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Summersville, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Summersville had a population of 3,505 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Summersville is located at latitude 38.2812 and longitude -80.8526 in Nicholas County. The formal boundaries for the City of Summersville encompass a land area of 4.45 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Nicholas County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,880 feet.

The City of Summersville (GNIS ID: 2391433) 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 Summersville is located within Summersville District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Nicholas County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Summersville: Nicholas Court House, Somerville.


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


Total Population 3,505 (100%)
Population in Households 3,445 (98.3%)
Population in Families 2,636 (75.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 60 ( 1.7%)
Population Density 781
Diversity Index2 9


Median Household Income $37,711
Average Household Income $58,369
% of Income for Mortgage4 16%
Per Capita Income $26,535
Wealth Index5 49


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,784 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,001 (56.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 622 (34.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 160 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $141,717
Average Home Value $158,716
Housing Affordability Index3 168


Total Households 1,624
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 974
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 -0.18% -0.51%
Households -0.1% -0.5%
Families 0.0% -0.6%
Median Household Income   0.98%
Per Capita Income   1.48%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.44%


Summersville, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Summersville 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 # 43 90th
Population Density # 194 52nd
Median Household Income # 222 45th
Housing Affordability Index # 59 15th
Per Capita Income # 87 79th
Diversity Index # 198 51st

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