The population of West Virginia is somewhat typical of a rural state with an aging population that is relatively homogenous in terms of racial and ethnic diversity.

In 2010, the state’s 1.85 million people had a median age of 41.3 compared to 37.2 years at the national level.  Additionally, nearly 94 percent of the state’s population reported their race as white. 

The population distribution in WV is geographically uneven with the majority of the population in the Northern and Eastern Panhandles and in the South Central Region.