McDowell County, West Virginia Population 2021

McDowell County, West Virginia's estimated population is 16,430 with a growth rate of -3.51% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. McDowell County, West Virginia is the 34th largest county in West Virginia. The 2010 Population was 22,097 and has seen a growth of -25.65% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202116,430-597-3.51%
202017,027-597-3.39%
201917,624-597-3.28%
201818,221-284-1.53%
201718,505-687-3.58%
201619,192-570-2.88%
201519,762-623-3.06%
201420,385-573-2.73%
201320,958-360-1.69%
201221,318-412-1.90%
201121,730-367-1.66%
201022,097-13,136-37.28%
199035,233-14,666-29.39%
198049,899-767-1.51%
197050,666-20,693-29.00%
196071,359-27,528-27.84%
195098,8874,5334.80%
194094,3543,8754.28%
193090,47921,90831.95%
192068,57120,71543.29%
191047,85629,109155.27%
190018,74711,447156.81%
18907,3004,226137.48%
18803,0741,12257.48%
18701,95241727.17%
18601,5350.00%
2021 Growth Rate
-3.51%
County Website
Founded
February 28, 1858
County Seat
2010 Population
22,097
Growth Since 2010
-25.65%
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McDowell County, West Virginia Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White16,62889.11%
Black or African American1,5518.31%
Two or More Races2411.29%
Some Other Race1810.97%
American Indian and Alaska Native470.25%
Asian130.07%
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McDowell County, West Virginia Population by Race

McDowell County, West Virginia Population Pyramid $2021

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McDowell County, West Virginia Median Age

45


Total

42.4


Male

48.3


Female

McDowell County, West Virginia Adults

There are 14,833 adults, (3,875 of whom are seniors) in McDowell County, West Virginia.

McDowell County, West Virginia Age Dependency

70.3

Age Dependency Ratio

35.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.9

Child Dependency Ratio

McDowell County, West Virginia Sex Ratio

Female

9,066

48.58%

Male

9,595

51.42%

McDowell County, West Virginia Population by Age

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

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McDowell County, West Virginia Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married86.1%13.9%
All78.7%21.3%
Non Family74.8%25.2%
Female69.8%30.2%
Male69.1%30.9%

78.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

McDowell County, West Virginia Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,6072.2678.7
Married3,4462.7986.1
Non Family2,3911.174.8
Female1,1852.7969.8
Male5852.8469.1

2.69

Average Family Size

2.26

Average Household Size

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McDowell County, West Virginia Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,75212.82%
9th to 12th Grade2,53318.54%
High School Graduate6,42747.04%
Some College1,76512.92%
Associates Degree4503.29%
Bachelors Degree4673.42%
Graduate Degree2691.97%
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McDowell County, West Virginia Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

McDowell County, West Virginia Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White12,1448,059616
Black1,2081,088120
Hispanic251203
Other Race167130
Native American4728
2+ Races1414
Asian13

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among black people with a rate of 9.93%.

McDowell County, West Virginia Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$25,606$30,383$22,244
Less Than 9th Grade$30,156$31,420$18,802
High School Graduate$23,583$27,043$18,315
Some College$22,380$26,250$20,898
Bachelors Degree$39,398$37,422$39,688
Graduate Degree$41,298$$41,250

$25,606

Average Earnings

$30,383

Average Male

$22,244

Average Female

McDowell County, West Virginia Earnings by Educational Attainment

McDowell County, West Virginia Language by Age

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McDowell County, West Virginia Language

98.02% of McDowell County, West Virginia residents speak only English, while 1.98% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.46% of the population.

McDowell County, West Virginia Language

McDowell County, West Virginia Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White15,8805,34533.66%
Black1,01228127.77%
Multiple2264620.35%
Native1919100.00%
Hispanic561323.21%

33.15%

Overall Poverty Rate

31.63%

Male Poverty Rate

34.54%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in McDowell County, West Virginia

The race most likely to be in poverty in McDowell County, West Virginia is Native, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in McDowell County, West Virginia is Multiple, with 20.35% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.27%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 36.78%.

McDowell County, West Virginia Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.31%
High School28.97%
Some College14.83%
Bachelors or Greater7.74%

McDowell County, West Virginia Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed80.17%
Male Unemployed53.07%
Female Employed15.09%
Male Employed8.90%

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

McDowell County, West Virginia Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$27,682$37,916
Families$31,929$44,515
Married Families$41,474-
Non Families$17,401$20,514
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Income by Household Type

McDowell County, West Virginia Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.4%

Male Marriage Rate

47.4%

Female Marriage Rate

McDowell County, West Virginia Married by Age and Sex

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McDowell 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.

McDowell County, West Virginia Marital Status by Race

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McDowell County, West Virginia Marital Status

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1,013

Number of Veterans

993

Male Veterans

20

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam451
Korea116
First Gulf War90
Second Gulf War50
World War II

McDowell County, West Virginia Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74409
75+256
35 to 54176
55 to 64147
18 to 3425

McDowell County, West Virginia Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9086.83%
Black866.61%
Native American1940.43%

McDowell County, West Virginia Veterans by Race

McDowell County, West Virginia Veterans by Education

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13.58%

Veteran Poverty Rate

66.21%

Veteran Disability Rate

McDowell County, West Virginia Veterans by Education

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28.2%

Labor Force Participation

24.7%

Employment Rate

12.5%

Unemployment Rate

McDowell County, West Virginia Employment by Age

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McDowell County, West Virginia Employment by Race

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McDowell 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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75.37%

Born in McDowell County, West Virginia

99.05%

Native Born

0.95%

Foreign Born

0.80%

Non Citizen

0.16%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.05% of McDowell County, West Virginia residents were born in the United States, with 75.37% having been born in West Virginia. 0.80% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

McDowell 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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