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Sophia, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Sophia had a population of 1,378 as of July 1, 2016. Sophia ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sophia is located at latitude 37.7073 and longitude -81.2536 in Raleigh County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Sophia (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.7 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Raleigh County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,320 feet.

The Town of Sophia (GNIS ID: 2391419) 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 Sophia is located within District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Raleigh County.

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

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


Total Population 1,378
Population in Households 1,378
Population in Familes 1,111
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,974
Diversity Index2 8


Total Households 603
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 402
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 673 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 421 (62.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 182 (27.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 70 (10.4%)
Median Home Value $70,346
Average Home Value $79,988


Median Household Income $36,109
Average Household Income $44,330
Per Capita Income $18,899
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.4% 0.26%
Households 0.35% 0.2%
Families 0.44% 0.05%
Median Household Income   0.23%
Per Capita Income   1.42%
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.

Sophia, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sophia 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 # 123 70th
Population Density1 # 51 88th
Diversity Index2 # 222 45th
Median Household Income # 231 43rd
Per Capita Income # 293 28th

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