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West Virginia in Focus: Census Bureau Primary Snapshot

     West Virginia, which holds its Republican caucus on Feb. 5, has a 2007 population of 1.8 million including a higher percentage of non-Hispanic whites, a lower percentage of blacks, and a lower percentage of Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. The state's Democratic primary is on May 13.

     About 57 percent of West Virginia’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, lower than the national rate of 64 percent.

     These and other statistics about West Virginia’ population at the state and local levels on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/>.

     Highlights include the following:

 Selected Characteristics West Virginia U.S.
 Women 51.0% 50.7%
 White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 94.1% 66.4%
 Black alone 3.3% 12.8%
 Hispanic or Latino 0.9% 14.8%
 Median household income $35,059 $48,451
 Foreign born 1.2% 12.5%
 Persons below poverty 17.3% 13.3%
 Bachelor's degree or higher (age 25+) 16.5% 27.0%
 Median home value $89,700 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014