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Nitro, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Nitro had a population of 7,052 as of July 1, 2017. Nitro ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Nitro is located at latitude 38.4116 and longitude -81.8078 in Kanawha County. The formal boundaries for the City of Nitro (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0.58 sq. miles. Kanawha County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 594 feet.

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

The City of Nitro (GNIS ID: 2390629) 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 Nitro is located within District 3, a minor civil division (MCD) of Kanawha County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Nitro 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 Nitro: Crawford City.

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


Total Population 7,052
Daytime Population: Workers 4,385
Daytime Population: Residents 3,623
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,008
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.14
Population in Households 7,042
Population in Familes 5,181
Population in Group Qrtrs 10
Population Density2 1,345
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $43,521
Average Household Income $57,348
Per Capita Income $26,167


Total Housing Units 3,461 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,880 (54.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,321 (38.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 261 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $89,154
Average Home Value $112,254


Total Households 3,200
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 1,840
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 -0.28% -0.47%
Households -0.25% -0.45%
Families -0.57% -0.63%
Median Household Income   0.26%
Per Capita Income   1.49%

Nitro, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nitro 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 # 23 95th
Population Density # 109 73rd
Diversity Index # 99 76th
Median Household Income # 106 74th
Per Capita Income # 65 84th

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