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Terra Alta, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Terra Alta had a population of 1,550 as of July 1, 2018.

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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 1,550
Population in Households 1,475
Population in Familes 1,167
Population in Group Qrtrs 75
Population Density2 1,307
Diversity Index3 6


Median Household Income $35,231
Average Household Income $42,979
Per Capita Income $17,494


Total Housing Units 734 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 462 (62.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 178 (24.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 94 (12.8%)
Median Home Value $85,741
Average Home Value $125,486


Total Households 640
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 424
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 0.59% 0.47%
Households 0.58% 0.43%
Families 0.89% 0.33%
Median Household Income   0.9%
Per Capita Income   2.23%

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, 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 # 104 75th
Population Density # 113 72nd
Diversity Index # 297 28th
Median Household Income # 286 30th
Per Capita Income # 365 10th

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