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Ranson, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Corporation of Ranson had a population of 5,113 as of July 1, 2017. Ranson ranks in the upper 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 Ranson is located at latitude 39.31 and longitude -77.8832 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the Corporation of Ranson (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.09 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Jefferson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 522 feet.

The Corporation of Ranson (GNIS ID: 2390677) 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 Corporation of Ranson is located within Middleway District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jefferson County.

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

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


Total Population 5,113
Daytime Population: Workers 3,387
Daytime Population: Residents 2,223
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,610
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.10
Population in Households 5,113
Population in Familes 4,058
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 632
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $44,493
Average Household Income $65,197
Per Capita Income $24,799


Total Housing Units 2,203 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,213 (55.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 720 (32.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 270 (12.3%)
Median Home Value $163,567
Average Home Value $179,328


Total Households 1,933
Average Household Size 2.65
Family Households 1,301
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 1.97% 1.6%
Households 1.8% 1.54%
Families 1.72% 1.39%
Median Household Income   0.93%
Per Capita Income   2.41%

Ranson, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ranson 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 # 33 92nd
Population Density # 229 44th
Diversity Index # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 98 76th
Per Capita Income # 88 79th

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