West Virginia PopulationWest Virginia (U.S. abbreviation WV) is located in southern region of United States, borders Maryland to the east, Virginia to the southeast, Pennsylvania to the north, Kentucky to the southwest and Ohio to the northwest. West Virginia population in 2023 is 1.76 million, it is 38th populous state in the US. Its area is 24,230 square miles (62,755 sq km), 41st largest state by area rank, population decreased by 18,599 people since from the last census. West Virginia is formed after breaking away with Virginia and admitted to union in 1863. Organ Cave is the largest natural cave in West Virginia and the third largest cave in the US. West Virginia is located within the Appalachian Region, and the state is mostly mountainous and is a coal rich state and nickname is Mountain state.
- Population by Race
- Top Cities of West Virginia
- Population Pyramid
- Counties of West Virginia
July 1, 2020
West Virginia Population by Race
According to 2017 demographics estimates population of West Virginia by race are: 93.3% are White Americans, followed by 3.56% are Black Americans, 0.181 are AIAN, 0.77% are Asian population, 0.03% are NHPI and 1.47% are Hispanic/Latino.
White population in West Virginia are 1,714,591, percentage wise 93.34 percent are whites. Whites, also called White Americans or European American, having origins in the original peoples of Europe (numbers include hispanic whites).
Black population in West Virginia are 65,300, percentage wise 3.56 percent are blacks. African American refers to black population in West Virginia, They are Black racial groups of Africa, includes Sub-Saharan African people, Kenyan, Nigerian, Caribbean such as Haitian and Jamaican.
Asian population in West Virginia are 14,096, percentage wise 0.77 percent are asians, out of these 3,811 are Asian Indians, 3,202 are Chinese, 2,610 are Filipinos, 650 are Japanese, 1,036 are Korean, 1,114 are Vietnamese and 1,673 are other Asian nationals.
Hispanic population in West Virginia are 27,021. Percentage wise 1.47 percent are hispanics, out of these 11,928 are Mexican people, 5,747 are Puerto Ricans, 1,409 are Cubans, and 7,937 are other Hispanic or Latinos. Hispanics may be of any race, included in applicable race categories.
541 are NHPI, of these 293 are Native Hawaiians, 20 are Guamanian or Chamorro, 160 are Samoans. Natives include 1,480 of Cherokee people, 56 are Chippewa, 9 are Navajo and 137 are Sioux tribal grouping.
|Black or African American||65,300||3.56%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||3,322||0.181%|
|Cherokee tribal grouping||1,480||0.081%|
|Chippewa tribal grouping||56||0.003%|
|Navajo tribal grouping||9||0.000%|
|Sioux tribal grouping||137||0.007%|
|Other Asian Population||1,673|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||541||0.03%|
|Guamanian or Chamorro||20||0.001%|
|Other Pacific Islander||68|
|Some other race||7,193|
|Hispanic or Latino||27,021||1.47%|
|Other Hispanic or Latino||7,937|
Top Cities of West Virginia
The top populous cities of West Virginia as on 2018 census estimates are Charleston with 47,215, Huntington, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling. West Virginia Zip code starts with two.
West Virginia population pyramid chart according to 2021 census estimates.
West Virginia Population by Age
According to 2019 US population estimates, population of West Virginia by age is 1,836,843, out of these 907,621 are male, 929,222 are female, The sex ratio of West Virginia is 977. The West Virginia population by age are, under 15 years is 311,432, 15 years and over is 1,525,411, 30 years and over is 1,184,092, 65 years and over is 336,326 and 85 years and over is 39,524. 49.41 percent are male, 50.59 percent are female, 16.95 percent are under 15 years old, 83.05 percent are 15 years and over, 64.46 percent are 30 years and over, 18.31 percent are 65 years and over, 2.15 percent are 85 years and over.
Languages spoken in WV
|Speak only English||1,693,131||97.54|
West Virginia Education
West Virginia education stats of high school and university as per table below.
|Population 18 to 24 years||166,309||85,567||80,742|
|Less than high school graduate||20,648||11,215||9,433|
|High school graduate (includes equivalency)||61,149||35,971||25,178|
|Some college or associates degree||71,820||33,811||38,009|
|Bachelors degree or higher||12,692||4,570||8,122|
|Population 25 years and over||1,293,665||629,027||664,638|
|Less than 9th grade||60,839||32,829||28,010|
|9th to 12th grade, no diploma||121,235||63,264||57,971|
|High school graduate (includes equivalency)||524,710||266,128||258,582|
|Some college, no degree||239,718||111,757||127,961|
|Graduate or professional degree||101,998||47,414||54,584|
|High school graduate or higher||1,040,538||495,974||544,564|
|Bachelors degree or higher||237,820||111,707||126,113|
|Black or African||42,686||23,528||19,158|
|High school graduate or higher||37,905||20,666||17,239|
|Bachelors degree or higher||6,907||3,704||3,203|
|American Indian or Alaska Native alone||2,557||1,192||1,365|
|High school graduate or higher||1,830||811||1,019|
|Bachelors degree or higher||366||132||234|
|High school graduate or higher||8,929||4,329||4,600|
|Bachelors degree or higher||6,136||3,314||2,822|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||401||158||243|
|High school graduate or higher||350||134||216|
|Bachelors degree or higher||17||13||4|
|Hispanic or Latino Origin||14,648||7,864||6,784|
|High school graduate or higher||11,646||5,988||5,658|
|Bachelors degree or higher||3,016||1,517||1,499|
The West Virginia disable population as per the types of Hearing/Vision/Cognitive/Ambulatory difficulty.
|Total civilian non-institutionalized population||356,167|
|Black or African American||10,108|
|American Indian and Alaska Native alone||1,348|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||121|
|Some other race||830|
|With a hearing difficulty||113,496|
|With a vision difficulty||74,327|
|With a cognitive difficulty||134,165|
|With an ambulatory difficulty||200,842|
|With a self-care difficulty||70,370|
|With an independent living difficulty||126,349|
Counties of West Virginia
West Virginia state is divided into 55 counties, Kanawha County is the most populous with 180,454, Berkeley County with 117,123, Monongalia County with 106,420, Cabell County with 93,224, Wood County with 84,203. The least populous county is Wirt County with 5,830.
|County||Population 2017||Population 2018||% Change||Rank 2017||Rank 2018|
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