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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.

West Virginia Free Public Records Directory

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West Virginia Free Court Records Search

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West Virginia Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Riley Crossman
    Riley Crossman, Age Now: 15, Missing: 05/08/2019. Missing From Berkeley Springs, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Morgan County Sheriff's Office (west Virginia) 1-304-258-1067.
    May 10, 2019
  • Missing: Ethan Chambers
    Ethan Chambers, Age Now: 16, Missing: 03/25/2019. Missing From Parsons, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Parsons Police Department (west Virginia) 1-304-478-3060.
    April 10, 2019
  • Missing: Sydney Tyner
    Sydney Tyner, Age Now: 17, Missing: 03/27/2018. Missing From Farmington, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Fairmont Police Department (west Virginia) 1-304-366-4200.
    March 11, 2019
  • Missing: Khalil Cousins
    Khalil Cousins, Age Now: 16, Missing: 03/01/2019. Missing From Parkersburg, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Parkersburg Police Department (west Virginia) 1-304-485-8501.
    March 08, 2019
  • Missing: Lanea Cochran
    Lanea Cochran, Age Now: 17, Missing: 02/08/2019. Missing From Point Pleasant, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Point Pleasant Police Department (west Virginia) 1-304-675-1104.
    February 13, 2019
  • Missing: Amandalee Barnett
    Amandalee Barnett, Age Now: 16, Missing: 05/12/2018. Missing From Huntington, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Huntington Police Department (west Virginia) 1-304-696-4470.
    November 13, 2018

West Virginia Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

West Virginia Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Updated: Missing Person • David Thompson • Morgantown, West Virginia • 23 Years Old
    May 23, 2017
  • Missing Person • Kara Jeffrey • Huntington, West Virginia • 21 Years Old
    May 22, 2017

West Virginia Latest Crime Records (Updated 05/23/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    5,588
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    74
  • Rape:
    505
  • Robbery:
    651
  • Aggravated Assault:
    4,358
  • Total Property Crime:
    37,648
  • Burglary:
    8,973
  • Larceny Theft:
    26,779
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,896

West Virginia American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 05/23/2019)

  • West Virginia's demographic and housing ACS survey of 1,853,881 being 0.59 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.3% males and 50.7% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The West Virginia social characteristics data of 742,359 households, which make up 0.64 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 481,812 families with and without children. There are 416,089 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The West Virginia American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 1,513,749 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.61 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 820,262 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • West Virginia housing characteristics are collected from 883,197 dwellings making up 0.67 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 742,359 or uninhabited 140,838 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 742,359 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

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
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    90,727
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    2,553,258
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of West Virginia
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    120,395
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    28%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    25,080,573
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    11,036,467
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    20,538,829
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    11,340
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and West Virginia territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    2,235
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    310,031
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    3,697,606
  • Size in square miles of land
    24,078
  • Population per square mile
    77
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