Chesapeake, WV Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Chesapeake, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Chesapeake had a population of 1,556 as of July 1, 2016. Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake is located at latitude 38.2229 and longitude -81.5362 in Kanawha County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Chesapeake (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.48 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Kanawha County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 607 feet.

The Town of Chesapeake (GNIS ID: 2390782) 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 Town of Chesapeake is located within District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Kanawha County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake: Henson.

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


Total Population 1,556
Population in Households 1,556
Population in Familes 1,186
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 3,220
Diversity Index2 23


Total Households 694
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 417
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 809 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 448 (55.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 246 (30.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 115 (14.2%)
Median Home Value $64,839
Average Home Value $81,808


Median Household Income $33,830
Average Household Income $43,284
Per Capita Income $19,450
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.02% -0.04%
Households 0.07% 0.03%
Families -0.3% -0.14%
Median Household Income   -0.8%
Per Capita Income   0.51%
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.

Chesapeake, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chesapeake 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 # 107 74th
Population Density1 # 8 98th
Diversity Index2 # 45 89th
Median Household Income # 274 33rd
Per Capita Income # 269 34th

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