Kanawha County, West Virginia Population 2021

Kanawha County, West Virginia's estimated population is 173,552 with a growth rate of -1.30% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Kanawha County, West Virginia is the 2nd largest county in West Virginia. The 2010 Population was 192,917 and has seen a growth of -10.04% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021173,552-2,286-1.30%
2020175,838-2,286-1.28%
2019178,124-2,286-1.27%
2018180,410-2,975-1.62%
2017183,385-2,811-1.51%
2016186,196-2,086-1.11%
2015188,282-2,073-1.09%
2014190,355-1,184-0.62%
2013191,539-709-0.37%
2012192,248650.03%
2011192,183-734-0.38%
2010192,917-14,702-7.08%
1990207,619-23,795-10.28%
1980231,4141,8990.83%
1970229,515-23,410-9.26%
1960252,92513,2965.55%
1950239,62944,01022.50%
1940195,61937,95224.07%
1930157,66738,01731.77%
1920119,65038,19346.89%
191081,45726,76148.93%
190054,69611,94027.93%
189042,75610,29031.69%
188032,46610,11745.27%
187022,3496,19938.38%
186016,1507975.19%
185015,3531,78613.16%
184013,5674,24145.48%
18309,3262,92745.74%
18206,3992,53365.52%
18103,86662719.36%
18003,2390.00%
2021 Growth Rate
-1.30%
County Website
Founded
October 5, 1789
County Seat
2010 Population
192,917
Growth Since 2010
-10.04%
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Kanawha County, West Virginia Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White162,19688.50%
Black or African American13,1547.18%
Two or More Races5,0322.75%
Asian2,2081.20%
American Indian and Alaska Native3700.20%
Some Other Race3190.17%
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Kanawha County, West Virginia Population by Race

Kanawha County, West Virginia Population Pyramid $2021

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Kanawha County, West Virginia Median Age

43.4


Total

41.9


Male

44.9


Female

Kanawha County, West Virginia Adults

There are 146,407 adults, (36,609 of whom are seniors) in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Kanawha County, West Virginia Age Dependency

66.9

Age Dependency Ratio

33.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Kanawha County, West Virginia Sex Ratio

Female

94,962

51.81%

Male

88,317

48.19%

Kanawha County, West Virginia Population by Age

Kanawha County, West Virginia Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Kanawha County, West Virginia Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married84.9%15.1%
All69.1%30.9%
Male63.1%36.9%
Non Family58.2%41.8%
Female51.7%48.3%

69.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Kanawha County, West Virginia Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All79,0702.2869.1
Married33,9892.9284.9
Non Family30,5721.1858.2
Female10,5173.0851.7
Male3,9923.1363.1

2.88

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

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Kanawha County, West Virginia Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,2733.22%
9th to 12th Grade10,7618.12%
High School Graduate49,22137.13%
Some College25,57819.29%
Associates Degree8,9926.78%
Bachelors Degree19,68814.85%
Graduate Degree14,06610.61%
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Kanawha County, West Virginia Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Kanawha County, West Virginia Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White119,228105,25229,821
Black8,5758,0451,618
Asian1,7651,6221,345
2+ Races1,6061,419511
Hispanic1,1961,088381
Native American27917199
Other Race21920862

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 94.98%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 76.20%.

Kanawha County, West Virginia Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,424$40,624$30,599
Less Than 9th Grade$20,293$24,195$16,317
High School Graduate$27,403$31,758$25,239
Some College$32,007$38,558$27,864
Bachelors Degree$46,351$52,632$41,396
Graduate Degree$63,539$81,242$55,800

$35,424

Average Earnings

$40,624

Average Male

$30,599

Average Female

Kanawha County, West Virginia Earnings by Educational Attainment

Kanawha County, West Virginia Language by Age

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Kanawha County, West Virginia Language

97.64% of Kanawha County, West Virginia residents speak only English, while 2.36% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 0.78% of the population.

Kanawha County, West Virginia Language

Kanawha County, West Virginia Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White158,13325,07415.86%
Black12,7693,68428.85%
Multiple4,9201,61032.72%
Hispanic1,98332516.39%
Asian2,20223210.54%
Native37016043.24%
Other3196921.63%

17.19%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.51%

Male Poverty Rate

17.83%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kanawha County, West Virginia

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kanawha County, West Virginia is Native, with 43.24% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kanawha County, West Virginia is Asian, with 10.54% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.96%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.48%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.00%.

Kanawha County, West Virginia Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade29.00%
High School17.42%
Some College12.62%
Bachelors or Greater5.15%

Kanawha County, West Virginia Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed54.55%
Male Unemployed29.91%
Female Employed7.95%
Male Employed5.86%

Kanawha County, West Virginia Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Kanawha County, West Virginia Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$46,639$66,597
Families$62,020$81,416
Married Families$76,702$97,464
Non Families$28,052$40,693
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Income by Household Type

Kanawha County, West Virginia Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.7%

Male Marriage Rate

45.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Kanawha County, West Virginia Married by Age and Sex

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Kanawha County, West Virginia 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 35-44.

Kanawha County, West Virginia Marital Status by Race

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Kanawha County, West Virginia Marital Status

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11,988

Number of Veterans

11,293

Male Veterans

695

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,751
First Gulf War2,061
Second Gulf War1,618
Korea1,035
World War II487

Kanawha County, West Virginia Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 743,629
75+3,015
35 to 542,203
55 to 642,145
18 to 34996

Kanawha County, West Virginia Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White11,1358.49%
Black5905.65%
2+ Races1527.08%
Hispanic1158.71%
Asian522.86%
Other Race3717.79%
Native American226.11%

Kanawha County, West Virginia Veterans by Race

Kanawha County, West Virginia Veterans by Education

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9.65%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.30%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kanawha County, West Virginia Veterans by Education

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55.5%

Labor Force Participation

52%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Kanawha County, West Virginia Employment by Age

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Kanawha County, West Virginia Employment by Race

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Kanawha County, West Virginia 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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80.38%

Born in Kanawha County, West Virginia

98.10%

Native Born

1.90%

Foreign Born

0.75%

Non Citizen

1.15%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.10% of Kanawha County, West Virginia residents were born in the United States, with 80.38% having been born in West Virginia. 0.75% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Kanawha County, West Virginia Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

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