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Terra Alta, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Terra Alta had a population of 1,529 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Terra Alta is located at latitude 39.4443 and longitude -79.5436 in Preston County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Terra Alta (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Preston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,582 feet.

The Town of Terra Alta (GNIS ID: 2391442) 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 Terra Alta is located within Fourth District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Preston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Terra Alta population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Terra Alta: Cranberry, Cranberry Station, Cranberry Summit, Green Glades, Portland, Salt Lick, Salt Lick Falls.

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Terra Alta, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,529
Daytime Population: Workers 493
Daytime Population: Residents 864
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,357
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.89
Population in Households 1,451
Population in Familes 1,151
Population in Group Qrtrs 78
Population Density2 1,289
Diversity Index3 6


Median Household Income $35,353
Average Household Income $41,951
Per Capita Income $17,119


Total Housing Units 700 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 450 (64.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 183 (26.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 68 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $81,767
Average Home Value $109,922


Total Households 632
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 418
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.48% 0.29%
Households 0.49% 0.31%
Families 0.82% 0.24%
Median Household Income   0.05%
Per Capita Income   1.52%

Terra Alta, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Terra Alta to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 104 75th
Population Density # 113 72nd
Diversity Index # 299 26th
Median Household Income # 273 33rd
Per Capita Income # 367 10th

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