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State Demographics Data - WV

West Virginia

Demographics & Social
2015
2000
1990
Demographics

Note: The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.

Foreign Born
Number 29,522
% Foreign Born 1.6%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2015 52.3%
% change: 1990-2000 23.4%
Race (%)  
One race 97.8%
White
53.8%
Black or African American
5.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.0%
Asian
32.9%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
5.3%
Two or more races 2.2%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 5,969
% Latino 20.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.9%
5-17 3.5%
18-64 75.9%
65 and older 18.7%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS. 2) The letter N Indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

39.9
Gender (% female) 49.3%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 22.8%
Married 61.3%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 15.9%

Note: The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

U.S. Born
Number 1,814,606
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 1.4%
% change: 1990-2000 0.6%
Race (%)  
One race 98.4%
White 94.1%
Black or African American 3.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.0%
Asian 0.2%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 0.1%
Two or more races 1.6%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 20,694
% Latino 1.1%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 5.6%
5-17 15.2%
18-64 60.9%
65 and older 18.2%
Median Age 41.8
Gender (% female) 50.8%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 27.9%
Married 48.5%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 23.5%
Foreign Born
Number 19,390
% Foreign Born 1.1%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011  
 
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Number 1,788,954
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Foreign Born
Number 15,712
% Foreign Born 0.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Number 1,777,765
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Place of Birth Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at sea)

Note: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.

29,522
Born in Africa 1,202
Born in Asia 12,774
Born in Europe 7,668
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 6,493
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1,140
Born in Oceania 245
Top 3 Countries of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year. The estimate for China excludes Taiwan.

 
Country #1 China (exc. Taiwan)
Country #2 India
Country #3 Philippines
Detailed Region/Country of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.

29,522
Europe 7,668
Northern Europe 1,232
United Kingdom
998
Ireland
234
Other Northern Europe
0
Western Europe 2,821
France
306
Germany
2,396
Other Western Europe
119
Southern Europe 2,006
Italy
818
Portugal
0
Other Southern Europe
1,188
Eastern Europe 1,572
Poland
413
Russia
656
Other Eastern Europe
503
Other Europe (no country specified) 37
Asia 12,774
Eastern Asia 3,298
China
2,818

China, excluding Taiwan

2,631

Taiwan

187
Japan
237
Korea
243
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 5,404
India
2,582
Iran
1,662
Other South Central Asia
1,160
Southeastern Asia 3,297
Philippines
1,398
Vietnam
1,118
Other Southeastern Asia
781
Western Asia 705
Israel
0
Lebanon
61
Other Western Asia
644
Other Asia (no country specified) 70
Africa 1,202
Eastern Africa 184
Northern Africa
459
Western Africa
361
Middle and Southern Africa
148
Other Africa (no country specified)
50
Oceania 245
Australia and New Zealand subregion 219
Oceania (no country specified) 26
Americas 7,633
Latin America 6,493
Caribbean
1,965

Cuba

633

Jamaica

266

Other Caribbean

1,066
Central America
2,158

Mexico

1,211

El Salvador

153

Other Central America

794
South America
2,370

Brazil

254

Colombia

455

Other South America

1,661
Northern America 1,140
Canada
1,073
Other Northern America
67
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 11,190
1990-1999 5,095
2000-2009 5,272
Since 2010 7,965
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 4.1%
Born in Asia 43.3%
Born in Europe 26.0%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 22.0%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 3.9%
Born in Oceania 0.8%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 9.0%
Country #2 7.5%
Country #3 6.0%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 26.0%
Northern Europe 4.2%
United Kingdom 3.4%
Ireland 0.8%
Other Northern Europe 0.0%
Western Europe 9.6%
France 1.0%
Germany 8.1%
Other Western Europe 0.4%
Southern Europe 6.8%
Italy 2.8%
Portugal 0.0%
Other Southern Europe 4.0%
Eastern Europe 5.3%
Poland 1.4%
Russia 2.2%
Other Eastern Europe 1.7%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.1%
Asia 43.3%
Eastern Asia 11.2%
China 9.5%
China, excluding Taiwan 8.9%
Taiwan 0.6%
Japan 0.8%
Korea 0.8%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 18.3%
India 8.7%
Iran 5.6%
Other South Central Asia 3.9%
Southeastern Asia 11.2%
Philippines 4.7%
Vietnam 3.8%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.6%
Western Asia 2.4%
Israel 0.0%
Lebanon 0.2%
Other Western Asia 2.2%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.2%
Africa 4.1%
Eastern Africa 0.6%
Northern Africa 1.6%
Western Africa 1.2%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.5%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.2%
Oceania 0.8%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.7%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.1%
Americas 25.9%
Latin America 22.0%
Caribbean 6.7%
Cuba 2.1%
Jamaica 0.9%
Other Caribbean 3.6%
Central America 7.3%
Mexico 4.1%
El Salvador 0.5%
Other Central America 2.7%
South America 8.0%
Brazil 0.9%
Colombia 1.5%
Other South America 5.6%
Northern America 3.9%
Canada 3.6%
Other Northern America 0.2%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 37.9%
1980-1989 17.3%
1990-1999 17.9%
Since 2000 27.0%
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 19,390
Born in Africa 664
Born in Asia 8,385
Born in Europe 6,694
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 2,411
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1,078
Cat28 158
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Germany
Country #2 India
Country #3 United Kingdom
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 3.4%
Born in Asia 43.2%
Born in Europe 34.5%
Born in Latin America 12.4%
Born in Northern America 5.6%
Born in Oceania 0.8%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 8.9%
Country #2 8.7%
Country #3 7.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 15,317
Born in Africa 489
Born in Asia 5,581
Born in Europe 7,014
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 1,201
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 952
Cat21 80
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 United Kingdom
Country #2 Germany
Country #3 Italy
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 3.2%
Born in Asia 36.4%
Born in Europe 45.8%
Born in Latin America 7.8%
Born in Northern America 6.2%
Born in Oceania 0.5%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 10.5%
Country #2 9.5%
Country #3 9.2%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 29,522
Naturalized citizens 15,430
Noncitizens 14,092
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 15,430
Before 1980 3,769
1980-1989 1,891
1990-1999 3,076
2000-2009 3,995
Since 2010 2,699
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 52.3%
Noncitizens 47.7%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 24.4%
1980-1989 12.3%
1990-1999 19.9%
2000-2009 25.9%
Since 2010 17.5%
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 19,390
Naturalized citizens 10,446
Noncitizens 8,944
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 53.9%
Noncitizens 46.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 15,712
Naturalized citizens 9,276
Noncitizens 6,436
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 59.0%
Noncitizens 41.0%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fertility Foreign Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 8,203
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 482
% married among women who gave birth
100.0%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
0.0%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 396,793
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 19,188
% married among women who gave birth 54.7%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 45.3%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS. 2) The letter N indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

Foreign Born
Average household size 2.58
Average family size 3.23
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.43
Average family size 3.00
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
 
Population
Population
Population
Children under 18 Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.

 
Children under age 18 with 351,552
Only native parent(s)
341,721
One or more foreign-born parents
9,831

Child is native

8,888

Child is foreign born

943
Children under age 6 with 116,078
Only native parent(s)
111,891
One or more foreign-born parents
4,187

Child is native

3,612

Child is foreign born

575
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 235,474
Only native parent(s)
229,830
One or more foreign-born parents
5,644

Child is native

5,276

Child is foreign born

368
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

164,474
Only native parents 161,343
One or more foreign-born parents 3,131
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 97.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.8%
Child is native 2.5%
Child is foreign born 0.3%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 96.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.6%
Child is native 3.1%
Child is foreign born 0.5%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 97.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.4%
Child is native 2.2%
Child is foreign born 0.2%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 98.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 1.9%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 388,508
Only native parent(s) 380,587
One or more foreign-born parents 7,921
Child is native 7,270
Child is foreign born 651
Children under age 6 with 121,232
Only native parent(s) 118,457
One or more foreign-born parents 2,775
Child is native 2,699
Child is foreign born 76
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 267,276
Only native parent(s) 262,130
One or more foreign-born parents 5,146
Child is native 4,571
Child is foreign born 575
Children in Low-Income Families* 191,833
Only native parents 188,758
One or more foreign-born parents 3,075
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 98.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.0%
Child is native 1.9%
Child is foreign born 0.2%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 97.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.3%
Child is native 2.2%
Child is foreign born 0.1%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 98.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 1.9%
Child is native 1.7%
Child is foreign born 0.2%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 98.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 1.6%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 429,174
Only native parent(s) 421,807
One or more foreign-born parents 7,367
Child is native 6,635
Child is foreign born 732
Children under age 6 with 125,818
Only native parent(s) 123,816
One or more foreign-born parents 2,002
Child is native 1,851
Child is foreign born 151
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 303,356
Only native parent(s) 297,991
One or more foreign-born parents 5,365
Child is native 4,784
Child is foreign born 581
Children in Low-Income Families* 216,370
Only native parents 214,308
One or more foreign-born parents 2,062
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 98.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 1.7%
Child is native 1.5%
Child is foreign born 0.2%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 98.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 1.6%
Child is native 1.5%
Child is foreign born 0.1%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 98.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 1.8%
Child is native 1.6%
Child is foreign born 0.2%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 99.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 1.0%

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2015 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census data as well as ACS microdata are from Steven Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, Trent Alexander, Catherine A. Fitch, Ronald Goeken, Patricia Kelly Hall, Miriam King, and Chad Ronnander, "Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 4.0" (Machine-readable database, Minnesota Population Center [producer and distributor], 2011).

Definitions

  • The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.
  • The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
  • The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

Data-related notes

  • The letter N indicates that an estimate could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.
  • For “Median Age” and “Household Size”: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS.
  • Region of birth: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 census and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.
  • Countries of birth: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.
  • Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under age 18 who reside in a home with no parents.