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Sylvester, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Sylvester had a population of 160 as of July 1, 2023. Sylvester 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 Sylvester is located at latitude 38.0104 and longitude -81.5576 in Boone County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Sylvester encompass a land area of 0.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Boone County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5).

The Town of Sylvester 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 Sylvester is located within District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Boone County.

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Sylvester, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 160 (100%)
Population in Households 160 (100.0%)
Population in Families 139 (86.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 635
Diversity Index2 10


Median Household Income $54,250
Average Household Income $56,928
% of Income for Mortgage4 7%
Per Capita Income $23,483
Wealth Index5 40
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Low (39.9)


Total HU (Housing Units) 80 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 57 (71.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 9 (11.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 14 (17.5%)
Median Home Value $63,095
Average Home Value $78,509
Housing Affordability Index3 350


Total Households 66
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 47
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population -2.03% -0.63%
Households 1.44% -0.30%
Families   -1.31%
Median Household Income   1.68%
Per Capita Income   3.86%
Owner Occupied HU   -5.05%

Sylvester, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sylvester to the other 439 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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 # 374 15th
Population Density # 219 50th
Median Household Income # 125 72nd
Housing Affordability Index # 439 100th
Per Capita Income # 316 28th
Diversity Index # 353 20th

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