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Gary, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Gary is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in McDowell County at latitude 37.3632 and longitude -81.5357. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,411 feet.

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

The P1 Census Class Code for Gary 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 Gary (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.84 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles.

City of Gary, WV Boundary Map


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


Total Population 959
Population in Households 900
Population in Familes 712
Population in Group Qrtrs 59
Population Density1 1,142
Diversity Index2 41


Total Households 392
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 248
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 553 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 318 (57.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 74 (13.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 161 (29.1%)
Median Home Value $94,130
Average Home Value $120,611


Median Household Income $27,254
Average Household Income $38,601
Per Capita Income $16,301
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.22% -0.59%
Households 0.06% -0.62%
Families 0.38% -0.74%
Median Household Income   0.9%
Per Capita Income   1.16%
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 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 # 159 60th
Population Density1 # 136 66th
Diversity Index2 # 14 97th
Median Household Income # 355 12th
Per Capita Income # 353 12th

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