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Gary, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Gary had a population of 889 as of July 1, 2017. Gary 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 Gary is located at latitude 37.3632 and longitude -81.5357 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gary (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.84 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,411 feet.

The City of Gary (GNIS ID: 2390592) 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 Gary is located within North Elkin District, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

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


Total Population 889
Daytime Population: Workers 405
Daytime Population: Residents 679
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,084
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.22
Population in Households 838
Population in Familes 661
Population in Group Qrtrs 51
Population Density2 1,058
Diversity Index3 43


Median Household Income $30,977
Average Household Income $43,867
Per Capita Income $19,122


Total Housing Units 530 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 295 (55.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 68 (12.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 167 (31.5%)
Median Home Value $32,778
Average Home Value $42,627


Total Households 363
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 228
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 -1.17% -1.51%
Households -1.02% -1.59%
Families -0.93% -1.73%
Median Household Income   0.39%
Per Capita Income   2.01%

Gary, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gary 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 # 167 59th
Population Density # 146 64th
Diversity Index # 14 97th
Median Household Income # 336 17th
Per Capita Income # 311 23rd

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