The 10 Most Diverse Cities In West Virginia For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh 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 2021:

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

So what city is the most diverse in West Virginia? According to the most Census data, Bluefield 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:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In West Virginia For 2021

Bluefield, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 9,889

HHI: 5,291
% White: 67.8%
% African American: 25.9%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Bluefield: PhotosData

Charles Town, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,943

HHI: 5,300
% White: 71.1%
% African American: 10.5%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on Charles Town: PhotosData

Beckley, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 16,452

HHI: 5,733
% White: 72.6%
% African American: 21.3%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Beckley: PhotosData

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,333

HHI: 6,021
% White: 76.1%
% African American: 13.3%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Dunbar: Data

Martinsburg, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,475

HHI: 6,094
% White: 76.6%
% African American: 13.9%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Martinsburg: PhotosData

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 48,006

HHI: 6,233
% White: 77.3%
% African American: 15.6%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on Charleston: PhotosData

South Charleston, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,475

HHI: 6,597
% White: 80.5%
% African American: 8.4%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on South Charleston: PhotosData

Huntington, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 46,667

HHI: 7,194
% White: 84.3%
% African American: 8.3%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Huntington: PhotosData

Morgantown, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,712

HHI: 7,334
% White: 85.4%
% African American: 4.1%
% Asian: 3.4%
More on Morgantown: PhotosData

Keyser, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,050

HHI: 7,389
% White: 85.1%
% African American: 12.0%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Keyser: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in West Virginia for 2021

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 2015-2019 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 5,291 (Bluefield) to 9,671 (New Martinsville).

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

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.

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. Parkersburg

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In West Virginia For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Bluefield, WV 9,889 5,291
2 Charles Town, WV 5,943 5,300
3 Beckley, WV 16,452 5,733
4 Dunbar, WV 7,333 6,021
5 Martinsburg, WV 17,475 6,094
6 Charleston, WV 48,006 6,233
7 South Charleston, WV 12,475 6,597
8 Huntington, WV 46,667 7,194
9 Morgantown, WV 30,712 7,334
10 Keyser, WV 5,050 7,389
11 Fairmont, WV 18,458 7,827
12 Princeton, WV 5,831 7,841
13 Oak Hill, WV 8,336 7,888
14 Buckhannon, WV 5,486 7,913
15 Nitro, WV 5,997 8,019
16 Wheeling, WV 27,062 8,177
17 Clarksburg, WV 15,553 8,276
18 Elkins, WV 7,072 8,349
19 St. Albans, WV 10,270 8,470
20 Weirton, WV 18,670 8,548
21 Hurricane, WV 6,482 8,630
22 Bridgeport, WV 8,556 8,752
23 Grafton, WV 5,061 8,762
24 Vienna, WV 10,348 8,780
25 Parkersburg, WV 30,021 8,782
26 Moundsville, WV 8,486 9,334
27 New Martinsville, WV 5,162 9,671

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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