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Reader, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Reader Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Wetzel County at latitude 39.5688 and longitude -80.7312. Wetzel County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 692 feet.

The formal official name is the Reader Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Reader, West Virginia.

The U5 Census Class Code for Reader indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

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.

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


Total Population 395
Population in Households 395
Population in Familes 336
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 425
Diversity Index2 2


Total Households 172
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 125
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 187 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 144 (77.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 28 (15.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 15 ( 8.0%)
Median Home Value $109,677
Average Home Value $138,715


Median Household Income $39,861
Average Household Income $52,371
Per Capita Income $21,185
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.12% -0.36%
Households 0.14% -0.23%
Families 0.97% -0.32%
Median Household Income   2.61%
Per Capita Income   1.74%
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, 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 # 275 32nd
Population Density1 # 289 28th
Diversity Index2 # 397 1st
Median Household Income # 124 69th
Per Capita Income # 159 61st

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