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Elk Garden, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Elk Garden had a population of 227 as of July 1, 2020. Elk Garden ranks in the lower 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 Elk Garden is located at latitude 39.3834 and longitude -79.1542 in Mineral County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Elk Garden encompass a land area of 0.26 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Mineral County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,293 feet.

The Town of Elk Garden (GNIS ID: 2390165) 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 Elk Garden is located within District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Mineral County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Elk Garden: Elk Pond.


Elk Garden, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 227 (100%)
Population in Households 227 (100.0%)
Population in Families 190 (83.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 881
Diversity Index2 4


Median Household Income $32,198
Average Household Income $43,488
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $16,921
Wealth Index5 35


Total HU (Housing Units) 109 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 71 (65.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 19 (17.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 19 (17.4%)
Median Home Value $78,125
Average Home Value $93,056
Housing Affordability Index3 264


Total Households 90
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 67
Average Family Size 3
  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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.21% -0.44%
Households -0.21% -0.45%
Families -0.29% -0.6%
Median Household Income   1.42%
Per Capita Income   1.63%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.57%


Elk Garden, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Elk Garden to the other 404 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 334 18th
Population Density # 176 57th
Median Household Income # 319 21st
Housing Affordability Index # 226 56th
Per Capita Income # 373 8th
Diversity Index # 358 12th

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