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Big Sandy, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Big Sandy Census Designated Place had a population of 162 as of July 1, 2016. Big Sandy ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Big Sandy is located at latitude 37.4611 and longitude -81.7059 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the Big Sandy Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.53 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,132 feet.

The Big Sandy Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2586765) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Big Sandy Census Designated Place is located within Browns Creek District, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Sandy population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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


Total Population 162
Population in Households 162
Population in Familes 129
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 304
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 71
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 45
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 97 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 56 (57.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 15 (15.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 26 (26.8%)
Median Home Value $57,353
Average Home Value $71,491


Median Household Income $39,339
Average Household Income $52,461
Per Capita Income $24,340
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.58% -0.75%
Households -0.44% -0.57%
Families -1.03% -0.45%
Median Household Income   -0.71%
Per Capita Income   1.21%
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.

Big Sandy, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Sandy 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 # 366 10th
Population Density1 # 331 19th
Diversity Index2 # 231 42nd
Median Household Income # 163 60th
Per Capita Income # 81 80th

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