Kanawha County, WV Demographics

The total population of Kanawha County is estimated to be 179,895 with 87,343 males (48.55%) and 92,552 females (51.45%). There are 5,209 more females than males in Kanawha County.
The median household income in Kanawha County was $54,666 in 2021, which marked an an increase of 1,270(2.38%) from $53,396 in 2020. This income is 73.27% of the U.S. median household income of $74,606 (all incomes in 2022 inflation-adjusted dollars).
Per the latest American Community Survey by the Census Bureau, Kanawha County sees its highest median household income among householders in the age group of 45 to 64 years old, at $67,591. Overall, the median household income for the county of Kanawha County stands at $55,215.
In Kanawha County, the median income for all workers aged 15 years and older, regardless of work hours, was $40,650 for males and $29,510 for females. However, when specifically considering full-time, year-round workers within the same age group, the median income was $62,169 for males and $45,297 for females.
In Kanawha County, the demographic landscape is diverse, spanning 5 distinct racial categories among households. Among these, Asian households have the highest median household income at $93,835, while Some Other Race households represent the opposite end with the lowest median household income of $2,499.
In 2022, the population of Kanawha County was 175,515, a 1.39% decrease year-by-year from 2021. Previously, in 2021, Kanawha County's population was 177,993, a decline of 1.23% compared to a population of 180,217 in 2020.
The median age in Kanawha County, WV is 43.5, as per 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates. Of the total population, 16.59% were under the age of 15, 17.28% aged 15 to 29, 45.47% aged 30 to 64, 17.96% aged 65 to 84, and 2.71% were 85 years of age and older.
Racial distribution of Kanawha County population: 87.74% are White, 6.80% are Black or African American, 0.12% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.17% are Asian, 0.10% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 0.20% are some other race and 3.88% are multiracial.