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The 2000 Census showed that Kanawha County had a population of 200,073 people. This represented 11.06% of the total population of West Virginia, making it the state's most populous county (out of 55 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Kanawha had a population of 191,663 people. This is a decrease of 4.2% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010193,063-3.5%+0.73% since 2009
2009191,663-4.2%+0.4% since 2008
2007191,025-4.52%-0.34% since 2006
2006191,683-4.19%-0.6% since 2005
2005192,839-3.62%-0.88% since 2004
2004194,543-2.76%-0.39% since 2003
2003195,301-2.39%-0.37% since 2002
2002196,033-2.02%-0.84% since 2001
2001197,700-1.19%-1.19% since 2000
2000200,073The Last Census

Kanawha County had 93,788 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Kanawha County has a total area<3> of 910 square miles [2,359 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (7.89 square miles [20.44 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Kanawha County had a population density of 221.5 people per square mile [85.5 people/km²], making it the state's 8th most densely populated county (out of 55 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Kanawha County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Kanawha and the state of West Virginia.

Click here for the Kanawha County QuickFact (QF-54039).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Kanawha County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
South CharlestonQF-547529212,57413,390-6.09%
Saint AlbansQF-547121210,98411,567-5.04%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BooneQF-54005   S24,70925,535-3.23%
ClayQF-54015   E10,02210,330-2.98%
FayetteQF-54019   SE46,12347,579-3.06%
JacksonQF-54035   N28,06728,0000.24%
LincolnQF-54043   SW22,14722,1080.18%
NicholasQF-54067   E26,21326,562-1.31%
PutnamQF-54079   NW55,67351,5897.92%
RaleighQF-54081   SE79,18779,220---
RoaneQF-54087   NE14,87015,446-3.73%

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U.S. Census Bureau
Census QuickFact for Kanawha County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Kanawha. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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