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McDowell, Kentucky - Basic Facts

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The McDowell Census Designated Place had a population of 687 as of July 1, 2017. McDowell ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Kentucky. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for McDowell is located at latitude 37.4602 and longitude -82.728 in Floyd County. The formal boundaries for the McDowell Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.48 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Floyd County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 709 feet.

The McDowell Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2629652) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of ""

Kentucky is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The McDowell Census Designated Place is located within McDowell Division of Floyd County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with McDowell population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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McDowell, KY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 687
Daytime Population: Workers 142
Daytime Population: Residents 501
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 643
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.94
Population in Households 687
Population in Familes 569
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 277
Diversity Index3 4


Median Household Income $21,770
Average Household Income $42,902
Per Capita Income $17,580


Total Housing Units 319 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 183 (57.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 96 (30.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 40 (12.5%)
Median Home Value $80,114
Average Home Value $126,230


Total Households 279
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 189
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.94% 0.12%
Households 0.92% 0.14%
Families 1.07% 0.11%
Median Household Income   1.39%
Per Capita Income   2.32%

McDowell, KY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares McDowell to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kentucky by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 303 44th
Population Density # 467 14th
Diversity Index # 510 5th
Median Household Income # 527 3rd
Per Capita Income # 460 15th

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