McDowell County WV Information


McDowell County Subdivisions

McDowell County WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 23,299
Population in Households 21,234
Population in Familes 17,280
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,065
Population Density1 44
Diversity Index2 29


Total Households 9,130
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 6,119
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,499 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,926 (60.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,204 (19.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,369 (20.6%)
Median Home Value $89,691
Average Home Value $112,756


Median Household Income $29,323
Average Household Income $43,234
Per Capita Income $17,269
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.0% -0.31%
Households -0.1% -0.3%
Families -0.24% -0.38%
Median Household Income   2.08%
Per Capita Income   2.24%
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.


McDowell County WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares McDowell County to the other 55 counties and county equivalents in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 31 45th
Population Density1 # 33 42nd
Diversity Index2 # 4 95th
Median Household Income # 54 4th
Per Capita Income # 52 7th

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