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As of 2010-2014, the total population of West Virginia is 1,853,881, which is 2.52% more than it was in 2000. The population growth rate is much lower than the national average rate of 11.61%. The West Virginia population density is 76.51 people per square mile, which is about the same as the national average density of 82.73 people per square mile. The most prevalent race in West Virginia is white, which represent 93.63% of the total population. The average West Virginia education level is lower than the national average.

Topics:Population GrowthPopulation DensityPopulation by RacesPopulation by First AncestryPopulation by GenderPopulation by AgeEducationSchool EnrollmentHousehold and FamilyMarital StatusPlace of Birth and CitizenshipLanguage

Population in 2010-2014: 1,853,881. #38

Population Growth Since 2000, #48

West Virginia

Population Density, #30

West Virginia
76.51 per square mile
82.73 per square mile

Population by Races

White:1,735,816 (93.63%, #4)
Black:59,129 (3.19%, #38)
Hispanic:24,061 (1.30%, #51)
Asian:13,144 (0.71%, #50)
Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, Hawaiian Native, etc.):3,720 (0.20%, #51)
One Race, Other:5,151 (0.28%, see rank)
Two or More Races:36,921 (1.99%, see rank)

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical race data.

Population by First Ancestry

1,319,517 (71.18%) out of the total population of 1,853,881 reported first ancestry.

 West Virginia% of the Total PopulationU.S.
Arab6,4410.35%, see rank0.56%
Czech3,6850.20%, see rank0.47%
Danish1,2430.07%, see rank0.42%
Dutch36,7591.98%, see rank1.40%
English211,07311.39%, see rank8.02%
French31,9641.72%, see rank3.34%
German331,62917.89%, see rank15.03%
Greek5,2010.28%, see rank0.41%
Hungarian9,0080.49%, see rank0.46%
Irish270,11414.57%, see rank10.80%
Italian84,8934.58%, see rank5.52%
Norwegian4,2420.23%, see rank1.42%
Polish36,3941.96%, see rank3.01%
Portuguese1,2440.07%, see rank0.44%
Russian6,6540.36%, see rank0.92%
Scotch-Irish38,1302.06%, see rank0.99%
Scottish39,2112.12%, see rank1.72%
Subsaharan African4,5590.25%, see rank0.95%
Swedish7,2380.39%, see rank1.27%
Swiss3,9520.21%, see rank0.30%
Ukrainian2,0130.11%, see rank0.31%
American241,54313.03%, see rank7.12%
Welsh13,7710.74%, see rank0.57%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical first ancestry data.

Population by Gender

Male: 914,580 (49.33%, see rank)
Females: 939,301 (50.67%, see rank)

West Virginia
Male: 49.33%
Female: 50.67%
Male: 49.19%
Female: 50.81%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical gender data.

Population by Age

Median Age (see rank)
West Virginia
41.60 years old
37.40 years old

Median Age, Male (see rank)
West Virginia
40.40 years old
36.10 years old

Median Age, Female (see rank)
West Virginia
42.90 years old
38.80 years old

 West Virginia% of the Total PopulationU.S.
Under 5 years103,0445.56%, see rank6.36%
5 to 9 years105,7965.71%, see rank6.51%
10 to 14 years108,4085.85%, see rank6.59%
15 to 19 years114,7696.19%, see rank6.85%
20 to 24 years123,2506.65%, see rank7.13%
25 to 34 years219,56711.84%, see rank13.47%
35 to 44 years233,37512.59%, see rank12.96%
45 to 54 years263,35014.21%, see rank14.09%
55 to 64 years270,69714.60%, see rank12.29%
65 to 74 years175,7259.48%, see rank7.64%
75 to 84 98,0225.29%, see rank4.25%
85 years and over37,8782.04%, see rank1.85%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical age data.

Education for the 25 Years and Over

 West Virginia%U.S.
Total 25 Years and Over Population1,298,614100%209,056,129
Less Than High School202,17115.57%, see rank13.67%
High School Graduate531,30540.91%, see rank27.95%
Some College or Associate Degree321,67224.77%, see rank29.09%
Bachelor Degree150,40611.58%, see rank18.27%
Master, Doctorate, or Professional Degree93,0607.17%, see rank11.01%
USA.com Education Index#12.84, see rank-13.54
# Higher USA.com Education Index means more educated population.

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical education level data.

School Enrollment

 West Virginia U.S.
Total PublicPrivatePublicPrivate
Nursery School, Preschool, Kindergarten43,04484.64%15.36%71.30%28.70%
Elementary School (Grades 1-8)172,27193.32%, see rank6.68%, see rank89.86%10.14%
High School (Grades 9-12)85,99893.47%, see rank6.53%, see rank90.60%9.40%
College94,70983.79%, see rank16.21%, see rank78.37%21.63%
Graduate School20,06779.56%, see rank20.44%, see rank58.86%41.14%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical school enrollment data.

Household and Family

 West Virginia%U.S.
Total Households742,359100%116,211,092
Average Household Size2.43, see rank-2.63
1 Person Households222,08829.92%, see rank27.57%
2 or More Person Households520,27170.08%, see rank72.43%
Family Households (Families)481,81264.90%, see rank66.22%
Average Family Size3.08, see rank-3.32
Married-Couple Family365,21349.20%, see rank48.42%
Nonfamily Households260,54735.10%, see rank33.78%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical household and family data.

Marital Status of 15 Years and Over

 West Virginia%U.S.
15 Years and Over Total1,536,633see rank252,974,135
Males, 15 Years and Over752,192100%, see rank123,281,364
Never Married232,43630.90%, see rank35.77%
Married401,56353.39%, see rank52.04%
Widowed25,3653.37%, see rank2.57%
Divorced92,82812.34%, see rank9.62%
Females, 15 Years and Over784,441100%, see rank129,692,771
Never Married183,01523.33%, see rank29.48%
Married398,56450.81%, see rank49.19%
Widowed96,04912.24%, see rank9.16%
Divorced106,81313.62%, see rank12.16%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical marital status data.

Place of Birth and Citizenship

 West Virginia%U.S.
Native1,826,34198.51%, see rank86.93%
Born in the State of Residence1,301,69370.21%, see rank58.73%
Born in Different State516,00727.83%, see rank26.78%
Born in Puerto Rico, U.S. Island Areas,
or Born Abroad to American Parent(s)
8,6410.47%, see rank1.42%
Foreign Born27,5401.49%, see rank13.07%
Foreign Born with U.S. Citizenship12,9690.70%, see rank5.99%
Foreign Born without U.S. Citizenship14,5710.79%, see rank7.09%
Born In Europe5,0720.27%, see rank1.53%
Born In Asia12,0050.65%, see rank3.82%
Born In Africa1,8280.10%, see rank0.55%
Born In Oceania1710.01%, see rank0.07%
Born In Latin America7,1110.38%, see rank6.83%
Born In Northern America1,3530.07%, see rank0.26%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical place of birth and citizenship data.

Language Spoken at Home

 West Virginia%U.S.
English718,22496.75%, see rank79.39%
Spanish10,6241.43%, see rank11.75%
Other Indo-European Languages7,9321.07%, see rank4.52%
Asian and Pacific Islander Languages4,0130.54%, see rank3.36%
Other1,5660.21%, see rank0.99%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical language spoken at home data.

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