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Population of Counties in West Virginia (2024)

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2024 Population
Growth Since 2020
Area (mi²)
Density (/mi²)
Kanawha County173,746-3.6%902193Kanawha County location
Berkeley County135,50110.43%321422Berkeley County location
Monongalia County108,4582.4%360301Monongalia County location
Cabell County91,679-2.72%281326Cabell County location
Wood County82,716-1.69%367225Wood County location
Raleigh County71,911-3.34%605119Raleigh County location
Harrison County64,526-1.99%416155Harrison County location
Jefferson County60,5734.82%209290Jefferson County location
Mercer County57,502-3.39%419137Mercer County location
Putnam County56,861-1.01%346164Putnam County location
Marion County55,830-0.73%309181Marion County location
Ohio County40,925-3.34%106386Ohio County location
Fayette County38,756-4.14%66259Fayette County location
Wayne County37,392-3.81%50674Wayne County location
Preston County33,976-0.62%64952Preston County location
Greenbrier County31,923-2.95%1K31Greenbrier County location
Logan County30,448-6.35%45367Logan County location
Marshall County29,143-4.43%30596Marshall County location
Hancock County28,036-3.45%83338Hancock County location
Jackson County27,519-0.74%46459Jackson County location
Randolph County27,148-2.67%1K26Randolph County location
Mineral County26,832-0.21%32882Mineral County location
Mason County24,619-3.09%43157Mason County location
Nicholas County24,029-2.15%64737Nicholas County location
Hampshire County23,8413.2%64037Hampshire County location
Upshur County23,353-1.94%35566Upshur County location
Mingo County21,601-8.03%42351Mingo County location
Brooke County21,052-6.34%89237Brooke County location
Boone County20,245-6.89%50240Boone County location
Wyoming County19,982-6.28%49940Wyoming County location
Lincoln County19,551-3.99%43745Lincoln County location
Morgan County17,8634.54%22978Morgan County location
McDowell County17,072-9.84%53332McDowell County location
Taylor County16,366-1.95%17395Taylor County location
Lewis County16,326-4.08%38742Lewis County location
Barbour County15,365-0.66%34145Barbour County location
Hardy County14,3340.67%58225Hardy County location
Wetzel County13,786-4.3%35839Wetzel County location
Roane County13,653-2.39%48428Roane County location
Monroe County12,4420.47%47326Monroe County location
Braxton County12,154-1.97%51124Braxton County location
Summers County11,460-4.01%36132Summers County location
Grant County10,904-0.78%47723Grant County location
Ritchie County8,104-3.79%45218Ritchie County location
Webster County7,949-4.87%55314Webster County location
Tyler County7,748-6.55%25630Tyler County location
Pocahontas County7,733-1.62%9408Pocahontas County location
Clay County7,726-3.49%34223Clay County location
Doddridge County7,648-1.77%32024Doddridge County location
Pleasants County7,286-4.76%13056Pleasants County location
Gilmer County7,178-2.95%33921Gilmer County location
Tucker County6,588-2.36%41916Tucker County location
Pendleton County5,991-2.3%6969Pendleton County location
Calhoun County5,849-5.65%27921Calhoun County location
Wirt County4,908-5.4%23321Wirt County location
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There are 55 counties in West Virginia. West Virginia’s most populous county is Kanawha County, home of the city of Charleston, which has a 2019 population of 180,454. Since the last census was taken in 2010, Kanawha County has seen a loss in its total population with a negative -6.46% growth rate. Behind Kanawha County in terms of population are Berkeley County (117,132), Monongalia County (106,420), and Cabell County (93,224). Of these counties, Berkeley County had the highest growth rate of 11.97%.

West Virginia Counties with the Fewest Residents

The county in West Virginia that holds the lowest number of residents is Wirt County. Wirt County has a population of 5,830 which represents a growth rate of 1.82% since the 2010 census. Other small counties include Tucker County (6,955), Pendleton County (6,997), and Calhoun County (7,254). West Virginia has twelve counties under 10,000 residents and another 33 counties between 10,000 and 50,000 residents. Most of these small counties have lost residents since the census. Among counties under 10,000 people, Webster County (8,285) experienced the most dramatic decline with a -9.48% growth rate.

West Virginia Counties with Rapid Growth

The most rapid growth found in West Virginia comes from Berkeley County which, since 2010’s census, has seen an 11.97% increase in its population to 117,123 people in 2019. Other counties with rapid growth in West Virginia include Monongalia County (9.99%), Jefferson County (5.98%), and Doddridge County (2.54%). The county with the most dramatic decline is McDowell County which lost 17.54% of its residents since 2010 and now has a population of 18,223.

Population of Counties in West Virginia (2024)

Lists of Counties in all States

  1. West Virginia Bureau of Business & Economic Research
  2. US Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  3. US Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  4. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  5. Census QuickFacts
  6. Historical Populations of States and Counties (1790 - 1990)