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The 2000 Census showed that McDowell County had a population of 27,329 people. This represented 1.51% of the total population of West Virginia, making it the state's 23rd most populous county (out of 55 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, McDowell had a population of 22,398 people. This is a decrease of 18.04% 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
200922,398-18.04%-0.9% since 2008
200822,602-17.3%-1.06% since 2007
200722,843-16.41%-1.77% since 2006
200623,254-14.91%-2.13% since 2005
200523,759-13.06%-2.28% since 2004
200424,314-11.03%-2.87% since 2003
200325,032-8.4%-2.91% since 2002
200225,781-5.66%-2.14% since 2001
200126,344-3.6%-3.6% since 2000
200027,329The Last Census

McDowell County had 13,582 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that McDowell County has a total area<3> of 534 square miles [1,385 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.18 square miles [0.47 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, McDowell County had a population density of 51.1 people per square mile [19.73 people/km²], making it the state's 28th 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 McDowell County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between McDowell and the state of West Virginia.

Click here for the McDowell County QuickFact (QF-54047).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Buchanan (VA)QF-51027   W22,86026,978-15.26%
Tazewell (VA)QF-51185   S44,90744,5980.69%
MercerQF-54055   E61,92162,980-1.68%
MingoQF-54059   NW26,38728,253-6.6%
WyomingQF-54109   N23,30425,708-9.35%

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Census QuickFact for McDowell 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 McDowell. 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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