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State Demographics Data - WV

West Virginia

Demographics & Social
2017
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 29,954
% Foreign Born 1.6%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2017 54.5%
% change: 1990-2000 23.4%
Race (%)  
One race 99.0%
White
45.1%
Black or African American
12.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.0%
Asian
30.7%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
9.7%
Two or more races 1.0%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 4,745
% Latino 15.8%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.8%
5-17 3.9%
18-64 75.7%
65 and older 19.6%
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 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2017 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.

41.2
Gender (% female) 53.0%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 28.8%
Married 54.2%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 17.0%

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 1,785,903
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -0.2%
% change: 1990-2000 0.6%
Race (%)  
One race 98.3%
White 93.6%
Black or African American 3.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.0%
Asian 0.3%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 0.5%
Two or more races 1.7%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 18,062
% Latino 1.0%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 5.5%
5-17 15.4%
18-64 59.9%
65 and older 19.3%
Median Age 42.2
Gender (% female) 50.6%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 28.3%
Married 48.8%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 22.9%
Foreign Born
Number 19,390
% Foreign Born 1.1%
Population Change over Time  
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U.S. Born
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.

29,954
Born in Africa 3,797
Born in Asia 12,372
Born in Europe 5,903
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 5,869
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1,644
Born in Oceania 369
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.

29,954
Europe 5,903
Northern Europe 2,244
United Kingdom
2,016
Ireland
0
Other Northern Europe
228
Western Europe 1,804
France
314
Germany
1,275
Other Western Europe
215
Southern Europe 775
Italy
331
Portugal
11
Other Southern Europe
433
Eastern Europe 1,080
Poland
122
Russia
370
Other Eastern Europe
588
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 12,372
Eastern Asia 3,350
China
2,022

China, excluding Taiwan

1,920

Taiwan

102
Japan
789
Korea
539
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 4,227
India
3,049
Iran
399
Other South Central Asia
779
Southeastern Asia 2,631
Philippines
2,124
Vietnam
286
Other Southeastern Asia
221
Western Asia 2,164
Israel
138
Lebanon
110
Other Western Asia
1,916
Other Asia (no country specified) 0
Africa 3,797
Eastern Africa 1,240
Northern Africa
83
Western Africa
2,085
Middle and Southern Africa
92
Other Africa (no country specified)
297
Oceania 369
Australia and New Zealand subregion 227
Oceania (no country specified) 142
Americas 7,513
Latin America 5,869
Caribbean
993

Cuba

111

Jamaica

650

Other Caribbean

232
Central America
3,873

Mexico

2,345

El Salvador

877

Other Central America

651
South America
1,003

Brazil

264

Colombia

295

Other South America

444
Northern America 1,644
Canada
1,644
Other Northern America
0
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 8,844
1990-1999 5,368
2000-2009 8,333
Since 2010 7,409
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 12.7%
Born in Asia 41.3%
Born in Europe 19.7%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 19.6%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 5.5%
Born in Oceania 1.2%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 9.00%
Country #2 7.50%
Country #3 6
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 19.7%
Northern Europe 7.5%
United Kingdom 6.7%
Ireland 0.0%
Other Northern Europe 0.8%
Western Europe 6.0%
France 1.0%
Germany 4.3%
Other Western Europe 0.7%
Southern Europe 2.6%
Italy 1.1%
Portugal 0.0%
Other Southern Europe 1.4%
Eastern Europe 3.6%
Poland 0.4%
Russia 1.2%
Other Eastern Europe 2.0%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 41.3%
Eastern Asia 11.2%
China 6.8%
China, excluding Taiwan 6.4%
Taiwan 0.3%
Japan 2.6%
Korea 1.8%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 14.1%
India 10.2%
Iran 1.3%
Other South Central Asia 2.6%
Southeastern Asia 8.8%
Philippines 7.1%
Vietnam 1.0%
Other Southeastern Asia 0.7%
Western Asia 7.2%
Israel 0.5%
Lebanon 0.4%
Other Western Asia 6.4%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.0%
Africa 12.7%
Eastern Africa 4.1%
Northern Africa 0.3%
Western Africa 7.0%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.3%
Other Africa (no country specified) 1.0%
Oceania 1.2%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.8%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.5%
Americas 25.1%
Latin America 19.6%
Caribbean 3.3%
Cuba 0.4%
Jamaica 2.2%
Other Caribbean 0.8%
Central America 12.9%
Mexico 7.8%
El Salvador 2.9%
Other Central America 2.2%
South America 3.3%
Brazil 0.9%
Colombia 1.0%
Other South America 1.5%
Northern America 5.5%
Canada 5.5%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 29.5%
1980-1989 17.9%
1990-1999 27.8%
Since 2000 24.7%
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 8.90%
Country #2 8.70%
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 0
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 9.50%
Country #3 9.20%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 29,954
Naturalized citizens 15,690
Noncitizens 14,264
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 15,690
Before 1980 2,809
1980-1989 1,159
1990-1999 2,777
2000-2009 5,089
Since 2010 3,856
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 52.4%
Noncitizens 47.6%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 17.9%
1980-1989 7.4%
1990-1999 17.7%
2000-2009 32.4%
Since 2010 24.6%
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) 8,862
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 529
% 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) 386,931
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 18,352
% married among women who gave birth 56.0%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 44.0%
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 2012-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2017 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 2.56
Average family size 3.2
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.42
Average family size 2.97
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 339,045
Only native parent(s)
327,407
One or more foreign-born parents
11,638

Child is native

10,691

Child is foreign born

947
Children under age 6 with 110,648
Only native parent(s)
107,635
One or more foreign-born parents
3,013

Child is native

2,775

Child is foreign born

238
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 228,397
Only native parent(s)
219,772
One or more foreign-born parents
8,625

Child is native

7,916

Child is foreign born

709
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.

156,833
Only native parents 153,030
One or more foreign-born parents 3,803
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 96.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.4%
Child is native 3.2%
Child is foreign born 0.3%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 97.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.7%
Child is native 2.5%
Child is foreign born 0.2%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 96.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.8%
Child is native 3.5%
Child is foreign born 0.3%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 97.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.4%
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 the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2017 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, Sarah Flood, Ronald Goeken, Josiah Grover, Erin Meyer, Jose Pacas, and Matthew Sobek. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) USA: Version 8.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2018. https://doi.org/10.18128/D010.V8.0.

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2017 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.