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Parkersburg, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Parkersburg is the 4th largest city in West Virginia with a population of 30,242 as of July 1, 2020. Parkersburg 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 Parkersburg is located at latitude 39.2667 and longitude -81.5615 in Wood County. The formal boundaries for the City of Parkersburg encompass a land area of 11.78 sq. miles and a water area of 0.54 sq. miles. Wood County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 614 feet.

The City of Parkersburg (GNIS ID: 2390632) 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 Parkersburg is located within Parkersburg District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Wood County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Parkersburg: Neals Landing, Neals Station, Newport, Parkersburgh, Stokelyville, The Point.

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Parkersburg, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 30,242 (100%)
Population in Households 29,719 (98.3%)
Population in Families 21,647 (71.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 523 ( 1.7%)
Population Density 2,569
Diversity Index2 15
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $33,578
Average Household Income $48,796
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $21,514
Wealth Index5 41
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 15,371 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,139 (46.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,164 (40.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,068 (13.5%)
Median Home Value $91,438
Average Home Value $108,990
Housing Affordability Index3 218
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 13,303
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 7,567
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.37% -0.61%
Households -0.34% -0.58%
Families -0.62% -0.74%
Median Household Income   0.9%
Per Capita Income   1.31%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.77%

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Parkersburg, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Parkersburg to the other 404 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 4 99th
Population Density # 23 95th
Median Household Income # 301 26th
Housing Affordability Index # 130 32nd
Per Capita Income # 229 44th
Diversity Index # 96 77th

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