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Gary, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Gary had a population of 938 as of July 1, 2016. Gary 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 Gary is located at latitude 37.3632 and longitude -81.5357 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gary (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.84 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,411 feet.

The City of Gary (GNIS ID: 2390592) 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 Gary is located within North Elkin District, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Gary 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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Gary, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 938
Population in Households 882
Population in Familes 696
Population in Group Qrtrs 56
Population Density1 1,116
Diversity Index2 42


Total Households 382
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 241
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 536 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 310 (57.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 72 (13.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 154 (28.7%)
Median Home Value $32,700
Average Home Value $43,871


Median Household Income $29,164
Average Household Income $41,361
Per Capita Income $18,112
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.5% -0.67%
Households -0.37% -0.64%
Families -0.2% -0.84%
Median Household Income   -0.42%
Per Capita Income   0.63%
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.

Gary, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gary 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 # 166 59th
Population Density1 # 138 66th
Diversity Index2 # 14 97th
Median Household Income # 347 15th
Per Capita Income # 320 21st

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