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Beckley, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Beckley is the 9th largest city in West Virginia with a population of 17,805 as of July 1, 2016. Beckley 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 Beckley is located at latitude 37.7731 and longitude -81.1616 in Raleigh County. The formal boundaries for the City of Beckley (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Raleigh County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,421 feet.

The City of Beckley (GNIS ID: 2390563) 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 Beckley is located within District 3, a minor civil division (MCD) of Raleigh County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Beckley 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 Beckley: Beckleyville, Raleigh, Raleigh Court House.

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


Total Population 17,805
Population in Households 17,201
Population in Familes 12,554
Population in Group Qrtrs 604
Population Density1 1,874
Diversity Index2 44


Total Households 7,838
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 4,357
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 9,031 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,387 (48.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,450 (38.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,193 (13.2%)
Median Home Value $100,675
Average Home Value $131,622


Median Household Income $35,154
Average Household Income $50,509
Per Capita Income $22,894
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.17% 0.04%
Households 0.08% -0.01%
Families -0.21% -0.18%
Median Household Income   -0.31%
Per Capita Income   0.6%
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.

Beckley, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Beckley 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 # 9 98th
Population Density1 # 59 86th
Diversity Index2 # 12 97th
Median Household Income # 256 37th
Per Capita Income # 118 71st

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