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Spencer, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Spencer had a population of 2,293 as of July 1, 2015. Spencer 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 Spencer is located at latitude 38.8001 and longitude -81.3527 in Roane County. The formal boundaries for the City of Spencer (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.26 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Roane County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 748 feet.

The City of Spencer (GNIS ID: 2390656) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Spencer population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Spencer: California, California Court House, Cassville, New California, Spencer Court House, Tanners Cross Roads, Tanners Crossroads.

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Spencer, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 2,293
Population in Households 2,237
Population in Familes 1,709
Population in Group Qrtrs 56
Population Density1 1,822
Diversity Index2 11


Total Households 1,001
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 587
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,180 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 518 (43.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 483 (40.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 179 (15.2%)
Median Home Value $72,407
Average Home Value $79,021


Median Household Income $23,304
Average Household Income $34,281
Per Capita Income $14,863
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.24% -0.17%
Households -0.08% -0.1%
Families 0.29% -0.21%
Median Household Income   2.26%
Per Capita Income   2.14%
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.

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Spencer, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Spencer to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 74 82nd
Population Density1 # 67 84th
Diversity Index2 # 133 67th
Median Household Income # 394 2nd
Per Capita Income # 379 6th

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