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Cowen, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Cowen had a population of 515 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Cowen is located at latitude 38.4106 and longitude -80.5539 in Webster County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Cowen (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.63 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Webster County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,270 feet.

The Town of Cowen (GNIS ID: 2390814) 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 Cowen is located within Southern District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Webster County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cowen 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 Cowen: Cowan, The Savannah of the Mountains.

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


Total Population 515
Population in Households 514
Population in Familes 428
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density1 819
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 216
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 151
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 275 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 167 (60.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 49 (17.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 59 (21.5%)
Median Home Value $61,875
Average Home Value $89,970


Median Household Income $33,770
Average Household Income $50,568
Per Capita Income $20,298
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.78% -0.67%
Households -1.0% -0.85%
Families -0.52% -0.81%
Median Household Income   -0.03%
Per Capita Income   0.9%
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.

Cowen, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cowen 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 # 244 40th
Population Density1 # 191 53rd
Diversity Index2 # 241 40th
Median Household Income # 276 32nd
Per Capita Income # 230 43rd

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