West Virginia Geographic Mobility Demographics and Statistics
The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimates on West Virginia's population's geographic mobility each year. Mobility measures key components of migration patterns: how many people have moved to new homes in the past year, and from where, broken down further by demographics and other characteristics.
Unlike the Census, which is an exact count of people and households every ten years, ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. The ACS asks two questions about migration and geographic mobility. The population question asks about the household’s residence one year ago. The housing question asks for the year that the household moved into the housing unit.
How many West Virginia residents recently moved to new homes?
And from how far away?
How old are the newcomers to West Virginia?
Nationally, recent movers tend to be younger than long-time residents. This chart compares the median ages of long-term and new residents in West Virginia, as well as the overall median ages of each category throughout the United States.
Median Age by County for New Residents
The maps below display the median age of out-of-county newcomers (left) and out-of-state newcomers (right) for each county in West Virginia. Hover over a county to see its value.
Median Age: Out-of-County (2006-2010)
Median Age: Out-of-State (2006-2010)
How much money do new West Virginia residents make?
This chart shows the median incomes for new and long-term residents in West Virginia, compared with the median income for each category of residents throughout the United States.
Median Income by County for New Residents
The maps below display the median income of out-of-county newcomers (left) and out-of-state newcomers (right) for each county in West Virginia. Hover over a county to see its value.
Median Income: Out-of-County (2006-2010)
Median Income: Out-of-State (2006-2010)
About the Data
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. The following tables are used:
• Geographical Mobility: Table B07013, population 1 year and older.
• Median Age trend & maps: Table B07002, population 1 year and older.
• Median Income trend and maps: Table B07011, population 15 years and older with income.
This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.