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Welch, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Welch had a population of 3,513 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Welch, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 3,513
Daytime Population: Workers 2,840
Daytime Population: Residents 1,730
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,570
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.30
Population in Households 2,263
Population in Familes 1,733
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,250
Population Density2 582
Diversity Index3 54


Median Household Income $32,549
Average Household Income $45,776
Per Capita Income $19,080


Total Housing Units 1,284 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 641 (49.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 310 (24.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 333 (25.9%)
Median Home Value $44,460
Average Home Value $63,941


Total Households 951
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 571
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 5.36% -0.76%
Households -0.47% -1.12%
Families 0.42% -1.26%
Median Household Income   1.68%
Per Capita Income   1.52%

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, 2017 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 # 42 90th
Population Density # 239 41st
Diversity Index # 3 100th
Median Household Income # 309 24th
Per Capita Income # 315 22nd

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