Parkersburg, West Virginia Population 2024

28,720

Parkersburg is a city located in Wood County West Virginia. Parkersburg has a 2024 population of 28,720. Parkersburg is currently declining at a rate of -0.82% annually and its population has decreased by -3.19% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 29,666 in 2020.

The average household income in Parkersburg is $59,172 with a poverty rate of 22.94%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Parkersburg is 42 years, 40 years for males, and 43.9 years for females.

Parkersburg Demographics

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

  • White: 93.76%
  • Two or more races: 3.06%
  • Black or African American: 1.91%
  • Asian: 0.94%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.28%
  • Native American: 0.06%
  • Other race: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
11.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,437.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.19% (-946)
The current population of Parkersburg, West Virginia is 28,720 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 29,666.

Parkersburg, West Virginia Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White27,83293.76%
Two or more races9073.06%
Black or African American5661.91%
Asian2790.94%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander820.28%
Native American190.06%
Other race00%

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Other race

Parkersburg Population by Race

Parkersburg Population Pyramid 2024

Parkersburg Median Age

42

Total

40

Male

43.9

Female

Parkersburg Adults

There are 23,612 adults, (6,404 of whom are seniors) in Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Age Dependency

72.5

Age Dependency Ratio

37.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Parkersburg Sex Ratio

Female14,88450.14%
Male14,80149.86%

Parkersburg Population by Age

Parkersburg Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All13,3022.263.936.1
Non Family6,0701.1356.343.7
Married4,7283.0381.918.1
Female1,6903.254555
Male8143.1855.744.3

2.96

Average Family Size

2.2

Average Household Size

63.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Parkersburg Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6943.25%
9th to 12th Grade2,14410.06%
High School Graduate8,34439.13%
Some College4,38820.58%
Associates Degree2,1019.85%
Bachelors Degree2,27010.65%
Graduate Degree1,3816.48%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Parkersburg Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Parkersburg Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White20,05617,4503,423
2+ Races41035740
Black33632447
Hispanic24022738
Asian229157135
Islander8200
Native American19190

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 58.95%.

Parkersburg Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$32,544$37,635$28,731
Less Than 9th Grade$22,540$24,255$21,404
High School Graduate$29,732$34,875$22,017
Some College$30,702$30,096$30,833
Bachelors Degree$44,216$53,889$36,180
Graduate Degree$57,134$69,886$54,338

$32,544

Average Earnings

$37,635

Average Male

$28,731

Average Female

Parkersburg Earnings by Educational Attainment

Parkersburg Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Parkersburg Language

97.69% of Parkersburg residents speak only English, while 2.31% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 0.87% of the population.

Parkersburg Language

Parkersburg Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White27,1245,82221.46%
Multiple90737341.12%
Black53623143.1%
Hispanic43121950.81%
Islander8282100%

22.94%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.61%

Male Poverty Rate

24.28%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Parkersburg

The race most likely to be in poverty in Parkersburg is Islander, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Parkersburg is White, with 21.46% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.56%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.49%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.6%.

Parkersburg Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade39.86%
High School20.69%
Some College15%
Bachelors or Greater2.94%

Parkersburg Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed69.88%
Male Unemployed26.94%
Female Employed12.83%
Male Employed11.34%

Parkersburg Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Parkersburg Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$41,921$59,172
Families$56,196$74,378
Married Families$74,632$90,468
Non Families$28,687$36,961

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Parkersburg Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

40.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.2%

Male Marriage Rate

40.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Parkersburg Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Parkersburg 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 45-54.

Parkersburg Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Parkersburg Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,373

Number of Veterans

2,251

Male Veterans

122

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam741
Second Gulf War336
First Gulf War238
Korea209
World War II65

Parkersburg Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
75+624
55 to 64595
65 to 74539
35 to 54420
18 to 34195

Parkersburg Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White2,32710.42%
Hispanic4617.42%
Black256.25%
2+ Races214.18%

Parkersburg Veterans by Race

Parkersburg Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

8.5%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.78%

Veteran Disability Rate

Parkersburg Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

52.6%

Labor Force Participation

49%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

Parkersburg Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Parkersburg Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Parkersburg Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

73.75%

Born in Parkersburg

98.63%

Native Born

1.37%

Foreign Born

0.43%

Non Citizen

0.94%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.63% of Parkersburg residents were born in the United States, with 73.75% having been born in West Virginia. 0.43% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Parkersburg Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202927,537-237-0.85%
202827,774-236-0.84%
202728,010-237-0.84%
202628,247-236-0.83%
202528,483-237-0.83%
202428,720-236-0.82%
202328,956-237-0.81%
202229,193-263-0.89%
202129,456-210-0.71%
202029,6663111.06%
201929,355-352-1.18%
201829,707-401-1.33%
201730,108-293-0.96%
201630,401-320-1.04%
201530,721-144-0.47%
201430,865-103-0.33%
201330,968-101-0.33%
201231,069-140-0.45%
201131,209-54-0.17%
201031,263-1,836-5.55%
200033,099-763-2.25%
199033,862-6,084-15.23%
198039,946-4,262-9.64%
197044,208-589-1.31%
196044,79715,11350.91%
195029,684-419-1.39%
194030,1034801.62%
193029,6239,57347.75%
192020,0502,20812.38%
191017,8426,13952.46%
190011,7033,29539.19%
18908,4081,82627.74%
18806,5821,03618.68%
18705,54600%
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Parkersburg Population by Year