Amherst County, VA

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2019 Population
31,775
0.336% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
44.8
1.13% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
14%
0.0887% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$52,888
7.56% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$155,600
1.5% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
14,485
0.193% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Amherst County, VA had a population of 31.8k people with a median age of 44.8 and a median household income of $52,888. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Amherst County, VA declined from 31,882 to 31,775, a −0.336% decrease and its median household income grew from $49,170 to $52,888, a 7.56% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Amherst County, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (74.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (17.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.13%), White (Hispanic) (2.04%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.667%). 0% of the households in Amherst County, VA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

99.2% of the residents in Amherst County, VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Amherst County, VA are Sweet Briar College (30 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in Amherst County, VA was $155,600, and the homeownership rate was 77.1%. Most people in Amherst County, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Amherst County, VA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Amherst County, VA is home to a population of 31.8k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2019, 3.41% of Amherst County, VA residents were born outside of the country (1.08k people).

In 2019, there were 4.17 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.7k people) in Amherst County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.69k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 993 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Amherst County, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    23.7k ± 76
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.69k ± 214
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    993 ± 226
2.41%
Hispanic Population
766 people

In 2019, there were 4.17 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.7k people) in Amherst County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.69k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 993 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.41% of the people in Amherst County, VA are hispanic (766 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Amherst County, VA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.41%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.08k people
1.65%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
527 people

As of 2019, 3.41% of Amherst County, VA residents (1.08k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Amherst County, VA was 1.65%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

45
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 4.8

In 2019, the median age of all people in Amherst County, VA was 44.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Amherst County, VA are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Amherst County, VA residents was 44.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    110,628 ± 8,112 people
  2. India
    90,134 ± 7,331 people
  3. Mexico
    55,497 ± 5,765 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 110,628 Virginia residents, followed by India with 90,134 and Mexico with 55,497.

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Citizenship

99.2%
2019 Citizenship
99.3%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.2% of Amherst County, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Amherst County, VA was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    940 ± 160
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    368 ± 128
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    341 ± 124

Amherst County, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.55 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Virginia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Virginia (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Virginia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Amherst County, VA is $52,888. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Amherst County, VA was Census Tract 103 with a value of $73,672, followed by Census Tract 104.02 and Census Tract 102, with respective values of $62,688 and $59,081.

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,617. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Amherst County, VA employs 14.5k people. The largest industries in Amherst County, VA are Manufacturing (2,316 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,937 people), and Educational Services (1,590 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($66,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,276), and Manufacturing ($52,742).

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,888
2019 value
± $2,644
7.56%
1 Year Growth
± 7.85%

Households in Amherst County, VA have a median annual income of $52,888, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $49,170 in 2018, which represents a 7.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,421
Average Male Salary in Virginia
± $1,407
$58,617
Average Female Salary in Virginia
± $1,090

In 2019, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Virginia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Virginia
  1. Asian
    $72,838 ± $3,429
  2. White
    $64,618 ± $1,052
  3. Two or More Races
    $51,601 ± $4,191

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Virginia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Amherst County, VA is from Virginia.
0.479
2019 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.479
2018 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2019, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.00766% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 103
  2. Census Tract 104.02
  3. Census Tract 102

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Amherst County, VA was Census Tract 103 with a value of $73,672, followed by Census Tract 104.02 and Census Tract 102, with respective values of $62,688 and $59,081.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Amherst County, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Amherst County, VA (4.33k out of 31k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    2,821 ± 380
  2. Black
    1,122 ± 263
  3. Two Or More
    297 ± 155

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Amherst County, VA is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

14.5k
2019 Value
± 824
−0.193%
1 Year decline
± 7.92%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Amherst County, VA declined at a rate of −0.193%, from 14.5k employees to 14.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Amherst County, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,862 people), Production Occupations (1,407 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,313 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Amherst County, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Amherst County, VA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,862 people), Production Occupations (1,407 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,313 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Amherst County, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.71 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.51 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Amherst County, VA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($192,672), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($80,950), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,724).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

14.5k
2019 Value
± 824
−0.193%
1 Year decline
± 7.92%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Amherst County, VA declined at a rate of −0.193%, from 14.5k employees to 14.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Amherst County, VA, are Manufacturing (2,316 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,937 people), and Educational Services (1,590 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Amherst County, VA, though some of these residents may live in Amherst County, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Amherst County, VA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (2,316 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,937 people), and Educational Services (1,590 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Amherst County, VA has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.16 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.6 times), and Utilities (1.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Amherst County, VA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($66,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,276), and Manufacturing ($52,742).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $35.1B
  2. $31.5B
  3. $30.5B

In 2018, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $35.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($31.5B) and Electronics ($30.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Virginia.
$307B
2018 Value in Virginia
$648B
Projected 2045 Value in Virginia
111% growth

In 2018, total outbound Virginia trade was $307B. This is expected to increase 111% to $648B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $21.8B
  2. $20B
  3. $11.7B

In 2018, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $21.8B, followed by North Carolina with $20B and Pennsylvania and $11.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Amherst County, VA went to Donald J. Trump with 63.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (32.8%), followed by Other (4.03%). The most partisan county was Petersburg city, VA with 87.2% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Amherst County, VA
63.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Virginia
  1. 87.2% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 82% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Virginia was Petersburg city, VA with 87.2% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Virginia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Amherst County, VA awarded 30 degrees. The student population of Amherst County, VA is skewed towards women, with 5 male students and 349 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Amherst County, VA are White (23 and 76.7%), followed by Black or African American (3 and 10%), Unknown (2 and 6.67%), and Hispanic or Latino (1 and 3.33%).

The largest universities in Amherst County, VA by number of degrees awarded are Sweet Briar College (30 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Amherst County, VA are General Business (6 and 20%), General Studies (3 and 10%), and Engineering Science (2 and 6.67%).

The median tuition cost in Amherst County, VA for private four year colleges is $21,420.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 3 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 2 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 6 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Amherst County, VA was General Studies with 3 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Amherst County, VA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
30 degrees awarded
$21,420
Median Private

In 2019, the Amherst County, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Sweet Briar College with 30 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

0
Degrees Awarded to Men
30
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Amherst County, VA, which is 0 times less than the 30 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Amherst County, VA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    23 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    3 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    2 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Amherst County, VA was White students. These 23 degrees mean that there were 7.67 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 3 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Amherst County, VA was $155,600 in 2019, which is 0.647 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $153,300 to $155,600, a 1.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Amherst County, VA is 77.1%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Amherst County, VA have an average commute time of 26.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Amherst County, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$155,600
2019 Median
± $4,445
$153,300
2018 Median
± $4,403

In 2019, the median property value in Amherst County, VA grew to to $155,600 from the previous year's value of $153,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Amherst County, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Amherst County, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$52,888
Median Household Income
± $2,644
12.2k
Number of Households
± 691

In 2019, the median household income of the 12.2k households in Amherst County, VA grew to $52,888 from the previous year's value of $49,170.

The following chart displays the households in Amherst County, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Amherst County, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Amherst County, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

77.1%
2019 Homeownership
77.6%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 77.1% of the housing units in Amherst County, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 77.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Amherst County, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

26.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Amherst County, VA have a longer commute time (26.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.01% of the workforce in Amherst County, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (81.8%)
  2. Carpooled (11.5%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.08%)

In 2019, 81.8% of workers in Amherst County, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.5%) and those who worked at home (3.08%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Amherst County, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Amherst County, VA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

90.7% of the population of Amherst County, VA has health coverage, with 50.3% on employee plans, 10.3% on Medicaid, 17.6% on Medicare, 10.7% on non-group plans, and 1.75% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Virginia was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Amherst County, VA see 3958 patients per year on average, which represents a 12.3% decrease from the previous year (4513 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4515 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 5268 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes (22.5%). Additionally, King and Queen County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,958 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Amherst County, VA

Primary care physicians in Amherst County, VA see an average of 3,958 patients per year. This represents a 12.3% decrease from the previous year (4,513 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Amherst County, VA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Virginia
$4,218
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,361
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,677
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.34%
Uninsured
50.3%
Employer Coverage
10.3%
Medicaid
17.6%
Medicare
10.7%
Non-Group
1.75%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Amherst County, VA declined by 9.69% from 10.3% to 9.34%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Amherst County, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 22.5% prevalence
  2. 22.5% prevalence
  3. 20.3% prevalence

Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 22.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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