Population of Counties in West Virginia (2022)

There are 55 counties in West Virginia.

West Virginia’s most populous county is Kanawha County, home of the city of Charleston, which has a 2019 population of 180,454. Since the last census was taken in 2010, Kanawha County has seen a loss in its total population with a negative -6.46% growth rate. Behind Kanawha County in terms of population are Berkeley County (117,132), Monongalia County (106,420), and Cabell County (93,224). Of these counties, Berkeley County had the highest growth rate of 11.97%.

West Virginia Counties with the Fewest Residents

The county in West Virginia that holds the lowest number of residents is Wirt County. Wirt County has a population of 5,830 which represents a growth rate of 1.82% since the 2010 census. Other small counties include Tucker County (6,955), Pendleton County (6,997), and Calhoun County (7,254). West Virginia has twelve counties under 10,000 residents and another 33 counties between 10,000 and 50,000 residents. Most of these small counties have lost residents since the census. Among counties under 10,000 people, Webster County (8,285) experienced the most dramatic decline with a -9.48% growth rate.

West Virginia Counties with Rapid Growth

The most rapid growth found in West Virginia comes from Berkeley County which, since 2010’s census, has seen an 11.97% increase in its population to 117,123 people in 2019. Other counties with rapid growth in West Virginia include Monongalia County (9.99%), Jefferson County (5.98%), and Doddridge County (2.54%). The county with the most dramatic decline is McDowell County which lost 17.54% of its residents since 2010 and now has a population of 18,223.

Name 2022 Population Growth Since 2010 Density (mi²)
Barbour County16,303-1.85%47.80
Berkeley County124,97619.46%389.16
Boone County19,969-18.85%39.82
Braxton County13,600-6.50%26.62
Brooke County21,369-10.88%239.56
Cabell County88,675-7.94%315.55
Calhoun County6,785-11.38%24.30
Clay County8,115-13.42%23.73
Doddridge County8,124-0.90%25.41
Fayette County40,678-11.63%61.49
Gilmer County7,598-12.98%22.45
Grant County11,382-4.30%23.84
Greenbrier County34,272-3.59%33.61
Hampshire County22,629-5.52%35.34
Hancock County28,003-8.73%338.98
Hardy County13,812-1.65%23.72
Harrison County66,542-3.91%159.95
Jackson County28,219-3.47%60.77
Jefferson County57,9148.03%276.37
Kanawha County171,266-11.22%189.89
Lewis County15,577-5.10%40.26
Lincoln County19,887-8.24%45.50
Logan County30,249-17.63%66.66
McDowell County15,833-28.35%29.68
Marion County56,015-0.94%181.43
Marshall County29,661-10.37%97.11
Mason County25,808-5.70%59.91
Mercer County57,426-7.88%137.06
Mineral County26,613-5.64%81.18
Mingo County22,143-17.28%52.33
Monongalia County105,4959.03%292.99
Monroe County13,233-2.14%27.99
Morgan County18,0463.17%78.78
Nicholas County23,479-10.48%36.30
Ohio County40,529-8.87%382.96
Pendleton County6,924-9.79%9.95
Pleasants County7,325-3.25%56.30
Pocahontas County7,764-11.11%8.26
Preston County33,069-1.45%50.97
Putnam County55,8740.46%161.61
Raleigh County70,928-10.13%117.17
Randolph County28,338-3.49%27.26
Ritchie County8,972-13.90%19.85
Roane County12,998-12.74%26.88
Summers County12,276-11.94%34.05
Taylor County16,296-3.51%94.32
Tucker County6,545-8.19%15.61
Tyler County8,144-11.65%31.78
Upshur County23,588-2.69%66.51
Wayne County37,725-11.16%74.56
Webster County7,634-16.60%13.79
Wetzel County14,483-12.41%40.45
Wirt County5,8512.20%25.16
Wood County81,532-6.26%222.61
Wyoming County19,224-18.98%38.49