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Cowen, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Cowen is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Webster County at latitude 38.4106 and longitude -80.5539. Webster County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,270 feet.

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

The P1 Census Class Code for Cowen 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 Cowen (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.63 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cowen: Cowan, The Savannah of the Mountains.

Town of Cowen, WV Boundary Map

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Cowen, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)

POPULATION

Total Population 541
Population in Households 540
Population in Familes 450
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density1 860
Diversity Index2 7
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 232
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 163
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 281 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 180 (64.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 51 (18.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 49 (17.4%)
Median Home Value $56,250
Average Home Value $67,500
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $33,301
Average Household Income $42,839
Per Capita Income $17,635
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.0% -0.26%
Households 0.2% -0.35%
Families 1.04% -0.37%
Median Household Income   1.44%
Per Capita Income   1.38%
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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Cowen, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cowen 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 # 239 41st
Population Density1 # 190 53rd
Diversity Index2 # 229 43rd
Median Household Income # 274 32nd
Per Capita Income # 310 23rd

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