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McMechen, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of McMechen is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Marshall County at latitude 39.9865 and longitude -80.7335. Marshall County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 679 feet.

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

The P1 Census Class Code for McMechen 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 City of McMechen (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.57 sq. miles and a water area of 0.26 sq. miles.

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


Total Population 1,836
Population in Households 1,828
Population in Familes 1,420
Population in Group Qrtrs 8
Population Density1 3,217
Diversity Index2 8


Total Households 822
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 500
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 931 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 571 (61.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 251 (27.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 109 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $65,462
Average Home Value $64,386


Median Household Income $35,201
Average Household Income $43,893
Per Capita Income $19,655
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -1.12% -0.72%
Households -0.95% -0.67%
Families -0.74% -0.81%
Median Household Income   1.65%
Per Capita Income   2.43%
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.


McMechen, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares McMechen 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 # 88 78th
Population Density1 # 7 99th
Diversity Index2 # 200 51st
Median Household Income # 239 41st
Per Capita Income # 235 42nd

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