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Terra Alta, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Terra Alta is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Preston County at latitude 39.4443 and longitude -79.5436. Preston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,582 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Terra Alta, but most people and references simply refer to it as Terra Alta, West Virginia.

The P1 Census Class Code for Terra Alta indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

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, 2014)


Total Population 1,574
Population in Households 1,496
Population in Familes 1,190
Population in Group Qrtrs 78
Population Density1 1,327
Diversity Index2 5


Total Households 660
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 439
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 756 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 468 (61.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 192 (25.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 96 (12.7%)
Median Home Value $97,866
Average Home Value $116,186


Median Household Income $38,657
Average Household Income $49,071
Per Capita Income $19,556
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.51% 0.98%
Households 1.87% 1.1%
Families 2.58% 1.03%
Median Household Income   1.93%
Per Capita Income   1.78%
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 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 # 106 74th
Population Density1 # 112 72nd
Diversity Index2 # 289 28th
Median Household Income # 141 65th
Per Capita Income # 243 40th

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