McDowell County WV Information


McDowell County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 23,026
Population in Households 21,139
Population in Familes 17,139
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,887
Population Density1 43
Diversity Index2 29


Total Households 9,029
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 6,020
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,322 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,849 (60.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,180 (19.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,293 (20.3%)
Median Home Value $39,003
Average Home Value $58,625


Median Household Income $25,148
Average Household Income $38,005
Per Capita Income $16,247
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.65% -0.6%
Households -0.26% -0.58%
Families -0.46% -0.7%
Median Household Income   -0.08%
Per Capita Income   0.69%
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, 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 # 31 45th
Population Density1 # 34 40th
Diversity Index2 # 4 95th
Median Household Income # 55 2nd
Per Capita Income # 55 2nd

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