McDowell County WV Information


McDowell County Subdivisions

McDowell County WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 23,563
Population in Households 22,283
Population in Familes 18,003
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,280
Population Density1 44
Diversity Index2 25


Median Household Income $26,590
Average Household Income $40,632
Per Capita Income $17,145


Total Housing Units 11,601 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,404 (63.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,022 (17.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,175 (18.7%)
Median Home Value $40,735
Average Home Value $59,610


Total Households 9,426
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 6,283
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.77% -0.38%
Households 0.33% -0.42%
Families 0.17% -0.52%
Median Household Income   0.71%
Per Capita Income   1.79%


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, 2018 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 # 29 49th
Population Density # 33 42nd
Diversity Index # 4 95th
Median Household Income # 55 2nd
Per Capita Income # 55 2nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE West Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.