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Birch River, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Birch River Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Nicholas County at latitude 38.4955 and longitude -80.7526. Nicholas County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,112 feet.

The formal official name is the Birch River Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Birch River, West Virginia.

The U5 Census Class Code for Birch River indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Birch River Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.37 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Birch River: Bird River.

Birch River Census Designated Place, WV Boundary Map


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


Total Population 107
Population in Households 107
Population in Familes 89
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 291
Diversity Index2 6


Total Households 44
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 31
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 54 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 34 (63.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 9 (16.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 10 (18.5%)
Median Home Value $95,833
Average Home Value $112,500


Median Household Income $41,401
Average Household Income $56,828
Per Capita Income $22,999
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.0% -0.19%
Households 0.54% 0.0%
Families 1.58% 0.0%
Median Household Income   3.85%
Per Capita Income   2.09%
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.


Birch River, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Birch River 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 # 384 4th
Population Density1 # 335 17th
Diversity Index2 # 269 34th
Median Household Income # 100 75th
Per Capita Income # 104 74th

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