McDowell County WV Information


McDowell County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 21,820
Daytime Population: Workers 5,136
Daytime Population: Residents 16,193
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 21,329
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.98
Population in Households 20,170
Population in Familes 16,343
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,650
Population Density2 41
Diversity Index3 29


Median Household Income $26,418
Average Household Income $40,692
Per Capita Income $17,222


Total Housing Units 11,232 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,504 (57.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,066 (18.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,662 (23.7%)
Median Home Value $40,109
Average Home Value $59,033


Total Households 8,570
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 5,710
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 -0.18% -1.4%
Households -0.94% -1.5%
Families -1.12% -1.62%
Median Household Income   0.34%
Per Capita Income   1.95%


McDowell County WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares McDowell County to the other 55 counties and county equivalents 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 # 32 44th
Population Density # 34 40th
Diversity Index # 4 95th
Median Household Income # 55 2nd
Per Capita Income # 55 2nd

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