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Northfork, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Northfork had a population of 401 as of July 1, 2017. Northfork 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 Northfork is located at latitude 37.4196 and longitude -81.4274 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Northfork (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.96 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,686 feet.

The Town of Northfork (GNIS ID: 2391336) 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 Town of Northfork is located within North Elkin District, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Northfork population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Northfork: North Fork.

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


Total Population 401
Daytime Population: Workers 32
Daytime Population: Residents 315
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 347
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.87
Population in Households 401
Population in Familes 331
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 416
Diversity Index3 50


Median Household Income $27,910
Average Household Income $39,211
Per Capita Income $15,942


Total Housing Units 241 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 129 (53.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 32 (13.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 80 (33.2%)
Median Home Value $34,409
Average Home Value $52,734


Total Households 161
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 109
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 -0.93% -1.49%
Households -0.99% -1.54%
Families 0.13% -1.71%
Median Household Income   0.04%
Per Capita Income   1.44%

Northfork, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Northfork 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 # 267 34th
Population Density # 288 29th
Diversity Index # 6 99th
Median Household Income # 373 8th
Per Capita Income # 383 6th

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