Wheeling, West Virginia Population 2020

26,210
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Wheeling is a city located in West Virginia. With a 2020 population of 26,210, it is the 5th largest city in West Virginia (after Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, and Parkersburg) and the 1463rd largest city in the United States. Wheeling is currently declining at a rate of -0.83% annually and its population has decreased by -7.99% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 28,486 in 2010. Wheeling reached it's highest population of 61,659 in 1930. Spanning over 16 miles, Wheeling has a population density of 1,903 people per square mile.

The average household income in Wheeling is $67,394 with a poverty rate of 13.84%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $658 per month, and the median house value is $110,100. The median age in Wheeling is 44.2 years, 42.4 years for males, and 46.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 89.8 males.

Wheeling Demographics

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

  • White: 91.07%
  • Black or African American: 5.74%
  • Two or more races: 1.81%
  • Asian: 0.74%
  • Other race: 0.40%
  • Native American: 0.25%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Wheeling, West Virginia is 26,210, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 26,650.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 28,486.

Wheeling, West Virginia Population 2020

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

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020137,837-1,111-0.81%
2019138,948-1,111-0.80%
2018140,059-1,196-0.85%
2017141,255-1,700-1.20%
2016142,955-1,202-0.84%
2015144,157-811-0.56%
2014144,968-970-0.67%
2013145,938-589-0.40%
2012146,527-733-0.50%
2011147,260-639-0.43%
2010147,8990.00%

Wheeling Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White24,64591.07%
Black or African American1,5545.74%
Two or More Races4891.81%
Asian1990.74%
Some Other Race1070.40%
American Indian and Alaska Native680.25%
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Wheeling Population by Race

Wheeling Population Pyramid 2020

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Wheeling Median Age

44.2


Total

42.4


Male

46.3


Female

Wheeling Adults

There are 21,704 adults, (6,123 of whom are seniors) in Wheeling.

Wheeling Age Dependency

73.7

Age Dependency Ratio

39.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Wheeling Sex Ratio

Female

14,255

52.68%

Male

12,807

47.32%

Wheeling Population by Age

Wheeling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Wheeling Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married84.7%15.3%
All62.4%37.6%
Female56.9%43.1%
Male56.6%43.4%
Non Family48%52%

62.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Wheeling Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,5882.2362.4
Non Family5,7091.1848
Married4,1373.1484.7
Female1,2703.5256.9
Male4723.4556.6

3.15

Average Family Size

2.23

Average Household Size

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Wheeling Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5012.57%
9th to 12th Grade1,0005.12%
High School Graduate6,85735.11%
Some College3,86319.78%
Associates Degree1,3146.73%
Bachelors Degree3,41617.49%
Graduate Degree2,58113.21%
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Wheeling Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wheeling Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White18,14216,7605,656
Black830746135
Asian18017763
Multiple Races17716455
Hispanic12811741
Other Race797354
Native American3224

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 98.33%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 68.35%.

Wheeling Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,003$40,763$28,489
Less Than High School$17,321$14,931$17,411
High School Grad$25,959$31,900$21,478
Some College$31,123$42,535$26,071
Bachelors Degree$43,155$54,063$35,700
Graduate Degree$57,330$72,031$52,150

$33,003

Average Earnings

$40,763

Average Male

$28,489

Average Female

Wheeling Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wheeling Language by Age

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Wheeling Language

97.85% of Wheeling residents speak only English, while 2.15% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 0.86% of the population.

Wheeling Language

Wheeling Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White23,2952,89912.44%
Black1,51147631.50%
Hispanic2607930.38%
Multiple4465011.21%
Asian1995025.13%
Native682029.41%

13.84%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.94%

Male Poverty Rate

16.53%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wheeling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wheeling is Black, with 31.50% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wheeling is Multiple, with 11.21% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.61%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.91%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.92%.

Wheeling Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.57%
High School16.28%
Some College16.25%
Bachelors or Greater4.98%

Wheeling Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed40.05%
Female Unemployed15.82%
Female Employed7.65%
Male Employed3.92%

Wheeling Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wheeling Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$44,119$67,394
Families$65,129$92,149
Married Families$77,267-
Non Families$25,582$39,671
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Income by Household Type

Wheeling Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.9%

Male Marriage Rate

35.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Wheeling Married by Age and Sex

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Wheeling 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 55-64.

Wheeling Marital Status by Race

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Wheeling Marital Status

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1,807

Number of Veterans

1,661

Male Veterans

146

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam627
First Gulf War230
Second Gulf War215
Korea179
World War II112

Wheeling Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+631
65 to 74428
35 to 54347
55 to 64324
18 to 3477

Wheeling Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,7368.62%
Black716.87%

Wheeling Veterans by Race

Wheeling Veterans by Education

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9.90%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.72%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wheeling Veterans by Education

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56.3%

Labor Force Participation

52.5%

Employment Rate

6.6%

Unemployment Rate

Wheeling Employment by Age

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Wheeling Employment by Race

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Wheeling 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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70.34%

Born in West Virginia

98.16%

Native Born

1.84%

Foreign Born

0.44%

Non Citizen

1.40%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.16% of Wheeling residents were born in the United States, with 70.34% having been born in West Virginia. 0.44% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Wheeling Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202026,210-220-0.83%
201926,430-220-0.83%
201826,650-213-0.79%
201726,863-424-1.55%
201627,287-215-0.78%
201527,502-102-0.37%
201427,604-301-1.08%
201327,905-136-0.49%
201228,041-139-0.49%
201128,180-196-0.69%
201028,376-3,043-1.01%
200031,419-3,463-1.04%
199034,882-8,188-2.09%
198043,070-5,118-1.12%
197048,188-5,212-1.02%
196053,400-5,491-0.97%
195058,891-2,208-0.37%
194061,099-560-0.09%
193061,6595,4510.93%
192056,20814,5673.05%
191041,6412,7630.69%
190038,8784,3561.20%
189034,5223,7851.17%
188030,73711,4574.77%
187019,2805,1973.19%
186014,0832,6482.10%
185011,4353,5503.79%
18407,8850.00%

Wheeling Population by Year