Bedford County, PA

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Population

48,891

0.0798% growth

Median Age

45.9


Median Household Income

$48,703

4.19% growth

Poverty Rate

13.6%


Number of Employees

22,161

0.413% decline

Median Property Value

$126,800

1.44% growth

About

In 2017, Bedford County, PA had a population of 48.9k people with a median age of 45.9 and a median household income of $48,703. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bedford County, PA grew from 48,852 to 48,891, a 0.0798% increase and its median household income grew from $46,746 to $48,703, a 4.19% increase.

The population of Bedford County, PA is 96.9% White Alone, 1.14% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.12% Two or More Races. 3.08% of the people in Bedford County, PA speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Bedford County, PA is $126,800, and the homeownership rate is 79.5%. Most people in Bedford County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26 minutes. The average car ownership in Bedford County, PA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Bedford County, PA employs 22.2k people. The largest industries in Bedford County, PA are Manufacturing (3,240 people), Retail Trade (2,973 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,842 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($50,750), Educational Services ($44,688), and Construction ($40,637).

Median household income in Bedford County, PA is $48,703. Males in Bedford County, PA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Bedford County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,703

2017 value

± $1,665

4.19%

1 Year Growth

± 4.31%

Households in Bedford County, PA have a median annual income of $48,703, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,746 in 2016, which represents a 4.19% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039

Average Male Salary

± $1,040

$49,502

Average Female Salary

± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Bedford County, PA made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $61,450 ± $4,076

  2. White

    $51,412 ± $642

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Bedford County, PA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bedford County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania 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 9608

  2. Census Tract 9604

  3. Census Tract 9601

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bedford County, PA was Census Tract 9608 with a value of $53,686, followed by Census Tract 9604 and Census Tract 9601, with respective values of $53,521 and $48,633.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bedford County, PA (6.59k out of 48.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 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

    6,325 ± 408

  2. Two Or More

    146 ± 104

  3. Hispanic

    106 ± 88

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

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

22.2k

2017 Value

± 678

-0.413%

1 Year decline

± 4.28%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bedford County, PA declined at a rate of -0.413%, from 22.3k employees to 22.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bedford County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,725 people), Production Occupations (2,257 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,971 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bedford County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bedford County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,725 people), Production Occupations (2,257 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,971 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bedford County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.1 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.79 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.78 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bedford County, PA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($55,000), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($53,273), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations ($46,833).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22.2k

2017 Value

± 678

-0.413%

1 Year decline

± 4.28%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bedford County, PA declined at a rate of -0.413%, from 22.3k employees to 22.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bedford County, PA, are Manufacturing (3,240 people), Retail Trade (2,973 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,842 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bedford County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Bedford County, PA 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 Bedford County, PA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,240 people), Retail Trade (2,973 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,842 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bedford County, PA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.93 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.68 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.62 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bedford County, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($50,750), Educational Services ($44,688), and Construction ($40,637).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $83B

  2. $50.6B

  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. with $50.6B and Pharmaceuticals and $49.7B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B

2015 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $61B

  2. $57.7B

  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

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

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Health

92.2% of the population of Bedford County, PA has health coverage, with 44.1% on employee plans, 14.2% on Medicaid, 16.5% on Medicare, 15.8% on non-group plans, and 1.69% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Bedford County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Bedford County, PA see 3737 patients per year on average, which represents a 22.2% increase from the previous year (3059 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2014 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 833 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3737 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Bedford County, PA see an average of 3737 patients per year. This represents a 22.2% increase from the previous year (3059 patients).

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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%).

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

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

7.78%

Uninsured

44.1%

Employer Coverage

14.2%

Medicaid

16.5%

Medicare

15.8%

Non-Group

1.69%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bedford County, PA declined by 16.6% from 9.33% to 7.78%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

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

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Diversity

Bedford County, PA is home to a population of 48.9k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.552% of Bedford County, PA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Bedford County, PA is composed of 47.4k White Alone residents (96.9%), 557 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.14%), 548 Two or More Races residents (1.12%), 203 Black or African American Alone residents (0.415%), 118 Asian Alone residents (0.241%), 59 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.121%), 34 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0695%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Bedford County, PA are Other West Germanic Languages (567 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (386 speakers), and German (173 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

53

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 9.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bedford County, PA was 45.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 53. But people in Bedford County, PA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Bedford County, PA residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.552%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.54%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.552% of Bedford County, PA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bedford County, PA was 0.54%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. India

    81,562 ± 6,989 people

  2. China

    63,036 ± 6,149 people

  3. Mexico

    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Bedford County, PA was India, the natal country of 81,562 Bedford County, PA residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

99.7%

2017 Citizenship

99.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.7% of Bedford County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bedford County, PA was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    47.4k ± 46

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    557 ± 99.6

  3. Two or More Races

    548 ± 76.9

In 2017, there were 85 times more White Alone residents (47.4k people) in Bedford County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 557 Hispanic or Latino and 548 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Other West Germanic Languages

    567 speakers (1.22%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    386 speakers (0.828%)

  3. German

    173 speakers (0.371%)

3.08% of Bedford County, PA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Bedford County, PA was Other West Germanic Languages. 1.22% of the overall population of Bedford County, PA are native Other West Germanic Languages speakers. 0.828% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.371% speak Other West Germanic Languages, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,421 ± 132

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    425 ± 99

  3. Korea

    359 ± 83

Bedford County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.34 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bedford County, PA was $126,800 in 2017, which is 0.583 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $125,000 to $126,800, a 1.44% increase. The homeownership rate in Bedford County, PA is 79.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bedford County, PA have an average commute time of 26 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bedford County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$48,703

Median Household Income

± $1,665

19.7k

Number of Households

± 632

In 2017, the median household income of the 19.7k households in Bedford County, PA grew to $48,703 from the previous year's value of $46,746.

The following chart displays the households in Bedford County, PA 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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Housing

Property Value

$126,800

2017 Median

± $4,604

$125,000

2016 Median

± $3,673

In 2017, the median property value in Bedford County, PA grew to to $126,800 from the previous year's value of $125,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bedford County, PA 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 Bedford County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Bedford County, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bedford County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

79.5%

2017 Homeownership

79.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 79.5% of the housing units in Bedford County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 79.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Bedford County, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Bedford County, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bedford County, PA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

26 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bedford County, PA have a longer commute time (26 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.2% of the workforce in Bedford County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.8%

  2. Carpooled

    10%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.62%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Bedford County, PA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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