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Welch, West Virginia - Basic Facts

Welch is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Welch.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in McDowell County at latitude 37.4329 and longitude -81.5845. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,319 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Welch (see map) encompass a land area of 6.04 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles.

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


Total Population 4,047
Population in Households 2,350
Population in Familes 1,807
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,697
Population Density1 674
Diversity Index2 52


Total Households 984
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 595
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,329 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 666 (50.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 318 (23.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 345 (26.0%)
Median Home Value $73,856
Average Home Value $85,157


Median Household Income $34,311
Average Household Income $46,492
Per Capita Income $13,867
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 13.02% -0.41%
Households 0.0% -0.66%
Families 1.69% -0.75%
Median Household Income   3.02%
Per Capita Income   0.64%
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.


Welch, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Welch 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 # 37 91st
Population Density1 # 222 45th
Diversity Index2 # 3 100th
Median Household Income # 257 36th
Per Capita Income # 388 3rd

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