Cowen, West Virginia

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Cowen, West Virginia

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Cowen strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in West Virginia):

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Affordability of Property Taxes
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Top 6% Cowen Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Cowen, West Virginia

Comparing Cowen to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in West Virginia (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 8 4
Female Share of the Population 7 3
Senior Citizens 6 3
Male Share of the Population 5 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Racial Diversity 2 3
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 7
Average Household Size 3 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 2 3
People in Middle Class or Better 2 2
College Educated Adults 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 5 4
Walking and Biking to Work 5 5
Public Transportation Use 4 4
Working at Home 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 10
Affordability of Rents 8 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 8
Housing Recently Built 7 9
People Living Alone 5 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 3

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Cowen Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles E of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 143 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Webster
Standard Zip Codes 26206
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.409
Longitude -80.558

Cowen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 40 F
Apr Temp 35 to 63 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 66 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 78 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.9 inches
Station PICKENS 1
Distance 25.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 57 to 78 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 66.2 inches
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Cowen Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 513 100%
Male 244 47.6%
Female 269 52.4%
Under 18 120 23.4%
18+ 393 76.6%
65+ 83 16.2%
Median Age 40.2
Average Family Size 2.8
White 511 99.6%
African-American 1 0.2%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 1 0.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2 0.4%

Estimated Cowen Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 506
Growth -7
Growth % -1.4%

Cowen Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 58.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9%
Scotch-Irish 8.1%
German 7.5%
Irish 4.8%
English 3.9%
Italian 1.8%
Norwegian 1.2%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
British 0.9%
Dutch 0.9%
Portuguese 0.6%
Czech 0.6%
Polish 0.6%
Scottish 0.6%
European 0.3%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cowen, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Boggs (26206)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Cowen 513 $30,147
Flatwoods 348 $35,250
Gassaway 901 $31,667
Richwood 2,477 $28,287
Summersville 3,294 $43,314
Sutton 1,011 $37,679

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Cowen Public Library
Cowen, West Virginia
(304) 226-5332

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