Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in West Virginia

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August 9, 2021
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Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in West Virginia

In certain corners of the U.S., the only way you’ll ever be considered a local is if you were born there. Elsewhere, particularly in major metropolitan centers, the constant influx of new businesses, college students, and families can transform neighborhoods every few years and certainly decade over decade.

Americans change their addresses at higher rates than most other countries, but that “move, move, move” mentality may be shifting. In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that only 11.2% of respondents had moved within the last year. Additionally, 72% of Americans reported living in or close to the city they grew up in. To learn more about where people are staying put, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most born-and-bred residents in West Virginia using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percentage of residents that were born in the state as of 2019.

Keep reading to discover which counties in your state have the most born-and-bred residents.

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#30. Wayne County

- Population: 40,303
- Born in West Virginia: 30,484 (75.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 9,294 (23.1% of population)
--- Midwest (7.0%), Northeast (1.5%), South (13.3%), West (1.0%)
- Born in another country: 397 (1.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#29. Randolph County

- Population: 28,930
- Born in West Virginia: 21,901 (75.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,651 (23.0% of population)
--- Midwest (5.7%), Northeast (5.6%), South (10.1%), West (1.5%)
- Born in another country: 163 (0.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#28. Cabell County

- Population: 94,339
- Born in West Virginia: 71,650 (75.9% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 20,828 (22.1% of population)
--- Midwest (7.5%), Northeast (3.3%), South (9.9%), West (1.3%)
- Born in another country: 1,502 (1.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (1.1%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#27. Calhoun County

- Population: 7,295
- Born in West Virginia: 5,568 (76.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,668 (22.9% of population)
--- Midwest (11.9%), Northeast (6.2%), South (4.2%), West (0.6%)
- Born in another country: 59 (0.8% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.6%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#26. Barbour County

- Population: 16,633
- Born in West Virginia: 12,702 (76.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,749 (22.5% of population)
--- Midwest (7.3%), Northeast (4.9%), South (9.0%), West (1.3%)
- Born in another country: 118 (0.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#25. Mercer County

- Population: 59,919
- Born in West Virginia: 46,076 (76.9% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 13,070 (21.8% of population)
--- Midwest (4.5%), Northeast (2.3%), South (13.9%), West (1.1%)
- Born in another country: 576 (1.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#24. Upshur County

- Population: 24,502
- Born in West Virginia: 18,939 (77.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 5,375 (21.9% of population)
--- Midwest (5.4%), Northeast (5.8%), South (9.1%), West (1.6%)
- Born in another country: 137 (0.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#23. Braxton County

- Population: 14,190
- Born in West Virginia: 11,000 (77.5% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,047 (21.5% of population)
--- Midwest (9.5%), Northeast (4.3%), South (6.6%), West (1.0%)
- Born in another country: 15 (0.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#22. Wirt County

- Population: 5,798
- Born in West Virginia: 4,500 (77.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,272 (21.9% of population)
--- Midwest (11.6%), Northeast (4.2%), South (5.4%), West (0.7%)
- Born in another country: 11 (0.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#21. Raleigh County

- Population: 75,252
- Born in West Virginia: 58,506 (77.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 15,299 (20.3% of population)
--- Midwest (4.8%), Northeast (2.8%), South (10.9%), West (1.8%)
- Born in another country: 1,129 (1.5% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (1.0%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#20. Taylor County

- Population: 16,864
- Born in West Virginia: 13,125 (77.8% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,558 (21.1% of population)
--- Midwest (5.6%), Northeast (5.0%), South (7.8%), West (2.7%)
- Born in another country: 175 (1.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.5%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#19. Ritchie County

- Population: 9,844
- Born in West Virginia: 7,674 (78.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,013 (20.4% of population)
--- Midwest (8.2%), Northeast (4.6%), South (7.2%), West (0.5%)
- Born in another country: 106 (1.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.5%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#18. Marion County

- Population: 56,355
- Born in West Virginia: 44,139 (78.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 11,261 (20.0% of population)
--- Midwest (4.4%), Northeast (5.4%), South (8.3%), West (1.7%)
- Born in another country: 668 (1.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#17. Lewis County

- Population: 16,166
- Born in West Virginia: 12,837 (79.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,098 (19.2% of population)
--- Midwest (6.3%), Northeast (3.8%), South (7.7%), West (1.4%)
- Born in another country: 159 (1.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (0.6%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#16. Putnam County

- Population: 56,610
- Born in West Virginia: 45,004 (79.5% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 10,638 (18.8% of population)
--- Midwest (6.0%), Northeast (2.6%), South (8.7%), West (1.5%)
- Born in another country: 704 (1.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.7%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#15. Tyler County

- Population: 8,811
- Born in West Virginia: 7,012 (79.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,685 (19.1% of population)
--- Midwest (10.7%), Northeast (3.2%), South (3.8%), West (1.4%)
- Born in another country: 78 (0.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.7%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#14. Harrison County

- Population: 67,908
- Born in West Virginia: 54,052 (79.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 13,019 (19.2% of population)
--- Midwest (4.6%), Northeast (4.7%), South (8.2%), West (1.5%)
- Born in another country: 608 (0.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#13. Roane County

- Population: 14,020
- Born in West Virginia: 11,262 (80.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,649 (18.9% of population)
--- Midwest (7.5%), Northeast (4.4%), South (5.2%), West (1.7%)
- Born in another country: 55 (0.4% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#12. Kanawha County

- Population: 183,279
- Born in West Virginia: 147,315 (80.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 31,959 (17.4% of population)
--- Midwest (5.2%), Northeast (3.6%), South (7.0%), West (1.6%)
- Born in another country: 3,477 (1.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (1.2%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#11. Webster County

- Population: 8,386
- Born in West Virginia: 6,806 (81.2% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,578 (18.8% of population)
--- Midwest (7.3%), Northeast (4.4%), South (6.0%), West (1.0%)
- Born in another country: 2 (0.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#10. Marshall County

- Population: 31,308
- Born in West Virginia: 25,462 (81.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 5,440 (17.4% of population)
--- Midwest (6.6%), Northeast (3.6%), South (5.3%), West (1.8%)
- Born in another country: 284 (0.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.3%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#9. Fayette County

- Population: 43,576
- Born in West Virginia: 35,493 (81.5% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 7,538 (17.3% of population)
--- Midwest (5.9%), Northeast (2.2%), South (7.9%), West (1.3%)
- Born in another country: 317 (0.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.3%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#8. Jackson County

- Population: 28,907
- Born in West Virginia: 23,598 (81.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,938 (17.1% of population)
--- Midwest (7.3%), Northeast (3.0%), South (5.7%), West (1.1%)
- Born in another country: 253 (0.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#7. Nicholas County

- Population: 25,078
- Born in West Virginia: 20,643 (82.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,017 (16.0% of population)
--- Midwest (5.6%), Northeast (3.2%), South (5.7%), West (1.4%)
- Born in another country: 269 (1.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (0.2%), Europe (0.6%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#6. Wetzel County

- Population: 15,436
- Born in West Virginia: 12,814 (83.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,538 (16.4% of population)
--- Midwest (6.3%), Northeast (3.3%), South (5.4%), West (1.5%)
- Born in another country: 51 (0.3% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#5. Clay County

- Population: 8,709
- Born in West Virginia: 7,243 (83.2% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,466 (16.8% of population)
--- Midwest (4.4%), Northeast (3.6%), South (8.1%), West (0.6%)
- Born in another country: (0.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#4. Lincoln County

- Population: 20,850
- Born in West Virginia: 17,732 (85.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,064 (14.7% of population)
--- Midwest (8.1%), Northeast (0.6%), South (5.5%), West (0.5%)
- Born in another country: 54 (0.3% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#3. Boone County

- Population: 22,368
- Born in West Virginia: 19,322 (86.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,980 (13.3% of population)
--- Midwest (4.3%), Northeast (1.1%), South (7.4%), West (0.6%)
- Born in another country: 58 (0.3% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#2. Logan County

- Population: 33,154
- Born in West Virginia: 28,873 (87.1% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,118 (12.4% of population)
--- Midwest (5.6%), Northeast (0.6%), South (5.5%), West (0.7%)
- Born in another country: 62 (0.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#1. Wyoming County

- Population: 21,281
- Born in West Virginia: 19,184 (90.1% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,000 (9.4% of population)
--- Midwest (2.7%), Northeast (0.7%), South (5.4%), West (0.6%)
- Born in another country: 93 (0.4% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)

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