Beckley, West Virginia Population 2020

15,547

Beckley is a city located in West Virginia. With a 2020 population of 15,547, it is the 9th largest city in West Virginia and the 2253rd largest city in the United States. Beckley is currently declining at a rate of -2.00% annually and its population has decreased by -11.73% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 17,614 in 2010. Beckley reached it's highest population of 20,492 in 1980. Spanning over 10 miles, Beckley has a population density of 1,637 people per square mile.

The average household income in Beckley is $56,360 with a poverty rate of 19.21%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $663 per month, and the median house value is $111,800. The median age in Beckley is 42.8 years, 39.7 years for males, and 44.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 86.1 males.

Beckley Demographics

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

  • White: 71.52%
  • Black or African American: 21.90%
  • Two or more races: 2.57%
  • Asian: 2.53%
  • Native American: 0.85%
  • Other race: 0.62%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Beckley, West Virginia is 15,547, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 16,183.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 17,614.

Beckley, West Virginia Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020114,538-1,367-1.19%
2019115,905-1,367-1.18%
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 Percentage
White11,94271.52%
Black or African American3,65721.90%
Two or More Races4292.57%
Asian4232.53%
American Indian and Alaska Native1420.85%
Some Other Race1040.62%

Beckley Population Pyramid 2020

Beckley Median Age

42.8


Total

39.7


Male

44.6


Female

Beckley Adults

There are 13,472 adults, (3,582 of whom are seniors) in Beckley.

Beckley Age Dependency

68.8

Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Beckley Sex Ratio

Female

8,972

53.73%

Male

7,725

46.27%

Beckley Households and Families

Beckley Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Beckley Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married85.5%14.5%
All63.2%36.8%
Male62.1%37.9%
Non Family48.5%51.5%
Female43.7%56.3%

63.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,2972.263.2
Non Family2,9201.1848.5
Married2,9112.8685.5
Female1,1022.7943.7
Male3643.3362.1

2.78

Average Family Size

2.2

Average Household Size

5.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Beckley Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5394.33%
9th to 12th Grade1,25110.06%
High School Graduate4,02132.32%
Some College2,77322.29%
Associates Degree9507.64%
Bachelors Degree2,00016.08%
Graduate Degree9067.28%

Beckley Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White9,0437,8402,359
Black2,5652,142234
Asian400384293
Hispanic19516120
Multiple Races14363
Native American14277
Other Race424220

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 73.25%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,713$34,286$26,005
Less Than High School$15,094$20,561$13,750
High School Grad$22,282$28,459$20,123
Some College$28,758$36,777$26,271
Bachelors Degree$40,491$46,818$38,271
Graduate Degree$55,662$68,750$45,990

$28,713

Average Earnings

$34,286

Average Male

$26,005

Average Female

Beckley Language

Beckley Language by Age

Beckley Language

95.19% of Beckley residents speak only English, while 4.81% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 1.64% of the population.

Beckley Poverty

Beckley Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White11,4702,01417.56%
Black3,59191725.54%
Multiple4108420.49%
Hispanic2535320.95%
Native1422819.72%
Asian423245.67%

19.21%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.89%

Male Poverty Rate

22.88%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Beckley

The race most likely to be in poverty in Beckley is Black, with 25.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Beckley is Asian, with 5.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.51%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.70%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.34%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.94%
High School27.83%
Some College12.39%
Bachelors or Greater4.13%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed57.98%
Male Unemployed36.61%
Female Employed11.47%
Male Employed7.09%

Beckley Income

Beckley Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,505$56,360
Families$54,550$67,223
Married Families$73,478-
Non Families$23,571$38,062

Beckley Marital Status

Beckley Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.8%

Male Marriage Rate

40.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Beckley Married by Age and Sex

Beckley Marriage

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

Beckley Marital Status by Race

Beckley Veterans

1,301

Number of Veterans

1,149

Male Veterans

152

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam439
Second Gulf War213
Korea190
First Gulf War152
World War II89
Name Veterans % of Total
White8959.19%
Black34611.83%
Indian5337.32%
Hispanic167.77%
Asian71.75%

$Beckley Veterans by Education

6.25%

Veteran Poverty Rate

41.78%

Veteran Disability Rate

Beckley Employment Status

55.9%

Labor Force Participation

51.8%

Employment Rate

7.2%

Unemployment Rate

Beckley 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

73.86%

Born in West Virginia

96.63%

Native Born

3.37%

Foreign Born

1.71%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.63% of Beckley residents were born in the United States, with 73.86% having been born in West Virginia. 1.71% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202015,547-318-2.00%
201915,865-318-1.97%
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%