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War, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of War had a population of 595 as of July 1, 2023.

The primary coordinate point for War is located at latitude 37.3012 and longitude -81.6909 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the City of War encompass a land area of 0.89 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5).

The City of War 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 War is located within Big Creek District, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

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War, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 595 (100%)
Population in Households 595 (100.0%)
Population in Families 473 (79.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 668
Diversity Index2 18


Median Household Income $26,304
Average Household Income $41,067
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $19,050
Wealth Index5 27
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Low (36.0)


Total HU (Housing Units) 354 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 235 (66.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 41 (11.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 78 (22.0%)
Median Home Value $47,379
Average Home Value $140,957
Housing Affordability Index3 227


Total Households 276
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 169
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population -1.40% -1.49%
Households -1.20% -1.11%
Families   -0.60%
Median Household Income   0.41%
Per Capita Income   2.19%
Owner Occupied HU   -2.13%

War, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares War to the other 439 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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 # 196 56th
Population Density # 210 52nd
Median Household Income # 422 4th
Housing Affordability Index # 362 82nd
Per Capita Income # 390 11th
Diversity Index # 155 64th

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