Birch River, WV 26610 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 26610: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Birch River, WV 26610

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • County: Nicholas County
  • Centroid: Latitude 38.477, Longitude -80.761
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

ZIP Code 26610 has segments in 2 Counties (Nicholas, Webster).

  • Businesses Addresses: 14
  • PO Box Addresses: 168
  • Residential Addresses: 369
    • Multi-Family Addresses: 0
    • Single Family Addresses: 369

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Database updated: July 1, 2020, Maps updated: May 1, 2020.


Birch River, WV 26610 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,014 (100%)
Population in Households 1,010 (99.6%)
Population in Families 837 (82.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 4 ( 0.4%)
Population Density 13
Diversity Index2 7


Median Household Income $36,109
Average Household Income $42,490
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $17,478
Wealth Index5 33


Total HU (Housing Units) 504 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 317 (62.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 100 (19.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 87 (17.3%)
Median Home Value $95,690
Average Home Value $142,114
Housing Affordability Index3 248


Total Households 417
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 295
Average Family Size 3
  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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.04% -0.44%
Households 0.07% -0.34%
Families -0.07% -0.41%
Median Household Income   0.19%
Per Capita Income   1.1%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.45%

Birch River, WV 26610 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 26610 to the other 668 ZIP Codes 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 # 324 52nd
Population Density # 598 11th
Median Household Income # 448 33rd
Housing Affordability Index # 357 53rd
Per Capita Income # 585 13th
Diversity Index # 344 50th

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