Population Growth
The 2010 Census showed that even though the number of housing units increased in the Town, the population increased. This along with the average age being 44.8 compared to a statewide average of 37, and the average household size of 2.3 compared to a statewide average of 2.5, shows that most of the new housing construction is by middle age couples who have no children. Many of these “empty nesters” are recent retirees, who have returned to the community after living away from Bluefield. In approximately 785 out of 1,423 households, 66.0% of family households in the Town have two people living in them.