Wheeling, WV Profile: Facts & Data


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Wheeling, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Wheeling is the 5th largest city in West Virginia with a population of 27,906 as of July 1, 2018. Wheeling ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Wheeling is located at latitude 40.064 and longitude -80.7209 in Ohio County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wheeling (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.79 sq. miles and a water area of 2.22 sq. miles. Ohio County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 666 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Wheeling are located in Ohio County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Marshall County.

The City of Wheeling (GNIS ID: 2390672) 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 Wheeling is located within District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Ohio County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wheeling: Fort Fincastle, Fort Henry, Nail City, Weeling, Whealing, Wheelin, Zanesburg.

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


Total Population 27,906
Population in Households 26,615
Population in Familes 19,158
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,291
Population Density2 2,024
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $37,572
Average Household Income $56,030
Per Capita Income $25,990


Total Housing Units 14,698 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,223 (49.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,426 (36.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,049 (13.9%)
Median Home Value $105,224
Average Home Value $138,844


Total Households 12,649
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 6,794
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 -0.25% -0.39%
Households -0.16% -0.38%
Families -0.27% -0.52%
Median Household Income   1.11%
Per Capita Income   1.46%

Wheeling, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wheeling 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 # 5 99th
Population Density # 45 89th
Diversity Index # 57 86th
Median Household Income # 243 40th
Per Capita Income # 83 80th

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