These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In West Virginia For 2019


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in West Virginia.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in West Virginia.


Most Diverse Cities In West Virginia

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven’t dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it’s not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of West Virginia where there’s a high level of diversity — where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 27 cities in West Virginia from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in West Virginia for 2019:

  1. Beckley (Photos)
  2. Charles Town (Photos)
  3. Bluefield (Photos)
  4. Martinsburg (Photos)
  5. Charleston (Photos)
  6. Dunbar
  7. Morgantown (Photos)
  8. Keyser (Photos)
  9. Huntington (Photos)
  10. South Charleston (Photos)

So what city is the most diverse in West Virginia? According to the most Census data, Beckley took the number one over all spot for diversity in West Virginia.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where West Virginia ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

How we determined the most diverse cities in West Virginia for 2019

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across West Virginia.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: HISPANIC OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 27 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 5,467 (Beckley) to 9,517 (New Martinsville).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Beckley took the distinction of being the most diverse, while New Martinsville was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in West Virginia ranked for diversity or, for a more general take on diversity in america, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In West Virginia For 2019

Beckley, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 16,963

HHI: 5,467
% White: 70.4%
% African American: 22.1%
% Asian: 2.9%
More on Beckley: PhotosData

Beckley is a city in and the county seat of Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. It was founded on April 4, 1838. Beckley was named in honor of John James Beckley, who was the first Clerk of the House of Representatives and the first Librarian of Congress. It was founded by his son Alfred Beckley. The current mayor is Rob Rappold

Charles Town, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,766

HHI: 5,490
% White: 72.3%
% African American: 13.6%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on Charles Town: PhotosData

Charles Town, officially the City of Charles Town, is a city in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and is also the county seat. The population was 5,259 at the 2010 United States Census.

Bluefield, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,144

HHI: 5,711
% White: 71.1%
% African American: 25.5%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Bluefield: PhotosData

Bluefield is a city in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 10,447 at the 2010 census. It is the core city of the Bluefield WV-VA micropolitan area, which has a population of 107,342.

Martinsburg, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 17,451

HHI: 5,865
% White: 75.0%
% African American: 13.9%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Martinsburg: PhotosData

Martinsburg is a city in and the county seat of Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States, in the tip of the state’s Eastern Panhandle region. Its population was 17,687 in the 2016 census estimate, making it the largest city in the Eastern Panhandle and the ninth-largest municipality in the state. Martinsburg is part of the Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 49,384

HHI: 6,199
% White: 77.2%
% African American: 14.7%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on Charleston: PhotosData

Charleston is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, it had a population of 50,821, while its metropolitan area had 224,743. It is a center of government, commerce, and industry.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,571

HHI: 6,686
% White: 80.9%
% African American: 10.3%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Dunbar: Data

Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census.

Morgantown, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,099

HHI: 7,116
% White: 84.0%
% African American: 5.3%
% Asian: 4.5%
More on Morgantown: PhotosData

Morgantown is a city in and the county seat of Monongalia County, West Virginia, situated along the banks of the Monongahela River. With a permanent population of 31,073 per the 2015 U.S. Census estimates, Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia. The Morgantown metropolitan area has a population of 138,176, and is the 3rd largest in West Virginia. West Virginia University adds several thousand seasonal residents to the city and surrounding area from September through May. Morgantown is best known as the home of West Virginia University and the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system.

Keyser, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,183

HHI: 7,131
% White: 83.5%
% African American: 12.4%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Keyser: PhotosData

Keyser is a city in and the county seat of Mineral County, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,439 at the 2010 census.

Huntington, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 48,034

HHI: 7,176
% White: 84.2%
% African American: 8.7%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Huntington: PhotosData

Huntington is a city in Cabell County and Wayne County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Cabell County, and largest city in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as the Tri-State Area. A historic and bustling city of commerce and heavy industry, Huntington has long-flourished due to its ideal location on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River. It is home to the Port of Huntington Tri-State, the busiest inland port in the United States.

South Charleston, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,902

HHI: 7,238
% White: 84.6%
% African American: 5.4%
% Asian: 1.1%
More on South Charleston: PhotosData

There You Have It – Diversity Across West Virginia

If you’re looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across West Virginia, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in West Virginia:

  1. New Martinsville
  2. Moundsville
  3. Hurricane

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In West Virginia For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Beckley, WV 16,963 5,467
2 Charles Town, WV 5,766 5,490
3 Bluefield, WV 10,144 5,711
4 Martinsburg, WV 17,451 5,865
5 Charleston, WV 49,384 6,199
6 Dunbar, WV 7,571 6,686
7 Morgantown, WV 30,099 7,116
8 Keyser, WV 5,183 7,131
9 Huntington, WV 48,034 7,176
10 South Charleston, WV 12,902 7,238
11 Princeton, WV 5,967 7,367
12 Fairmont, WV 18,575 7,834
13 Nitro, WV 6,534 7,888
14 Wheeling, WV 27,521 8,146
15 Oak Hill, WV 8,565 8,266
16 Elkins, WV 7,154 8,296
17 Clarksburg, WV 15,963 8,328
18 Buckhannon, WV 5,596 8,343
19 Weirton, WV 19,081 8,498
20 Grafton, WV 5,118 8,592
21 Bridgeport, WV 8,382 8,603
22 Parkersburg, WV 30,596 8,728
23 Vienna, WV 10,547 8,922
24 St. Albans, WV 10,600 8,939
25 Hurricane, WV 6,450 9,084
26 Moundsville, WV 8,737 9,350
27 New Martinsville, WV 5,222 9,517

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