Parkersburg, West Virginia Population 2021

28,612
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Parkersburg is a city located in Wood County West Virginia. With a 2020 population of 28,612, it is the 4th largest city in West Virginia (after Charleston, Huntington, and Morgantown) and the 1351st largest city in the United States . Parkersburg is currently declining at a rate of -1.20% annually and its population has decreased by -9.15% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 31,492 in 2010. Parkersburg reached it's highest population of 44,797 in 1960. Spanning over 12 miles, Parkersburg has a population density of 2,430 people per square mile.

The average household income in Parkersburg is $51,263 with a poverty rate of 25.22%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $674 per month, and the median house value is $91,100. The median age in Parkersburg is 41.9 years, 39.4 years for males, and 43.8 years for females.

Parkersburg Demographics

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

  • White: 94.30%
  • Black or African American: 3.15%
  • Two or more races: 1.75%
  • Asian: 0.39%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.17%
  • Other race: 0.15%
  • Native American: 0.10%
The current population of Parkersburg, West Virginia is 28,612 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 29,653.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 31,492.

Parkersburg, West Virginia Population 2021

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

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202188,035-652-0.74%
202088,687-652-0.74%
201989,339-652-0.73%
201889,991-855-0.95%
201790,846-630-0.69%
201691,476-663-0.72%
201592,139-120-0.13%
201492,259-101-0.11%
201392,360-30-0.03%
201292,390-253-0.27%
201192,643-55-0.06%
201092,6980.00%

Parkersburg Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White28,31094.30%
Black or African American9453.15%
Two or More Races5241.75%
Asian1160.39%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander510.17%
Some Other Race460.15%
American Indian and Alaska Native290.10%
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Parkersburg Population by Race

Parkersburg Population Pyramid $2021

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Parkersburg Median Age

41.9


Total

39.4


Male

43.8


Female

Parkersburg Adults

There are 23,730 adults, (5,985 of whom are seniors) in Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Age Dependency

69.2

Age Dependency Ratio

33.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Parkersburg Sex Ratio

Female

15,737

52.42%

Male

14,284

47.58%

Parkersburg Population by Age

Parkersburg Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Parkersburg Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.1%23.9%
Male61.8%38.2%
All60.3%39.7%
Non Family52.3%47.7%
Female42.8%57.2%

60.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Parkersburg Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All13,0862.2660.3
Non Family5,5211.1852.3
Married4,8763.0176.1
Female1,9353.242.8
Male7542.9261.8

2.94

Average Family Size

2.26

Average Household Size

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Parkersburg Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8483.99%
9th to 12th Grade1,9559.21%
High School Graduate8,39039.51%
Some College4,60821.70%
Associates Degree1,9779.31%
Bachelors Degree2,17810.26%
Graduate Degree1,2796.02%
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Parkersburg Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Parkersburg Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White20,30517,6833,375
Black49841722
2+ Races19817125
Hispanic1239827
Asian834812
Native American29165
Islander1818

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 hispanic people with a rate of 21.95%.

Parkersburg Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$26,587$31,212$23,003
Less Than 9th Grade$17,353$11,607$18,790
High School Graduate$23,156$28,721$19,422
Some College$25,593$28,582$23,612
Bachelors Degree$34,523$41,157$30,819
Graduate Degree$52,180$70,843$46,447

$26,587

Average Earnings

$31,212

Average Male

$23,003

Average Female

Parkersburg Earnings by Educational Attainment

Parkersburg Language by Age

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Parkersburg Language

98.45% of Parkersburg residents speak only English, while 1.55% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 0.72% of the population.

Parkersburg Language

Parkersburg Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White27,7586,57823.70%
Black94058762.45%
Multiple52415930.34%
Hispanic26312547.53%
Asian1163227.59%
Other462758.70%
Native29517.24%

25.22%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.93%

Male Poverty Rate

27.31%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Parkersburg

The race most likely to be in poverty in Parkersburg is Black, with 62.45% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Parkersburg is Native, with 17.24% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.88%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.94%.

Parkersburg Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade37.06%
High School24.42%
Some College18.79%
Bachelors or Greater5.73%

Parkersburg Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed56.42%
Male Unemployed33.33%
Female Employed13.12%
Male Employed10.27%

Parkersburg Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Parkersburg Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$35,778$51,263
Families$44,772$63,906
Married Families$59,818$80,716
Non Families$22,340$31,392
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Income by Household Type

Parkersburg Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.3%

Male Marriage Rate

38.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Parkersburg Married by Age and Sex

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Parkersburg Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Parkersburg Marital Status by Race

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Parkersburg Marital Status

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2,339

Number of Veterans

2,110

Male Veterans

229

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam728
First Gulf War434
Second Gulf War399
Korea215
World War II80

Parkersburg Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74577
55 to 64528
35 to 54498
75+479
18 to 34257

Parkersburg Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,2059.72%
Black8815.02%
2+ Races4617.42%

Parkersburg Veterans by Race

Parkersburg Veterans by Education

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11.49%

Veteran Poverty Rate

38.18%

Veteran Disability Rate

Parkersburg Veterans by Education

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51.5%

Labor Force Participation

47.7%

Employment Rate

7.3%

Unemployment Rate

Parkersburg Employment by Age

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Parkersburg Employment by Race

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Parkersburg 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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74.68%

Born in Parkersburg

99.04%

Native Born

0.96%

Foreign Born

0.28%

Non Citizen

0.68%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.04% of Parkersburg residents were born in the United States, with 74.68% having been born in West Virginia. 0.28% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Parkersburg Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202128,612-347-1.20%
202028,959-347-1.18%
201929,306-347-1.17%
201829,653-421-1.40%
201730,074-290-0.96%
201630,364-333-1.08%
201530,697-148-0.48%
201430,845-105-0.34%
201330,950-109-0.35%
201231,059-145-0.46%
201131,204-61-0.20%
201031,265-1,834-0.57%
200033,099-763-0.23%
199033,862-6,084-1.64%
198039,946-4,262-1.01%
197044,208-589-0.13%
196044,79715,1134.20%
195029,684-419-0.14%
194030,1034800.16%
193029,6239,5733.98%
192020,0502,2081.17%
191017,8426,1394.31%
190011,7033,2953.36%
18908,4081,8262.48%
18806,5821,0361.73%
18705,5460.00%

Parkersburg Population by Year