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Welch, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Welch had a population of 3,202 as of July 1, 2018. Welch 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 Welch is located at latitude 37.4281 and longitude -81.5914 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the City of Welch (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.04 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,319 feet.

The City of Welch (GNIS ID: 2390667) 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 Welch is located within Browns Creek District, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

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


Total Population 3,202
Population in Households 2,279
Population in Familes 1,738
Population in Group Qrtrs 923
Population Density2 530
Diversity Index3 46


Median Household Income $32,753
Average Household Income $45,975
Per Capita Income $19,429


Total Housing Units 1,289 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 679 (52.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 281 (21.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 329 (25.5%)
Median Home Value $46,380
Average Home Value $65,611


Total Households 960
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 576
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 3.53% -0.54%
Households -0.3% -0.78%
Families 0.47% -0.92%
Median Household Income   0.77%
Per Capita Income   0.91%

Welch, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Welch to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs 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 # 50 88th
Population Density # 253 38th
Diversity Index # 10 98th
Median Household Income # 320 21st
Per Capita Income # 316 22nd

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