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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 36.9% increase in the Hispanic population in West Virginia.
What's the city in West Virginia with the largest hispanic/latino population? Charles Town took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in West Virginia for 2022.
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.
Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In West Virginia With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2022
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 2016-2020 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*
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 26 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 10.8% 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 New Martinsville was the least Hispanic or Latino city. You can download the data here.
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.
Summary: 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:
- New Martinsville
- Oak Hill
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Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In West Virginia