885
Average Home Value $240,060


Median Household Income $41,145
Average Household Income $58,174
Per Capita Income $22,370
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.71% 0.68%
Households 0.6% 0.53%
Families 0.51% 0.42%
Median Household Income   2.99%
Per Capita Income   2.02%
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.


Ranson, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ranson 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 # 33 92nd
Population Density1 # 242 40th
Diversity Index2 # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 107 74th
Per Capita Income # 121 70th

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