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Benwood, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Benwood had a population of 1,423 as of July 1, 2016. Benwood ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Benwood is located at latitude 40.0046 and longitude -80.7306 in Marshall County. The formal boundaries for the City of Benwood (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.3 sq. miles and a water area of 0.56 sq. miles. Marshall County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 646 feet.

The City of Benwood (GNIS ID: 2390565) 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 Benwood is located within District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Marshall County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Benwood 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 Benwood: Bens Woods, Benwood Junction.

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


Total Population 1,423
Population in Households 1,423
Population in Familes 1,054
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,097
Diversity Index2 14


Total Households 665
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 373
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 774 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 358 (46.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 307 (39.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 109 (14.1%)
Median Home Value $59,437
Average Home Value $71,078


Median Household Income $29,411
Average Household Income $39,389
Per Capita Income $17,782
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.03% -0.04%
Households 0.27% 0.06%
Families 0.7% -0.05%
Median Household Income   -0.8%
Per Capita Income   0.24%
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.

Benwood, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Benwood 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 # 116 72nd
Population Density1 # 140 66th
Diversity Index2 # 97 76th
Median Household Income # 343 16th
Per Capita Income # 336 17th

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