Regional Demographics

 

Like many regions, including nearby Pittsburgh, the Weirton-Steubenville metropolitan area has experienced a decline in overall population over the decade.

According to the US Census Bureau’s annual population estimates, the tri-county population dropped from 124,454 in 2016 to 119,271 in 2016. The tables below show counts for Brooke (WV), Hancock (WV) and Jefferson (OH) counties, and each of the region’s cities and towns.

Steubenville, Ohio, had the smallest loss in population during this time period, with only a 3.1% drop. In West Virginia, the college town of Bethany lost the least amount of residents, resulting in just a 3.3% decline.

On the loss side, Beech Bottom topped the West Virginia list, losing 6.1% of its 2010 population of 523. Irondale, Ohio, lost the most residents in the region, a 7.2% drop from its 2010 total of just 387. But these basic population headcounts don’t’ tell the whole story.

Our region, like others with older residents, continues to experience more deaths than births. But embedded within population trends is a second story – migration. And between 2011-2015, more people moved into our region than moved out.

In fact, the Weirton-Steubenville area had a net in-migration of 1,408 people, who moved into the area from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Youngstown, OH, and Washington, D.C.

This bit of information tells us some good news – that as unemployment has dropped and new companies have come in, people are choosing to live in the Weirton-Steubenville area, ensuring that we have a vibrant community life and active workforce.

 

COUNTIES 2010 2016 # Change % Change
Brooke Co, WV 24,069 22,977 -1,092 -4.5
Hancock Co, WV 30,676 29,590 -1,086 -3.5
Jefferson Co, OH 69,709 66,704 -3,005 -4.3
CENTRAL CITIES 2010 2016 # Change % Change
Steubenville, OH 18,659 18,072 -587 -3.1
Weirton, WV 19,746 18,989 -757 -3.8
BROOKE CO, WV 2010 2016 # Change % Change
Beech Bottom 523  491 -32 -6.1
Bethany 1,036 1,002 -34 -3.3
Follansbee 2,986 2,838 -148 -5.0
Wellsburg 2,805 2,657 -148 -5.3
Windsor Heights 423 394 -29 -6.9
HANCOCK CO, WV 2010 2016 # Change % Change
Chester 2,585 2,474 -111 -4.3
New Cumberland 1,103 1,051 -52 -4.7
JEFFERSON CO, OH 2010 2016 # Change % Change
Adena 759 725 -34 -4.5
Amsterdam 511 483 -28 -5.5
Bergholz 664 632 -32  4.8
Bloomingdale 202 196 -6 -3.0
Dillonvale 665 634 -31 -4.7
Empire 299 277 -22 -7.4
Irondale 387 359 -28 -7.2
Mingo Junction 3,454 3,302 -152 -4.4
Mount Pleasant 478 451 -27 -5.6
New Alexandria 272 263 -9 -3.3
Rayland 417 396 -21 -5.0
Richmond 481 455 -26 -5.4
Smithfield 869 830 -39 -4.5
Stratton 294 274 -20 -6.8
Tiltonsville 1,372 1,312 -60 -4.4
Toronto 5,091 4,851 -240 -4.7
Wintersville 3,924 3,774 -150 -3.8
Yorkville 1,079 1,038 -41 -3.8

Source:U.S. Census Bureau