According to the most recent West Virginia demographics data available from the 2022 Census Bureau released in the American Community Survey in November of 2022, Figure 1 the state of depicts it has a Population 2021 of 1,801,049 which is the smallest as measured by population of all the other states in the local area. The state with the highest population in the group is Florida which depicts a population of 21,339,762 ( substantially bigger). Figure 3 uses the West Virginia population data for a comparison of the population growth/population change estimates from the years 2010 to 2021 and West Virginia depicts a decline of 51,945 (3%).
The total West Virginia greater area population percent change for all areas for the years from 2010 to 2021 is shown in Figure 4 and for West Virginia shows it has a Population Change of -2.8% which is in the center range of other states in the local area.
Looking at the West Virginia population density (measured as people per square mile) and providing comparisons to both the national and state average population density in Figure 5, West Virginia shows it has a Population Density of 75 which is in the mid range of other states in the metro area. The state with the highest population density in the group is District of Columbia which indicates a people per square mile of 11,190 ( appreciably bigger). Figure 6 provides West Virginia demographics for the overall median age for all people in the region and West Virginia depicts it has a Median Age of 42.6 which is at the top of all other states in the greater West Virginia region.
The next demographic analysis (Figure 7) looks at large generational West Virginia population groups (and can be useful internet research for employment related research or identifying areas with retirees). Key findings in this chart includes that West Virginia has the smallest proportion of people less than 20 years of age at 12.1% of the total. Second, it has the smallest proportion of people between 20 and 29 years old at 11.7% of the total. Third, it has the largest proportion of people between 50 and 59 yeasr old at 14.2% of the total and is ranked #1.
Figure 8 illustrates the overall diversity breakdown for West Virginia population and ethnicity groups in the area. (note: Hispanic/Latino is broken out separately in the next diagram and also the group denoted as Native ethnicity includes Native American, and Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.) West Virginia has the smallest proportion of White population at 3.4% of the total. Second, it has the smallest proportion of Black population at 0.8% of the total. Third, it has the smallest proportion of Asian population at 0.1% of the total. Also, it has the smallest proportion of Native population at 3.6% of the total. Figure 9 shows the West Virginia Hispanic (including non Hispanic whites) population household ethnicity in the region and West Virginia shows it has a Hispanic or Latino of 1.7% which is in the mid range of other states in the metropolitan area.
The State of West Virginia Families and Marital Status Charts
Figure 10 shows the detailed marriage characteristics broken down by %residents who are married, never married, single, divorced, and widowed. West Virginia has the smallest proportion of total percent married at 29% of the total. Second, it has the largest proportion of never married percent at 14% of the total and is ranked #1. Third, it has the largest proportion of percent divorced at 8% of the total and is ranked #1. Figure 11 compares the average household size using the average number of people in a family for West Virginia households. West Virginia depicts it has a Family Size of 3.2 which is less than most other states in the local area. The state with the highest average family size in the group is Georgia which depicts an average family size of 3.4 (only about 5.8% larger).
Looking at West Virginia households that are headed by a husband and wife as a percent of all families in Figure 12, West Virginia shows it has a Married-couple family of 76% which is the most of all states in the greater West Virginia region.
The next section of charts provide a detailed look at mothers and baby births that occurred over the past 12 months. Figure 13 shows the rate of women aged 15 to 50 years old who have given birth. West Virginia indicates it has a Birth Rate of 4.8% which is the smallest in order of percent of women who gave birth of all the other states in the surrounding region. The state with the highest percent of women who gave birth in the group is South Carolina which depicts a birth rate of 5.4% (12.9% larger). Figure 14 shows the breakdown of the mother's age for all baby births that occurred in the last 12 months and it has the largest proportion of percent of births to mothers aged 15 to 19 at 23% of the total and is ranked #1. Second, it has the smallest proportion of percent of births to mothers aged 30 to 34 at 10% of the total.
The next set of demographic data looks at the marital status for West Virginia households which is useful for internet research. Figure 16 compares the total number of single people in each area. West Virginia depicts it has a Total Single People of 50% which is the second smallest when sorted by percent of people who are single for any reason of all the other states in the local area. The state with the highest percent of people who are single for any reason in the group is District of Columbia which shows a percent single of 67% (35.0% larger).
The State of West Virginia Citizenship Demographics Charts
The next section of demographic information provides detailed data West Virginia residents including: immigrants, citizenship, immigration, country of origin, non citizens and more. To start, Figure 17 shows a high level view of citizenship. West Virginia has the smallest proportion of citizens born In US at 1% of the total. Second, it has the smallest proportion of citizens by naturalization at 1% of the total. The next diagram (Figure 18) shows the year of entry that non citizens entered the United States. The year of entry can show the rate of flow at various points of time in the past for when they entered the U.S. it has the largest proportion of non citizens who entered the US after 2010 at 57% of the total and is ranked #1. Second, it has the smallest proportion of non citizens who entered the US between 2000 to 2009 at 22% of the total.
The State of West Virginia Birthplace Demographic Charts
Figure 19 looks at the detailed country of origin demographic research for foreign-born people in this place. Click column to sort.
For comparison purposes, Figure 20 shows detailed statistic data for the entire United States. In particular, this diagram breaks down the detailed country of origin foreign-born people in the entire U.S. in order to compare with the data provided in the prior diagram which shows only for the local area. Both this diagram and the prior diagram are sorted the same way to facilitate comparison between the two. Click column to sort.
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Census Designated Place or "CDP")
and Census County Division "CCD".)
For comparison purposes, the US national average and the state average value are provided. Additionally, the "Combined Statistical Area" or CSA is shown that is closest to the city, county, or zip code shown. A CSA is a large grouping of adjacent metropolitan areas that identified by the Census Bureau based on social and economic ties. (See: Combined Statistical Area)
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