Big Chimney, WV Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Big Chimney, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Big Chimney Census Designated Place had a population of 630 as of July 1, 2017. Big Chimney ranks in the lower 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 Big Chimney is located at latitude 38.4105 and longitude -81.5275 in Kanawha County. The formal boundaries for the Big Chimney Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Kanawha County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 646 feet.

The Big Chimney Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2586763) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Big Chimney Census Designated Place is located within District 4, a minor civil division (MCD) of Kanawha County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Chimney 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 Big Chimney: Clyde.

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


Total Population 630
Daytime Population: Workers 239
Daytime Population: Residents 330
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 569
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.90
Population in Households 630
Population in Familes 505
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 314
Diversity Index3 4


Median Household Income $46,225
Average Household Income $62,938
Per Capita Income $27,865


Total Housing Units 307 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 202 (65.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 88 (28.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 17 ( 5.5%)
Median Home Value $142,982
Average Home Value $153,589


Total Households 290
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 189
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 0.07% -0.32%
Households 0.1% -0.28%
Families -0.15% -0.43%
Median Household Income   0.79%
Per Capita Income   1.75%

Big Chimney, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Chimney 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 # 204 50th
Population Density # 321 21st
Diversity Index # 373 8th
Median Household Income # 83 80th
Per Capita Income # 49 88th

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