West Virginia Demographics

The total population of West Virginia is estimated to be 1.79 million with 894,772 males (49.90%) and 898,195 females (50.10%). There are 3,423 more females than males in West Virginia.
The median household income in West Virginia was $55,001 in 2021, which marked an an increase of 568(1.04%) from $54,433 in 2020. This income is 73.72% 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, West Virginia sees its highest median household income among householders in the age group of 45 to 64 years old, at $66,250. Overall, the median household income for the state of West Virginia stands at $54,329.
In West Virginia, the median income for all workers aged 15 years and older, regardless of work hours, was $37,407 for males and $24,791 for females. However, when specifically considering full-time, year-round workers within the same age group, the median income was $57,183 for males and $43,666 for females.
In West Virginia, the demographic landscape is diverse, spanning 6 distinct racial categories among households. Among these, Asian households have the highest median household income at $71,811, while American Indian and Alaska Native households represent the opposite end with the lowest median household income of $32,252.
In 2022, the population of West Virginia was 1,775,156, a 0.58% decrease year-by-year from 2021. Previously, in 2021, West Virginia's population was 1,785,526, a decline of 0.33% compared to a population of 1,791,420 in 2020.
The median age in West Virginia is 42.6, as per 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates. Of the total population, 16.75% were under the age of 15, 18.28% aged 15 to 29, 45.04% aged 30 to 64, 17.78% aged 65 to 84, and 2.14% were 85 years of age and older.
Racial distribution of West Virginia population: 92.08% are White, 3.39% are Black or African American, 0.11% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.77% are Asian, 0.04% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 0.53% are some other race and 3.08% are multiracial.