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Huntington, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Huntington is the 2nd largest city in West Virginia with a population of 45,629 as of July 1, 2023. Huntington ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Huntington is located at latitude 38.4193 and longitude -82.4452 in Cabell County. The formal boundaries for the City of Huntington encompass a land area of 16.22 sq. miles and a water area of 2.24 sq. miles. Cabell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5).

While the primary coordinates for City of Huntington are located in Cabell County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Wayne County.

The City of Huntington 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 Huntington is located within District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cabell County.

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


Total Population 45,629 (100%)
Population in Households 42,324 (92.8%)
Population in Families 27,908 (61.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3,305 ( 7.2%)
Population Density 2,813
Diversity Index2 36


Median Household Income $38,622
Average Household Income $66,771
% of Income for Mortgage4 19%
Per Capita Income $29,382
Wealth Index5 57
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Low (43.4)


Total HU (Housing Units) 24,367 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,963 (40.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,904 (40.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,500 (18.5%)
Median Home Value $119,390
Average Home Value $162,145
Housing Affordability Index3 134


Total Households 19,867
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 9,419
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 -0.80% -0.49%
Households -0.62% -0.37%
Families   -0.49%
Median Household Income   2.56%
Per Capita Income   3.32%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.19%

Huntington, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Huntington 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 # 2 100th
Population Density # 13 97th
Median Household Income # 299 32nd
Housing Affordability Index # 140 32nd
Per Capita Income # 165 63rd
Diversity Index # 34 92nd

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