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Sophia, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Sophia had a population of 1,329 as of July 1, 2017. Sophia ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sophia is located at latitude 37.7073 and longitude -81.2536 in Raleigh County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Sophia (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.7 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Raleigh County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,320 feet.

The Town of Sophia (GNIS ID: 2391419) 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 Sophia is located within District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Raleigh County.

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

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


Total Population 1,329
Daytime Population: Workers 1,097
Daytime Population: Residents 888
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,985
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.49
Population in Households 1,329
Population in Familes 1,070
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,904
Diversity Index3 8


Median Household Income $38,089
Average Household Income $46,059
Per Capita Income $19,616


Total Housing Units 661 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 405 (61.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 175 (26.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 80 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $74,365
Average Home Value $83,911


Total Households 581
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 386
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 -0.15% -0.32%
Households -0.21% -0.38%
Families -0.18% -0.47%
Median Household Income   0.08%
Per Capita Income   1.41%

Sophia, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sophia 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 # 124 70th
Population Density # 55 87th
Diversity Index # 224 45th
Median Household Income # 218 46th
Per Capita Income # 292 28th

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