Beckley, West Virginia Population 2019

Beckley, West Virginia's estimated population is 16,183 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Beckley, West Virginia is the 9th largest city in West Virginia based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 1703.42 people/mi² (657.69 people/km²).

The overall median age is 40.3 years, 37.8 years for males, and 43.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 86.5 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 8,516 households in the city, with an average size of 2.2 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.1%, with a median rent of $646/month. The median house has 5.6 rooms, and has a value of $114,300.

The median income for households in Beckley, West Virginia is $39,695, while the mean household income is $56,257.

Beckley Wv Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Beckley Wv was:

  • White: 70.75%
  • Black or African American: 22.17%
  • Asian: 2.90%
  • Two or more races: 2.41%
  • Other race: 0.82%
  • Native American: 0.72%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.23%
LatLng(37.7782, -81.1882)
Rank in State9th
StateWest Virginia
CountyRaleigh County
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Land Area (km²)24.61 (9.50 mi²)
Water Area (km²)0.03 (0.01 mi²)
TypeCity
GEOID5405332
Density (km²)657.69
Density (mi²)1,703.42
Area Code(s)304
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201816,183-228-1.39%
201716,411-318-1.90%
201616,729-257-1.51%
201516,986-236-1.37%
201417,222-210-1.20%
201317,432-160-0.91%
201217,592-75-0.42%
201117,667260.15%
201017,6413870.22%
200017,254-1,042-0.58%
199018,296-2,196-1.13%
198020,4926080.30%
197019,8841,2420.65%
196018,642-755-0.40%
195019,3976,5454.20%
194012,8523,4953.22%
19309,3575,2088.47%
19204,1490.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018117,272-1,367-1.17%
2017118,639-1,818-1.53%
2016120,457-1,620-1.34%
2015122,077-1,269-1.04%
2014123,346-1,014-0.82%
2013124,360-750-0.60%
2012125,110-143-0.11%
2011125,2533040.24%
2010124,9490.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White12,002
Black or African American3,760
Asian492
Two or More Races409
Some Other Race139
American Indian and Alaska Native122
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander39

Beckley Wv Population Pyramid 2019

Beckley Wv Median Age

40.3


Total

37.8


Male

43.5


Female

Beckley Wv Adults

There are 13,487 adults, (3,293 of whom are seniors) in Beckley Wv.

Beckley Wv Age Dependency

66.4

Age Dependency Ratio

32.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Beckley Wv Sex Ratio

Female

9,096

53.62%

Male

7,867

46.38%

Beckley Wv Households and Families

Beckley Wv Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Beckley Wv Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.9%18.1%
Male74%26%
All59.4%40.6%
Non Family44.9%55.1%
Female38%62%

59.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,4082.259.4
Non Family3,1611.244.9
Married2,8612.9281.9
Female1,0822.938
Male3043.4374

2.86

Average Family Size

2.2

Average Household Size

5.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Beckley Wv Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6004.78%
9th to 12th Grade1,0738.54%
High School Graduate3,91831.20%
Some College2,79422.25%
Associates Degree9137.27%
Bachelors Degree2,25217.93%
Graduate Degree1,0098.03%

Beckley Wv Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White9,0537,8982,556
Black2,5502,156317
Asian466450355
Multiple Races18613419
Hispanic16113914
Native American12271
Other Race999914
Islander3939

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 76.18%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,964$35,676$26,127
Less Than High School$15,660$18,849$14,113
High School Grad$21,943$24,344$21,076
Some College$28,470$38,317$25,489
Bachelors Degree$37,347$43,750$35,417
Graduate Degree$54,485$68,906$43,399

$28,964

Average Earnings

$35,676

Average Male

$26,127

Average Female

Beckley Wv Language

Beckley Wv Language by Age

Beckley Wv Language

94.69% of Beckley Wv residents speak only English, while 5.31% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.77% of the population.

Beckley Wv Poverty

Beckley Wv Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White11,5852,00017.26%
Black3,7091,18431.92%
Multiple3797620.05%
Asian4925310.77%
Native1222822.95%

20.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.38%

Male Poverty Rate

22.69%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Beckley Wv

The race most likely to be in poverty in Beckley Wv is Black, with 31.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Beckley Wv is Asian, with 10.77% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.60%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.58%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.28%
High School23.62%
Some College16.69%
Bachelors or Greater5.70%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed71.50%
Male Unemployed42.13%
Female Employed11.34%
Male Employed8.45%

Beckley Wv Income

Beckley Wv Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$39,695$56,257
Families$56,730$70,482
Married Families$78,364-
Non Families$22,704$35,882

Beckley Wv Marital Status

Beckley Wv Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.4%

Male Marriage Rate

40.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Beckley Wv Married by Age and Sex

Beckley Wv Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Beckley Wv Marital Status by Race

Beckley Wv Veterans

1,255

Number of Veterans

1,115

Male Veterans

140

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam413
Second Gulf War238
Korea199
First Gulf War127
World War II121

Beckley Wv Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White8789.14%
Black32011.02%
Indian4133.61%
2 or More93.78%
Hispanic84.30%
Asian71.50%

Beckley Wv Veterans by Education

9.40%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.75%

Veteran Disability Rate

Beckley Wv Employment Status

59.8%

Labor Force Participation

55%

Employment Rate

7.9%

Unemployment Rate

Beckley Wv Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

73.48%

Born in West Virginia

96.13%

Native Born

3.87%

Foreign Born

2.38%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.13% of Beckley Wv residents were born in the United States, with 73.48% having been born in West Virginia. 2.38% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.