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Terra Alta, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Terra Alta had a population of 1,569 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Terra Alta is located at latitude 39.4456 and longitude -79.5464 in Preston County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Terra Alta 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.


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


Total Population 1,569 (100%)
Population in Households 1,497 (95.4%)
Population in Families 1,183 (75.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 72 ( 4.6%)
Population Density 1,324
Diversity Index2 7


Median Household Income $34,305
Average Household Income $44,192
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $17,535
Wealth Index5 38


Total HU (Housing Units) 758 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 486 (64.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 170 (22.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 102 (13.5%)
Median Home Value $80,899
Average Home Value $117,798
Housing Affordability Index3 268


Total Households 656
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 432
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 0.59% 0.19%
Households 0.71% 0.27%
Families 0.9% 0.18%
Median Household Income   0.68%
Per Capita Income   1.41%
Owner Occupied HU   0.2%


Terra Alta, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Terra Alta 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 # 100 75th
Population Density # 106 74th
Median Household Income # 291 28th
Housing Affordability Index # 233 58th
Per Capita Income # 357 12th
Diversity Index # 275 31st

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