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The City of Parsons had a population of 1,534 as of July 1, 2017. Parsons 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 Parsons is located at latitude 39.0946 and longitude -79.6786 in Tucker County. The formal boundaries for the City of Parsons (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.11 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Tucker County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,647 feet.

The City of Parsons (GNIS ID: 2390633) 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 Parsons is located within Black Fork District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Tucker County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Parsons 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 Parsons: The River City.

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


Total Population 1,534
Daytime Population: Workers 543
Daytime Population: Residents 897
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,440
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.94
Population in Households 1,534
Population in Familes 1,252
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,386
Diversity Index3 7


Median Household Income $36,126
Average Household Income $43,762
Per Capita Income $18,075


Total Housing Units 758 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 478 (63.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 166 (21.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 114 (15.0%)
Median Home Value $88,286
Average Home Value $107,479


Total Households 644
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 442
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 0.45% 0.07%
Households 0.35% -0.03%
Families 0.74% -0.14%
Median Household Income   0.81%
Per Capita Income   2.16%

Parsons, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Parsons 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 # 103 75th
Population Density # 103 75th
Diversity Index # 265 36th
Median Household Income # 259 36th
Per Capita Income # 347 15th

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