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Terra Alta, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Terra Alta had a population of 1,588 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Terra Alta is located at latitude 39.4443 and longitude -79.5436 in Preston County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Terra Alta (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Preston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,582 feet.

The Town of Terra Alta (GNIS ID: 2391442) 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 Town of Terra Alta is located within Fourth District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Preston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Terra Alta 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 Terra Alta: Cranberry, Cranberry Station, Cranberry Summit, Green Glades, Portland, Salt Lick, Salt Lick Falls.

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


Total Population 1,588
Population in Households 1,511
Population in Familes 1,200
Population in Group Qrtrs 77
Population Density1 1,339
Diversity Index2 6


Total Households 655
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 434
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 754 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 465 (61.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 191 (25.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 99 (13.1%)
Median Home Value $81,458
Average Home Value $112,419


Median Household Income $34,668
Average Household Income $41,299
Per Capita Income $16,812
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.17% 0.73%
Households 1.15% 0.75%
Families 1.56% 0.64%
Median Household Income   -2.0%
Per Capita Income   0.25%
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.

Terra Alta, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Terra Alta 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 # 104 75th
Population Density1 # 113 72nd
Diversity Index2 # 283 32nd
Median Household Income # 264 35th
Per Capita Income # 361 11th

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