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Cairo, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Cairo had a population of 268 as of July 1, 2017. Cairo ranks in the lower 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 Cairo is located at latitude 39.2073 and longitude -81.1537 in Ritchie County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Cairo (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.47 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Ritchie County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 653 feet.

The Town of Cairo (GNIS ID: 2390764) 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 Cairo is located within Grant District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Ritchie County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cairo 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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Cairo, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 268
Daytime Population: Workers 72
Daytime Population: Residents 160
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 232
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.87
Population in Households 268
Population in Familes 221
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 567
Diversity Index3 2


Median Household Income $38,691
Average Household Income $47,384
Per Capita Income $19,544


Total Housing Units 151 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 92 (60.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 20 (13.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 39 (25.8%)
Median Home Value $95,192
Average Home Value $112,366


Total Households 112
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 77
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 -0.65% -0.6%
Households -0.72% -0.54%
Families 1.13% -0.79%
Median Household Income   1.6%
Per Capita Income   2.36%

Cairo, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cairo 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 # 315 22nd
Population Density # 242 40th
Diversity Index # 397 2nd
Median Household Income # 201 51st
Per Capita Income # 295 27th

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