Welch, WV Population

Population: 2,683. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,371 (-11.6% change)
Males: 1,206 (44.9%), Females: 1,477 (55.1%)

McDowell County

Zip code: 24801

Median resident age: 44.6 years
Median household income: $19,795
Median house value: $38,600

Races in Welch:

  • White Non-Hispanic (78.5%)
  • Black (19.3%)
  • Hispanic (1.0%)
  • American Indian (0.6%)
  • Two or more races (0.6%)

Ancestries: United States (18.8%), English (7.8%), Irish (6.3%), German (6.0%), Italian (5.5%), Scotch-Irish (2.2%).

Elevation: 1360 feet

Land area: 3.3 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Welch

  • High school or higher: 62.7%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 11.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.0%
  • Unemployed: 16.0%
  • Mean travel time to work: 21.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Welch city

  • Never married: 26.8%
  • Now married: 43.8%
  • Separated: 2.1%
  • Widowed: 14.2%
  • Divorced: 13.1%

2.0% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: -415 (-13.4%).

Hospitals

Hospital/medical center in Welch:

  • WELCH COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (454 MCDOWELL STREET)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Welch:

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Welch:

  • RALEIGH COUNTY MEMORIAL (about 40 miles; BECKLEY, WV; Abbreviation: BKW)
  • YEAGER (about 64 miles; CHARLESTON, WV; Abbreviation: CRW)
  • GREENBRIER VALLEY (about 88 miles; LEWISBURG, WV; Abbreviation: LWB)
Other public-use airports nearest to Welch:

  • WELCH MUNI (about 5 miles; WELCH, WV; Abbreviation: I25)
  • KEE FIELD (about 12 miles; PINEVILLE, WV; Abbreviation: I16)
  • MERCER COUNTY (about 29 miles; BLUEFIELD, WV; Abbreviation: BLF)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Welch:

  • BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE (about 28 miles; BLUEFIELD, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,096)
  • SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 29 miles; RICHLANDS, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,412)
  • CONCORD COLLEGE (about 40 miles; ATHENS, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,723)
  • WEST VIRGINIA STATE COLLEGE (about 59 miles; INSTITUTE, WV; Full-time enrollment: 3,688)
  • NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 67 miles; DUBLIN, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,262)
  • RADFORD UNIVERSITY (about 75 miles; RADFORD, VA; Full-time enrollment: 8,034)
  • NORTHEAST STATE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 83 miles; BLOUNTVILLE, TN; Full-time enrollment: 2,729)

Schools

Public high schools in Welch:

  • MOUNT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 532; Location: TOM’S MOUNTAIN. RT 52 NORTH; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • MCDOWELL COUNTY CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER (Location: DRAWER V; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Welch:

  • WELCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 265; Location: STEWART STREET; Grades: PK – 06)
  • MOUNT VIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 252; Location: 950 MOUNT VIEW ROAD; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • PHOENIX CENTER (Location: 275 VIRGINIA AVE; Grades: N – N )

Libraries

Library in Welch:

  • MCDOWELL COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $217,457; Location: 90 HOWARD ST.; 69,038 books; 2,552 audio materials; 897 video materials; 73 serial subscriptions)