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Wellsburg, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Wellsburg had a population of 2,659 as of July 1, 2017. Wellsburg ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Wellsburg is located at latitude 40.2809 and longitude -80.6106 in Brooke County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wellsburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.97 sq. miles and a water area of 0.36 sq. miles. Brooke County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 676 feet.

The City of Wellsburg (GNIS ID: 2390668) 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 City of Wellsburg is located within Wellsburg District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Brooke County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wellsburg population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wellsburg: Buffaloe Town, Charles Town, Charlestown, Wellsburgh.

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Wellsburg, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,659
Daytime Population: Workers 1,568
Daytime Population: Residents 1,520
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,088
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.16
Population in Households 2,659
Population in Familes 1,997
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 2,741
Diversity Index3 13


Median Household Income $37,362
Average Household Income $53,255
Per Capita Income $24,609


Total Housing Units 1,444 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 755 (52.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 490 (33.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 199 (13.8%)
Median Home Value $74,392
Average Home Value $94,172


Total Households 1,245
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 727
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.73% -0.62%
Households -0.72% -0.6%
Families -0.74% -0.75%
Median Household Income   0.99%
Per Capita Income   2.23%

Wellsburg, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wellsburg to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 62 85th
Population Density # 18 96th
Diversity Index # 112 73rd
Median Household Income # 235 42nd
Per Capita Income # 89 78th

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