Wheeling, WV Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Wheeling, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Wheeling is the 5th largest city in West Virginia with a population of 28,395 as of July 1, 2016. Wheeling ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Wheeling is located at latitude 40.0738 and longitude -80.696 in Ohio County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wheeling (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.79 sq. miles and a water area of 2.22 sq. miles. Ohio County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 666 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Wheeling are located in Ohio County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Marshall County.

The City of Wheeling (GNIS ID: 2390672) 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 Wheeling is located within District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Ohio County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wheeling population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wheeling: Fort Fincastle, Fort Henry, Nail City, Weeling, Whealing, Wheelin, Zanesburg.

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Wheeling, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 28,395
Population in Households 27,025
Population in Familes 19,570
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,370
Population Density1 2,059
Diversity Index2 19


Total Households 12,893
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 6,938
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 14,619 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,379 (50.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,514 (37.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,726 (11.8%)
Median Home Value $98,320
Average Home Value $129,357


Median Household Income $35,876
Average Household Income $51,445
Per Capita Income $23,996
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.05% -0.3%
Households 0.1% -0.23%
Families -0.03% -0.39%
Median Household Income   0.01%
Per Capita Income   0.93%
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.

Wheeling, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wheeling 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 # 5 99th
Population Density1 # 45 89th
Diversity Index2 # 60 85th
Median Household Income # 240 41st
Per Capita Income # 87 79th

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