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Big Chimney, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Big Chimney Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Kanawha County at latitude 38.4105 and longitude -81.5275. Kanawha County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 646 feet.

The formal official name is the Big Chimney Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Big Chimney, West Virginia.

The U5 Census Class Code for Big Chimney indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Big Chimney: Clyde.

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


Total Population 617
Population in Households 617
Population in Familes 496
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 308
Diversity Index2 3


Total Households 285
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 187
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 303 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 200 (66.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 85 (28.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 18 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $144,792
Average Home Value $179,625


Median Household Income $48,527
Average Household Income $64,108
Per Capita Income $28,644
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.38% -0.23%
Households -0.25% -0.14%
Families -0.5% -0.21%
Median Household Income   2.54%
Per Capita Income   1.78%
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 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 # 208 48th
Population Density1 # 326 19th
Diversity Index2 # 363 9th
Median Household Income # 56 86th
Per Capita Income # 27 94th

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