These Are The 10 West Virginia Cities With The Largest Latino Population For 2019


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in West Virginia that have the largest Hispanic/Latino population in 2019

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in West Virginia with the largest Hispanic/Latino population.

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The Latino and Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.

That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.

But how has the increase impacted West Virginia? Where cities and towns in West Virginia have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?

Turns out there’s been a 25.3% increase in the Hispanic population in West Virginia.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in West Virginia with the largest Hispanic population in 2019:

  1. Charles Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Martinsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Princeton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Morgantown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Buckhannon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Clarksburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. South Charleston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Huntington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Dunbar (Homes For Sale)
  10. Bridgeport (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Charles Town took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in West Virginia for 2019.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where West Virginia ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Hispanic, check out the best places to live in West Virginia or the most diverse places in West Virginia.

How We Determined The Cities In West Virginia With The Largest Hispanic Population 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:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • 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*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as 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 percent of residents that are Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 8.6% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic or Latino population with a higher score being more Hispanic or Latino than a lower score. Charles Town took the distinction of being the most Hispanic or Latino, while Grafton was the least Hispanic or Latino city.

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

Charles Town, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,766
% Hispanic/Latino: 8.55%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 493
Percent Change Since 2010: 130.37%
More on Charles Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Martinsburg, WV

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 17,451
% Hispanic/Latino: 5.17%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 902
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.12%
More on Martinsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Princeton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,967
% Hispanic/Latino: 3.75%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 224
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Princeton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Princeton, often referred to as the “Jewel of the South,” is a city in and the county seat of Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 6,432 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,342. The town hosts the Princeton Rays baseball club of the Appalachian League.

Morgantown, WV

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,099
% Hispanic/Latino: 3.19%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 960
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.27%
More on Morgantown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Buckhannon, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,596
% Hispanic/Latino: 2.54%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 142
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.39%
More on Buckhannon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Buckhannon is the only incorporated city in, and the county seat of, Upshur County, West Virginia, United States, and is located along the Buckhannon River. The population was 5,639 at the 2010 census. Buckhannon is home to West Virginia Wesleyan College and the West Virginia Strawberry Festival, held annually on the third week of May. The city is located 115 miles northeast from the capital city of Charleston and 140 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Clarksburg, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,963
% Hispanic/Latino: 2.46%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 392
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.44%
More on Clarksburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clarksburg is a city in and the county seat of Harrison County, West Virginia, United States, in the north-central region of the state. The population of the city was 16,578 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Clarksburg, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 94,221 in 2014. Clarksburg was named National Small City of the Year in 2011 by the National League of Cities.

South Charleston, WV

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,902
% Hispanic/Latino: 2.26%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 291
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.3%
More on South Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Huntington, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 48,034
% Hispanic/Latino: 1.96%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 941
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.05%
More on Huntington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,571
% Hispanic/Latino: 1.77%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 134
Percent Change Since 2010: 131.03%
More on Dunbar: Real Estate | Data

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

Bridgeport, WV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,382
% Hispanic/Latino: 1.69%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 142
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.98%
More on Bridgeport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bridgeport is a city in Harrison County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 8,149 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – Hispanic or Latino Populations Across West Virginia

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Latino populations across West Virginia according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

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

  1. Grafton
  2. Keyser
  3. Nitro

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In West Virginia

Rank City % Hispanic Population
1 Charles Town 8.55% 5,766
2 Martinsburg 5.17% 17,451
3 Princeton 3.75% 5,967
4 Morgantown 3.19% 30,099
5 Buckhannon 2.54% 5,596
6 Clarksburg 2.46% 15,963
7 South Charleston 2.26% 12,902
8 Huntington 1.96% 48,034
9 Dunbar 1.77% 7,571
10 Bridgeport 1.69% 8,382
11 Elkins 1.69% 7,154
12 Moundsville 1.58% 8,737
13 Weirton 1.48% 19,081
14 Oak Hill 1.44% 8,565
15 Charleston 1.42% 49,384
16 Beckley 1.33% 16,963
17 Parkersburg 1.21% 30,596
18 Vienna 1.19% 10,547
19 Bluefield 1.16% 10,144
20 Wheeling 1.05% 27,521
21 Fairmont 0.89% 18,575
22 St. Albans 0.71% 10,600
23 New Martinsville 0.69% 5,222
24 Hurricane 0.6% 6,450
25 Nitro 0.38% 6,534
26 Keyser 0.29% 5,183
27 Grafton 0.04% 5,118

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