The number of people in the state grew to 1,901,974, and just 28% of those individuals were in cities. Those that did live in urban areas lived primarily in the five places in the state that had twenty-five to 100,000 people. Another large percentage of people lived in urban areas that had 10,000 to 25,000 people, of which there were 7 in the state.
The state continued to grow and the population reached a total of 1,463,701 people. Within that number, 1,094,694 remained in rural areas throughout the state, both on and off farms, while 42,788 were considered to be in the urban population centers.
The numbers kept growing according to West Virginia census records. The total count was now up to 1,221,119, and not only did that mean the state was getting a bit more crowded almost every day, it also meant they had the chance to earn more representation in Washington. It brought the total number of seats in the House up to six for the state.
While the number of farms in the state was 92,874, just over 18% of those reported vegetable growth of any kind. Of those, most had an average of .67 acres devoted to those vegetables, with a total cash value of $616,682.
This part of the country was becoming increasingly important in the world of molasses production by this point in time. 7,718 total acres of sorghum were planted in that year, and that made for a harvest of 512,747 gallons of molasses.
The area was proving important for orchard products during this survey. $934,400 in products were sold or consumed during that year. The value of market-garden products that year was $102,808.
Not only is this one the first survey in which the territory was officially called a state, it's also the first one in which their population numbers actually earned them seats in the House of Representatives. A total number of 442,014 people were counted, leading to three individuals being seated in the House.
Not yet a state of its own, the survey this year indicated that there were designations it soon would be. Slave counts were designated either VA or W(VA) during this year, helping to distinguish the two areas.
Still considered part of Virginia, the residents of this state would not be separately enumerated for more than thirteen years after this survey took place.
The state would not be deemed officially part of the US for almost two decades, but residents were counted on a territorial basis according to West Virginia census records. 224,537 people resided in the state, but because it was not yet a state, they were not awarded any seats in the House of Representatives.
The West Virginia and Regional History Collection has West Virginia census information for the years 1870-1930, as well as the years 1790-1860. The page details the specific information that is available for those dates. Links on the left allow you to search by year to identify the reel containing the record you need.