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The West Virginia statute for state public records is the Freedom of Information Act, enacted to provide access to the documents and information generated in the daily operation of state government. This would apply to records generated by all state, county, and municipal agencies. These records may be requested in writing from the West Virginia State Treasurer's office. The state treasurer's office details online the request process and the documents available under the state Freedom of Information Act. West Virginia was admitted to the union in 1863, one of the only two states formed during the American Civil War. West Virginia boasts a population of almost 1.9 million people and is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain range. The largest city and capital is Charleston. There are fifteen other cities within the state having a population of more than 10,000 residents. West Virginia is divided into 55 counties. Coal is the major resource and industry in the state. The West Virginia State Police are responsible for maintaining and issuing criminal background checks and records. There is a plethora of West Virginia public records readily available online. Request criminal records, learn about most wanted fugitives and inmate information from the state police. The Department of Health and Human Services is a great resource for birth, death and marriage records. Learn how the laws of the state are adjudicated in the West Virginia judicial system. Explore the possibility of living in West Virginia by examining the housing and real estate data. You may also want to look at the income and earnings for the residents of the state. Get an idea of the economy of the state by looking at the abundance of information on business statistics for West Virginia. Check out the ins and outs of the county governments and services as well as the endless possibilities the individual cities of West Virginia have to offer. Come back to this site regularly to check for new sources are the most current services.
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  • Where can I find if someone has a warrant for their arrest in West Virginia?
    The following search is available to the public from the West Virginia State Police's website: West Virginia State Police Most Wanted West Virginia State Police Cold Case Files WV Division of Corrections Parole Absconders Web Link US Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Most Wanted FBI's Web Site with Most Wanted
  • Where can I find in West Virginia, access to criminal records?
    You can begin by seeing which criminal records you can get before using the WV state police’s check or other services that will search for you. For some criminal records, doing your search can provide more information, such as getting an entire case file from criminal courts, requesting complete police arrest reports, and individuals still in custody or released from a facility. There are procedures and policies imposed by police departments and courts to provide even public records. Although relatively low, individual departments can also charge a fee to provide public records. Is your search specific to a county? Few counties? Or the entire state of West Virginia? Individual local departments hold many records. Therefore an address search is a good starting point. However, that should not limit the search as people get arrested in various areas that would not appear in address searches. Records can provide information you are initially looking for or lead to more. Remember that you are conducting your search, and there will be work going from one department/records office to another.
  • Where can I find in West Virginia, how to correct an error on my criminal record?
    The form: Petition for Expungement of Criminal Records Provided Under WV Code has the information in eight pages online. You can either look it up by searching the form's name or by the West Virginia Judiciary's site and search for "Expungement of Criminal Record".
  • Where can I find people who earn over 65,000 per year in West Virginia?
    Begin with the bureau of labor statistics, which covers all state's non-farm payroll data detailed for all states. You can see earnings by industry, demographics, occupation, and other parameters. There is a webpage called " Occupational Employment Statistics," an open-view chart that you can sort by salary.
  • How do I find out in West Virginia, charges, warrants, and arrest reports on my son?
    Check the department's arrest log, can't say without knowing the county. The WV regional jail and authority publishes arrests, some pretrial and others post conviction. You will not see charges, but you will be able to get the case number and location of the facility. The information includes whether the person in custody is a pretrial felon or misdemeanor.
  • How do I find out if I have a warrant in West Virginia?
    Depends on the county or court which issued it. Kanawha County Sheriff's webpage has an open online warrant search anyone can look up. Nicholas county sheriffs in Summersville WV also has an open warrants search.
  • How can I find out what time my court date is, in West Virginia?
    Check the court dockets online. You can look up from the state's Supreme to county district courts.
  • How do I find out in West Virginia if someone got arrested?
    You can find arrests and police activity in various department logs and through periodicals such as news reports published regularly. Depending on the county or city, you can also view persons in custody. The West Virginia regional jail and correctional facility authority have a web page that provides public searches for inmates and daily incarcerations. These searches also include mug shots of people held in custody.
  • Where in West Virginia can I find court proceedings?
    For federal cases, you can check filings by using the search underneath [West Virginia Free Court Records Search]. You'll need to check with that particular county or court of jurisdiction for lower circuit courts. The searches may not even be online, and you may be required to go to the physical location's records department.
  • How do I obtain an arrest record of someone that was released already in West Virginia?
    You can either check court records in the county (if you know the county) or run a background check and look up the state at once. Depending on how thorough you want to be, you can even go to the courthouse in person and look at the entire case file. Criminal case filings are public records open for inspection by anyone other than a few exceptions, such as if the courts sealed them.
West Virginia Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

West Virginia Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    5,674
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    78
  • Rape:
    754
  • Robbery:
    378
  • Aggravated Assault:
    4,464
  • Total Property Crime:
    28,376
  • Burglary:
    5,891
  • Larceny Theft:
    20,066
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    2,419
West Virginia Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    1,852,994
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    1,808,344
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    3%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    44,650
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    1,808,344
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    105,976
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    386,449
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    21%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    16%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    287,557
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    1,739,988
  • State's black resident population
    63,124
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    3,787
  • State's Asian resident population
    12,406
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    428
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    27,142
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    22,268
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    1,726,256
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    94%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    93%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in West Virginia
  • Births
    21,994
  • Deaths
    21,086
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    164
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    87%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of West Virginia Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    1%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    2%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    82%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    17%
  • Total number of Veterans
    171,080
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in West Virginia
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    25 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    893,771
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    49,148
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    6%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    74%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $91,400
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    12%
  • Total number of households
    746,419
  • Average size of households
    2
  • West Virginia Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $20,891
  • Statewide income of median households in West Virginia
    $37,423
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    18%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $53,181
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $29,385
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    797,943
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    63,374
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    921,898
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    35,278
  • People employed by the government
    152,533
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    36,277,776
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    39,351
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    39,641
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