Bluefield, West Virginia Population 2021

9,423
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Bluefield is a city located in Mercer County West Virginia. With a 2020 population of 9,423, it is the 14th largest city in West Virginia and the 3228th largest city in the United States . Bluefield is currently declining at a rate of -1.08% annually and its population has decreased by -9.80% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 10,447 in 2010. Bluefield reached it's highest population of 21,506 in 1950. Spanning over 9 miles, Bluefield has a population density of 1,043 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bluefield is $48,145 with a poverty rate of 18.67%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $664 per month, and the median house value is $84,100. The median age in Bluefield is 43.4 years, 42.7 years for males, and 43.8 years for females.

Bluefield Demographics

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

  • White: 68.85%
  • Black or African American: 26.52%
  • Two or more races: 4.16%
  • Native American: 0.30%
  • Asian: 0.08%
  • Other race: 0.08%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Bluefield, West Virginia is 9,423 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 9,732.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 10,447.

Bluefield, West Virginia Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021103,773-930-0.90%
2020104,703-930-0.89%
2019105,633-930-0.88%
2018106,563-963-0.90%
2017107,526-1,733-1.61%
2016109,259-1,311-1.20%
2015110,570-1,151-1.04%
2014111,721-880-0.79%
2013112,601-774-0.69%
2012113,375-688-0.61%
2011114,063-189-0.17%
2010114,2520.00%

Bluefield Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White6,80968.85%
Black or African American2,62326.52%
Two or More Races4114.16%
American Indian and Alaska Native300.30%
Some Other Race80.08%
Asian80.08%
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Bluefield Population by Race

Bluefield Population Pyramid $2021

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Bluefield Median Age

43.4


Total

42.7


Male

43.8


Female

Bluefield Adults

There are 7,960 adults, (2,071 of whom are seniors) in Bluefield.

Bluefield Age Dependency

67.9

Age Dependency Ratio

35.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Bluefield Sex Ratio

Female

5,467

55.28%

Male

4,422

44.72%

Bluefield Population by Age

Bluefield Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bluefield Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male81.9%18.1%
Married74.4%25.6%
All63.5%36.5%
Non Family57.6%42.4%
Female47.7%52.3%

63.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bluefield Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All4,3652.2163.5
Married1,8152.7974.4
Non Family1,5481.1357.6
Female8472.8647.7
Male1552.6781.9

2.73

Average Family Size

2.21

Average Household Size

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Bluefield Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3875.25%
9th to 12th Grade5217.07%
High School Graduate2,65936.07%
Some College1,58821.54%
Associates Degree3895.28%
Bachelors Degree1,25917.08%
Graduate Degree5687.71%
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Bluefield Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bluefield Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White5,3704,6211,403
Black1,7041,569365
2+ Races17617621
Hispanic13811832
Native American3030
Asian844
Other Race222

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 100.00%.

Bluefield Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,564$35,481$26,587
Less Than 9th Grade$$22,386$
High School Graduate$30,972$43,442$25,714
Some College$24,811$35,404$23,180
Bachelors Degree$34,006$34,487$31,806
Graduate Degree$39,232$$39,037

$31,564

Average Earnings

$35,481

Average Male

$26,587

Average Female

Bluefield Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bluefield Language by Age

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Bluefield Language

97.37% of Bluefield residents speak only English, while 2.63% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 1.49% of the population.

Bluefield Language

Bluefield Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White6,5281,13117.33%
Black2,60043416.69%
Multiple37217647.31%
Hispanic1608150.63%
Other8225.00%

18.67%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.48%

Male Poverty Rate

21.25%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bluefield

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bluefield is Hispanic, with 50.63% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bluefield is Black, with 16.69% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.59%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.30%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.31%.

Bluefield Poverty

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Name Poverty
High School22.18%
Some College20.99%
Less Than 9th Grade12.56%
Bachelors or Greater3.13%

Bluefield Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed24.44%
Male Unemployed17.70%
Female Employed17.00%
Male Employed3.53%

Bluefield Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bluefield Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$36,793$48,145
Families$44,971$56,450
Married Families$53,767-
Non Families$21,196$29,223
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Income by Household Type

Bluefield Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.4%

Male Marriage Rate

40.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Bluefield Married by Age and Sex

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Bluefield 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.

Bluefield Marital Status by Race

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Bluefield Marital Status

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808

Number of Veterans

782

Male Veterans

26

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam330
Second Gulf War121
First Gulf War99
Korea89
World War II73

Bluefield Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+297
65 to 74248
35 to 5493
55 to 6487
18 to 3483

Bluefield Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White62610.63%
Black1296.99%
2+ Races5328.80%
Hispanic1510.87%

Bluefield Veterans by Race

Bluefield Veterans by Education

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8.76%

Veteran Poverty Rate

47.06%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bluefield Veterans by Education

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47.2%

Labor Force Participation

42%

Employment Rate

11%

Unemployment Rate

Bluefield Employment by Age

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Bluefield Employment by Race

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Bluefield Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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65.55%

Born in Bluefield

98.39%

Native Born

1.61%

Foreign Born

0.35%

Non Citizen

1.25%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.39% of Bluefield residents were born in the United States, with 65.55% having been born in West Virginia. 0.35% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Bluefield Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20219,423-103-1.08%
20209,526-103-1.07%
20199,629-103-1.06%
20189,732-147-1.49%
20179,879-172-1.71%
201610,051-123-1.21%
201510,174-146-1.41%
201410,320-10-0.10%
201310,330-103-0.99%
201210,433-32-0.31%
201110,465200.19%
201010,445-1,006-0.92%
200011,451-1,305-1.07%
199012,756-3,304-2.28%
198016,0601390.09%
197015,921-3,335-1.88%
196019,256-2,250-1.10%
195021,5068650.41%
194020,6411,3020.65%
193019,3394,0572.38%
192015,2824,0943.17%
191011,1886,5449.19%
19004,6440.00%

Bluefield Population by Year