West Virginia Census & Demographic Data - July 1, 2020


West Virginia Census Data

The tables below provide updated data and demographic estimates for West Virginia as of July 1, 2020. Our West Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool allows you to compare and rank WV cities, towns, ZIP Codes and Counties.

West Virginia Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,879,194 (100%)
Population in Households 1,829,528 (97.4%)
Population in Families 1,444,627 (76.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 49,666 ( 2.6%)
Population Density 78
Diversity Index2 17


Median Household Income $43,730
Average Household Income $61,990
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $25,745
Wealth Index5 61


Total HU (Housing Units) 915,205 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 548,200 (59.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 230,177 (25.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 136,828 (15.0%)
Median Home Value $123,360
Average Home Value $158,083
Housing Affordability Index3 208


Total Households 778,377
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 502,956
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.14% -0.05%
Households 0.18% -0.05%
Families 0.01% -0.15%
Median Household Income   1.05%
Per Capita Income   1.64%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.1%