Population of West Virginia 2021
West Virginia has 1,852,994 residents (as of the 2010 Census), of which 93.9% are whites, 3.4% African American, 0.7% Asians, 0.2% Indians, and 1.2% Hispanics and Latinos of any ethnic group.
Only 1.1% of the state’s residents were born outside of the United States. This puts West Virginia in the bottom of the US statistics. In addition, the state has the smallest population of any US state who speaks any language other than English at home, at 2.7%.
The five largest groups whose ancestors had a certain nationality are: Americans (23.2%), Germans (17.2%), Irish (13.5%), English (12%) and Italians (4.8% ). Larger sections of the population of German origin have settled in northeastern West Virginia.
5.6% of the population of West Virginia are under 5 years old, 22.3% are under 18, and 15.3% are 65 years of age or older. The proportion of women in the total population is 51.4%.
In 2017, 38.1% of the population were severely overweight. This is the highest proportion of any state in the United States.
Top Counties by Population in West Virginia
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