Big Chimney, WV Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Big Chimney, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Big Chimney Census Designated Place had a population of 646 as of July 1, 2016. Big Chimney ranks in the lower 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 Big Chimney is located at latitude 38.4105 and longitude -81.5275 in Kanawha County. The formal boundaries for the Big Chimney Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Kanawha County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 646 feet.

The Big Chimney Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2586763) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Big Chimney Census Designated Place is located within District 4, a minor civil division (MCD) of Kanawha County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Chimney 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 Big Chimney: Clyde.

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


Total Population 646
Population in Households 646
Population in Familes 518
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 322
Diversity Index2 3


Total Households 298
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 195
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 318 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 208 (65.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 90 (28.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 20 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $141,525
Average Home Value $152,524


Median Household Income $46,249
Average Household Income $61,654
Per Capita Income $27,628
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.48% 0.22%
Households 0.55% 0.2%
Families 0.33% 0.1%
Median Household Income   0.9%
Per Capita Income   1.21%
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.

Big Chimney, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Chimney 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 # 204 50th
Population Density1 # 318 22nd
Diversity Index2 # 376 8th
Median Household Income # 71 83rd
Per Capita Income # 34 92nd

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