Population of West Virginia 2021

Population

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

Rank County Name Population Population Density (per kmĀ²)
1 Kanawha County 193,074 82.55
2 Berkeley County 104,180 125.37
3 Cabell County 96,330 131.96
4 Monongalia County 96,200 102.89
5 Wood County 86,967 91.45
6 Raleigh County 78,870 50.17
7 Harrison County 69,110 64.17
8 Mercer County 62,275 57.24
9 Marion County 56,429 70.27
10 Putnam County 55,497 61.94
11 Jefferson County 53,509 98.36
12 Fayette County 46,050 26.77
13 Ohio County 44,454 161.65
14 Wayne County 42,492 32.41
15 Logan County 36,754 31.25
16 Greenbrier County 35,491 13.42
17 Preston County 33,531 19.98
18 Marshall County 33,118 41.66
19 Hancock County 30,687 142.73
20 Randolph County 29,416 10.92
21 Jackson County 29,222 24.21
22 Mineral County 28,223 33.20
23 Mason County 27,335 24.43
24 Mingo County 26,850 24.50
25 Nicholas County 26,244 15.61
26 Boone County 24,640 18.91
27 Upshur County 24,265 26.40
28 Brooke County 24,080 104.24
29 Hampshire County 23,975 14.42
30 Wyoming County 23,807 18.34
31 McDowell County 22,124 15.96
32 Lincoln County 21,731 19.16
33 Morgan County 17,552 29.60
34 Taylor County 16,906 37.74
35 Barbour County 16,600 18.80
36 Wetzel County 16,594 17.84
37 Lewis County 16,383 16.25
38 Roane County 14,937 11.91
39 Braxton County 14,534 10.92
40 Hardy County 14,036 9.30
41 Summers County 13,938 14.91
42 Monroe County 13,513 11.03
43 Grant County 11,948 9.67
44 Ritchie County 10,460 8.89
45 Clay County 9,397 10.61
46 Tyler County 9,219 13.80
47 Webster County 9,165 6.36
48 Pocahontas County 8,730 3.59
49 Gilmer County 8,704 9.88
50 Doddridge County 8,213 9.91
51 Pendleton County 7,706 4.26
52 Calhoun County 7,638 10.49
53 Pleasants County 7,616 22.47
54 Tucker County 7,152 6.59
55 Wirt County 5,728 9.50

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