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Gauley Bridge, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Gauley Bridge had a population of 510 as of July 1, 2023.

The primary coordinate point for Gauley Bridge is located at latitude 38.1684 and longitude -81.1948 in Fayette County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Gauley Bridge encompass a land area of 1.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Fayette County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5).

The Town of Gauley Bridge 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 Gauley Bridge is located within Valley District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Fayette County.

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


Total Population 510 (100%)
Population in Households 510 (100.0%)
Population in Families 361 (70.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 326
Diversity Index2 18


Median Household Income $50,740
Average Household Income $61,723
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $27,715
Wealth Index5 40
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Moderate (47.4)


Total HU (Housing Units) 291 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 159 (54.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 70 (24.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 62 (21.3%)
Median Home Value $79,950
Average Home Value $91,981
Housing Affordability Index3 263


Total Households 229
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 126
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 -2.46% -0.96%
Households 0.68% -0.89%
Families   -0.81%
Median Household Income   6.19%
Per Capita Income   2.96%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.64%

Gauley Bridge, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gauley Bridge 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 # 217 51st
Population Density # 321 27th
Median Household Income # 167 62nd
Housing Affordability Index # 401 91st
Per Capita Income # 209 53rd
Diversity Index # 146 67th

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