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Reader, West Virginia - Basic Facts

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The Reader Census Designated Place had a population of 392 as of July 1, 2015. Reader ranks in the lower quartile for 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 Reader is located at latitude 39.5688 and longitude -80.7312 in Wetzel County. The formal boundaries for the Reader Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.93 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Wetzel County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 692 feet.

The Reader Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2586874) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Reader Census Designated Place is located within District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Wetzel County.

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

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Reader Census Designated Place, WV Boundary Map

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


Total Population 392
Population in Households 392
Population in Familes 334
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 422
Diversity Index2 2


Total Households 171
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 124
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 186 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 142 (76.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 28 (15.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 15 ( 8.1%)
Median Home Value $112,821
Average Home Value $132,570


Median Household Income $38,675
Average Household Income $51,158
Per Capita Income $20,732
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.24% -0.2%
Households 0.0% -0.12%
Families 0.63% -0.16%
Median Household Income   2.36%
Per Capita Income   2.24%
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.


Reader, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Reader 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 # 275 32nd
Population Density1 # 291 28th
Diversity Index2 # 397 1st
Median Household Income # 161 60th
Per Capita Income # 182 55th

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