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Buckhannon, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Buckhannon had a population of 6,122 as of July 1, 2018. Buckhannon ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Buckhannon is located at latitude 38.9928 and longitude -80.2266 in Upshur County. The formal boundaries for the City of Buckhannon (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.83 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Upshur County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,430 feet.

The City of Buckhannon (GNIS ID: 2390570) 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 Buckhannon is located within First District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Upshur County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Buckhannon population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Buckhannon: Buchanon, Buckhannon Town, Buckwheat, Bush Fort.

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Buckhannon, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 6,122
Population in Households 5,030
Population in Familes 3,592
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,092
Population Density2 2,161
Diversity Index3 19


Median Household Income $38,220
Average Household Income $61,288
Per Capita Income $25,198


Total Housing Units 2,638 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,219 (46.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,127 (42.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 292 (11.1%)
Median Home Value $137,548
Average Home Value $153,425


Total Households 2,346
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 1,269
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 1.0% 0.7%
Households 1.07% 0.81%
Families 1.21% 0.71%
Median Household Income   0.11%
Per Capita Income   0.53%

Buckhannon, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Buckhannon to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 28 93rd
Population Density # 37 91st
Diversity Index # 61 85th
Median Household Income # 229 44th
Per Capita Income # 98 76th

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