Amherst County, VA

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2020 Population
31,782
0.022% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
44.9
0.223% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
10.9%
21.6% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$57,368
8.47% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$159,900
2.76% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
15,100
4.25% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Amherst County, VA had a population of 31.8k people with a median age of 44.9 and a median household income of $57,368. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Amherst County, VA grew from 31,775 to 31,782, a 0.022% increase and its median household income grew from $52,888 to $57,368, a 8.47% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Amherst County, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (74.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (18.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.77%), White (Hispanic) (1.81%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.765%).

None of the households in Amherst County, VA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.3% of the residents in Amherst County, VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Amherst County, VA are Sweet Briar College (114 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Amherst County, VA was $159,900, and the homeownership rate was 77.4%. Most people in Amherst County, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 29 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 99.3% are citizens. As of 2020, 1.83% of Amherst County, VA residents were born outside of the country (583 people).

In 2020, there were 4.13 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.8k people) in Amherst County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.75k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 881 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)
    23.8k ± 51
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.75k ± 249
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    881 ± 241
2.48%
Hispanic Population
787 people

In 2020, there were 4.13 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.8k people) in Amherst County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.75k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 881 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.48% of the people in Amherst County, VA are hispanic (787 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

1.83%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
583 people
1.79%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
570 people

As of 2020, 1.83% of Amherst County, VA residents (583 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Amherst County, VA was 1.79%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    109,267 ± 8,063 people
  2. India
    94,596 ± 7,509 people
  3. Mexico
    56,409 ± 5,812 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 109,267 Virginia residents, followed by India with 94,596 and Mexico with 56,409.

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Citizenship

99.3%
2020 Citizenship
99.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.3% of Amherst County, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Amherst County, VA was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    871 ± 181
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    396 ± 152
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    365 ± 150

Amherst County, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.2 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 $57,368. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Amherst County, VA was Census Tract 103 with a value of $72,045, followed by Census Tract 104.02 and Census Tract 105.04, with respective values of $62,991 and $51,780.

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $60,365. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Amherst County, VA employs 15.1k people. The largest industries in Amherst County, VA are Manufacturing (2,253 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,246 people), and Educational Services (2,029 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($65,231), Utilities ($64,028), and Manufacturing ($52,436).

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,368
2020 value
± $4,546
8.47%
1 Year Growth
± 8.64%

Households in Amherst County, VA have a median annual income of $57,368, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,888 in 2019, which represents a 8.47% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$80,381
Average Male Salary in Virginia
± $1,440
$60,365
Average Female Salary in Virginia
± $1,133

In 2020, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $76,850 ± $3,561
  2. White
    $66,712 ± $1,098
  3. Two or More Races
    $54,027 ± $3,581

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 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.
0.478
2020 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.479
2019 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2020, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.181% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more 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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 103
  2. Census Tract 104.02
  3. Census Tract 105.04

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Amherst County, VA was Census Tract 103 with a value of $72,045, followed by Census Tract 104.02 and Census Tract 105.04, with respective values of $62,991 and $51,780.

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 Sex

Females 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Amherst County, VA (3.39k out of 31k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 45 - 54.

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
    2,216 ± 330
  2. Black
    814 ± 228
  3. Two Or More
    270 ± 157

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

15.1k
2020 Value
± 904
4.25%
1 Year growth
± 7.92%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Amherst County, VA grew at a rate of 4.25%, from 14.5k employees to 15.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Amherst County, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,795 people), Production Occupations (1,363 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,346 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 (1,795 people), Production Occupations (1,363 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,346 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Amherst County, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.64 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.62 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.35 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Amherst County, VA, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($103,056), Legal Occupations ($82,232), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($71,012).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.1k
2020 Value
± 904
4.25%
1 Year growth
± 7.92%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Amherst County, VA grew at a rate of 4.25%, from 14.5k employees to 15.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Amherst County, VA, are Manufacturing (2,253 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,246 people), and Educational Services (2,029 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 (2,253 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,246 people), and Educational Services (2,029 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Amherst County, VA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.49 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.44 times), and Construction (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Amherst County, VA, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($65,231), Utilities ($64,028), and Manufacturing ($52,436).

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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. $37.3B
  2. $28.7B
  3. $25.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $37.3B, followed by Electronics ($28.7B) and Machinery ($25.6B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$325B
2020 Value in Virginia
$612B
Projected 2050 Value in Virginia
88.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Virginia trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 88.1% to $612B by 2050.

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. $25B
  2. $18.9B
  3. $13.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $25B, followed by Maryland with $18.9B and Pennsylvania and $13.2B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Amherst County, VA went to Donald J. Trump with 64.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (33.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.48%). The most partisan county was Petersburg County, VA with 87.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Amherst County, VA
64.9% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Virginia
  1. 87.7% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 87.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 85.5% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Virginia was Petersburg County, VA with 87.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. 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 2020, universities in Amherst County, VA awarded 114 degrees. The student population of Amherst County, VA is skewed towards women, with 0 male students and 362 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Amherst County, VA are White (82 and 71.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (12 and 10.5%), Black or African American (8 and 7.02%), and Asian (6 and 5.26%).

The largest universities in Amherst County, VA by number of degrees awarded are Sweet Briar College (114 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Amherst County, VA are General Business (14 and 12.3%), General Biological Sciences (11 and 9.65%), and Engineering Science (10 and 8.77%).

The median tuition cost in Amherst County, VA for private four year colleges is $21,900.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 11 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 10 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 14 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Amherst County, VA was General Biological Sciences with 11 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
114 degrees awarded
$21,900
Median Private

In 2020, the Amherst County, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Sweet Briar College with 114 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

0
Degrees Awarded to Men
114
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Amherst County, VA, which is 0 times less than the 114 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex 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
    82 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    12 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    8 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Amherst County, VA was White students. These 82 degrees mean that there were 6.83 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 12 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Amherst County, VA was $159,900 in 2020, which is 0.696 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $155,600 to $159,900, a 2.76% increase. The homeownership rate in Amherst County, VA is 77.4%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Amherst County, VA have an average commute time of 29 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

$159,900
2020 Median
± $4,498
$155,600
2019 Median
± $4,445

In 2020, the median property value in Amherst County, VA grew to to $159,900 from the previous year's value of $155,600.

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.
$57,368
Median Household Income
± $4,546
12.2k
Number of Households
± 752

In 2020, the median household income of the 12.2k households in Amherst County, VA grew to $57,368 from the previous year's value of $52,888.

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

77.4%
2020 Homeownership
77.1%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 77.4% of the housing units in Amherst County, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 77.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Amherst County, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

29 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Amherst County, VA have a longer commute time (29 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 4.05% 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 2020
  1. Drove Alone (80.5%)
  2. Carpooled (11.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.65%)

In 2020, 80.5% of workers in Amherst County, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.7%) and those who worked at home (3.65%).

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

91.3% of the population of Amherst County, VA has health coverage, with 51.8% on employee plans, 10.5% on Medicaid, 15.6% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.7% 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

8.7%
Uninsured
51.8%
Employer Coverage
10.5%
Medicaid
15.6%
Medicare
11.7%
Non-Group
1.7%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Amherst County, VA declined by 6.86% from 9.34% to 8.7%.

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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