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Big Sandy, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Big Sandy Census Designated Place had a population of 155 as of July 1, 2017. Big Sandy ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density 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 Sandy is located at latitude 37.4611 and longitude -81.7059 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the Big Sandy Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.53 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,132 feet.

The Big Sandy Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2586765) 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 Sandy Census Designated Place is located within Browns Creek District, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Sandy 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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Big Sandy, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 155
Daytime Population: Workers 16
Daytime Population: Residents 107
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 123
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.79
Population in Households 155
Population in Familes 123
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 291
Diversity Index3 8


Median Household Income $42,608
Average Household Income $55,954
Per Capita Income $25,249


Total Housing Units 94 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 54 (57.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 14 (14.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 26 (27.7%)
Median Home Value $60,526
Average Home Value $72,222


Total Households 68
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 43
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 -1.1% -1.46%
Households -0.97% -1.52%
Families -1.51% -1.44%
Median Household Income   1.89%
Per Capita Income   2.4%

Big Sandy, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Sandy 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 # 370 9th
Population Density # 334 18th
Diversity Index # 228 44th
Median Household Income # 123 70th
Per Capita Income # 78 81st

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