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War, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of War had a population of 847 as of July 1, 2015. War 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 War is located at latitude 37.31 and longitude -81.6763 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the City of War (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.89 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,339 feet.

The City of War (GNIS ID: 2390664) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with War population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for War: Miners City, War Creek.

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


Total Population 847
Population in Households 847
Population in Familes 678
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 951
Diversity Index2 16


Total Households 373
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 247
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 440 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 251 (57.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 121 (27.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 67 (15.2%)
Median Home Value $96,307
Average Home Value $123,606


Median Household Income $19,254
Average Household Income $33,440
Per Capita Income $14,233
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.33% -0.31%
Households 0.0% -0.27%
Families 0.31% -0.41%
Median Household Income   0.67%
Per Capita Income   1.94%
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.

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War, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares War to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs 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 # 175 57th
Population Density1 # 171 58th
Diversity Index2 # 79 81st
Median Household Income # 401 0th
Per Capita Income # 384 4th

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