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Cowen, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Cowen had a population of 515 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Cowen is located at latitude 38.4106 and longitude -80.5539 in Webster County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Cowen (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.63 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Webster County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,270 feet.

The Town of Cowen (GNIS ID: 2390814) 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 Cowen is located within Southern District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Webster County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cowen 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 Cowen: Cowan, The Savannah of the Mountains.

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


Total Population 515
Daytime Population: Workers 427
Daytime Population: Residents 315
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 742
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.44
Population in Households 513
Population in Familes 427
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density2 819
Diversity Index3 7


Median Household Income $38,242
Average Household Income $54,889
Per Capita Income $22,452


Total Housing Units 274 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 169 (61.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 49 (17.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 56 (20.4%)
Median Home Value $63,125
Average Home Value $86,243


Total Households 218
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 153
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 -0.68% -0.99%
Households -0.74% -1.03%
Families -0.27% -1.21%
Median Household Income   1.19%
Per Capita Income   3.11%

Cowen, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cowen 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 # 241 41st
Population Density # 189 54th
Diversity Index # 238 41st
Median Household Income # 211 48th
Per Capita Income # 164 60th

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