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Smithers, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Smithers had a population of 833 as of July 1, 2019. Smithers 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 Smithers is located at latitude 38.1812 and longitude -81.3071 in Fayette County. The formal boundaries for the City of Smithers encompass a land area of 0.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Fayette County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 640 feet.

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

The City of Smithers (GNIS ID: 2390654) 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 Smithers is located within Valley District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Fayette County.


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Smithers, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Smithers, WV Housing Affordability Index is 236
State of West Virginia Housing Affordability Index is 182
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Smithers, WV Wealth Index is 40
State of West Virginia Wealth Index is 64
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 833 (100%)
Population in Households 833 (100.0%)
Population in Families 595 (71.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,658
Diversity Index2 22
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $36,327
Average Household Income $47,552
Per Capita Income $22,903
Wealth Index4 40

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 478 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 252 (52.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 162 (33.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 64 (13.4%)
Median Home Value $84,750
Housing Affordability Index3 236
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 414
Average Household Size 2.01
Family Households 223
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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 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.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.26% -0.12%
Households 0.24% -0.19%
Families 0.35% -0.27%
Median Household Income   2.41%
Per Capita Income   2.55%

Smithers, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Smithers to the other 404 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 175 57th
Population Density # 80 80th
Diversity Index # 51 88th
Median Household Income # 247 39th
Per Capita Income # 173 57th

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