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Welch, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Welch had a population of 3,820 as of July 1, 2016. Welch 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 Welch is located at latitude 37.4281 and longitude -81.5914 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the City of Welch (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.04 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,319 feet.

The City of Welch (GNIS ID: 2390667) 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 Welch is located within Browns Creek District, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

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


Total Population 3,820
Population in Households 2,360
Population in Familes 1,809
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,460
Population Density1 633
Diversity Index2 54


Total Households 990
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 595
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,267 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 666 (52.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 324 (25.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 277 (21.9%)
Median Home Value $43,882
Average Home Value $63,043


Median Household Income $29,645
Average Household Income $42,387
Per Capita Income $18,104
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 7.68% -0.29%
Households 0.1% -0.37%
Families 1.15% -0.51%
Median Household Income   1.01%
Per Capita Income   0.59%
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 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 # 41 90th
Population Density1 # 233 43rd
Diversity Index2 # 2 100th
Median Household Income # 338 17th
Per Capita Income # 322 21st

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