Berkeley County, WV

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Population

111,610

1.3% growth

Median Age

38.8


Median Household Income

$59,480

4.08% growth

Poverty Rate

13%


Number of Employees

52,254

2.85% growth

Median Property Value

$168,200

2.69% growth

About

In 2017, Berkeley County, WV had a population of 112k people with a median age of 38.8 and a median household income of $59,480. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Berkeley County, WV grew from 110,173 to 111,610, a 1.3% increase and its median household income grew from $57,148 to $59,480, a 4.08% increase.

The population of Berkeley County, WV is 84.6% White Alone, 7.17% Black or African American Alone, and 4.02% Hispanic or Latino. 5.2% of the people in Berkeley County, WV speak a non-English language, and 98.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Berkeley County, WV are Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (980 degrees awarded in 2016), Martinsburg College (765 degrees), and James Rumsey Technical Institute (125 degrees).

The median property value in Berkeley County, WV is $168,200, and the homeownership rate is 73.8%. Most people in Berkeley County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30 minutes. The average car ownership in Berkeley County, WV is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Berkeley County, WV employs 52.3k people. The largest industries in Berkeley County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,126 people), Retail Trade (6,309 people), and Public Administration (5,069 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($59,751), Utilities ($59,313), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($56,096).

Median household income in Berkeley County, WV is $59,480. Males in Berkeley County, WV have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,552. The income inequality in Berkeley County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$59,480

2017 value

± $2,334

4.08%

1 Year Growth

± 4.7%

Households in Berkeley County, WV have a median annual income of $59,480, 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 $57,148 in 2016, which represents a 4.08% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$55,526

Average Male Salary

± $2,063

$39,552

Average Female Salary

± $1,541

In 2017, full-time male employees in Berkeley County, WV made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Berkeley County, WV 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

  1. Asian

    $63,277 ± $23,510

  2. American Indian

    $44,513 ± $30,224

  3. White

    $42,144 ± $1,238

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Berkeley County, WV workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.42 times more than American Indian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Berkeley County, WV is from West Virginia.

0.444

2017 Wage GINI

0.444

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.444 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.108% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in West 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 9712.01

  2. Census Tract 9711.02

  3. Census Tract 9721.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Berkeley County, WV was Census Tract 9712.01 with a value of $72,188, followed by Census Tract 9711.02 and Census Tract 9721.01, with respective values of $66,090 and $63,221.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Berkeley County, WV (14.4k out of 111k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 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

    11,094 ± 930

  2. Black

    1,978 ± 334

  3. Hispanic

    652 ± 244

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Berkeley County, WV is White, followed by Black 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

52.3k

2017 Value

± 1,778

2.85%

1 Year growth

± 4.68%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Berkeley County, WV grew at a rate of 2.85%, from 50.8k employees to 52.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Berkeley County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,527 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,174 people), and Management Occupations (4,813 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Berkeley County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Berkeley County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,527 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,174 people), and Management Occupations (4,813 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Berkeley County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.98 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.66 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.49 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Berkeley County, WV, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($86,875), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,294), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($69,948).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

52.3k

2017 Value

± 1,778

2.85%

1 Year growth

± 4.68%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Berkeley County, WV grew at a rate of 2.85%, from 50.8k employees to 52.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Berkeley County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,126 people), Retail Trade (6,309 people), and Public Administration (5,069 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Berkeley County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Berkeley County, WV 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 Berkeley County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,126 people), Retail Trade (6,309 people), and Public Administration (5,069 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Berkeley County, WV has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.08 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.35 times), and Information (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Berkeley County, WV, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($59,751), Utilities ($59,313), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($56,096).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $17.4B

  2. $7.3B

  3. $6.62B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $17.4B, followed by Coal with $7.3B and Pharmaceuticals and $6.62B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$68B

2015 Value

$86.9B

Projected 2045 Value

27.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound West Virginia trade was $68B. This is expected to increase 27.7% to $86.9B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $10.5B

  2. $6.95B

  3. $6.94B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Pennsylvania with $10.5B, followed by Ohio with $6.95B and Virginia and $6.94B.

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

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Health

92.3% of the population of Berkeley County, WV has health coverage, with 51.1% on employee plans, 16% on Medicaid, 10.4% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 2.79% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Berkeley County, WV was $9,462 in 2014. This is a 5.5% increase from the previous year ($8,969).

Primary care physicians in Berkeley County, WV see 2194 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.724% decrease from the previous year (2210 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1957 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 656 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (19.7%). Additionally, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,194 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Berkeley County, WV see an average of 2,194 patients per year. This represents a 0.724% decrease from the previous year (2,210 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Berkeley County, WV in comparison to neighboring states.

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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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$9,462

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,917

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,557

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,268

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in West Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.5%, from $8,969 to $9,462.

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

7.7%

Uninsured

51.1%

Employer Coverage

16%

Medicaid

10.4%

Medicare

12%

Non-Group

2.79%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Berkeley County, WV declined by 12.6% from 8.81% to 7.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Berkeley County, WV 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. 19.7% prevalence

  2. 19.1% prevalence

  3. 18.2% prevalence

McDowell County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in West Virginia, at 19.7%.

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

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Diversity

Berkeley County, WV is home to a population of 112k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.4% of Berkeley County, WV residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Berkeley County, WV is composed of 94.4k White Alone residents (84.6%), 8k Black or African American Alone residents (7.17%), 4.49k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.02%), 2.78k Two or More Races residents (2.49%), 1.2k Asian Alone residents (1.07%), 561 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.503%), 100 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0896%), and 97 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0869%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Berkeley County, WV are Spanish or Spanish Creole (2,572 speakers), German (338 speakers), and Vietnamese (288 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Berkeley County, WV was 38.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Berkeley County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Berkeley County, WV residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.4%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.38%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.4% of Berkeley County, WV 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 Berkeley County, WV was 3.38%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,603 ± 1,252 people

  2. India

    2,547 ± 1,238 people

  3. China

    2,428 ± 1,209 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Berkeley County, WV was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 Berkeley County, WV residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

98.4%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.4% of Berkeley County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Berkeley County, WV was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    94.4k ± 437

  2. Black or African American Alone

    8k ± 417

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.49k ± 667

In 2017, there were 11.8 times more White Alone residents (94.4k people) in Berkeley County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8k Black or African American Alone and 4.49k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Berkeley County, WV as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    2,572 speakers (2.53%)

  2. German

    338 speakers (0.332%)

  3. Vietnamese

    288 speakers (0.283%)

5.2% of Berkeley County, WV 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 Berkeley County, WV was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.53% of the overall population of Berkeley County, WV are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.332% speak German and 0.283% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,729 ± 362

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,042 ± 309

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,875 ± 377

Berkeley County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.34 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Berkeley County, WV awarded 2,026 degrees. The student population of Berkeley County, WV is skewed towards women, with 2,169 male students and 4,397 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Berkeley County, WV are White (1,525 and 75.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (196 and 9.67%), Black or African American (180 and 8.88%), and Two or More Races (51 and 2.52%).

The largest universities in Berkeley County, WV by number of degrees awarded are Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (980 and 48.4%), Martinsburg College (765 and 37.8%), and James Rumsey Technical Institute (125 and 6.17%).

The most popular majors in Berkeley County, WV are Medical Office Assistant (368 and 18.2%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (337 and 16.6%), and General Studies (179 and 8.84%).

The median tuition costs in Berkeley County, WV are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Berkeley County, WV was General Human Resources Management & Personnel Administration with 44 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Berkeley County, WV according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 980 degrees awarded

  2. 765 degrees awarded

  3. 125 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Berkeley County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was Blue Ridge Community and Technical College with 980 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

541

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,485

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 541 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Berkeley County, WV, which is 0.364 times less than the 1,485 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,525 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    196 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    180 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Berkeley County, WV were to White students. These 1,525 degrees mean that there were 7.78 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 196 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Berkeley County, WV was $168,200 in 2017, which is 0.773 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $163,800 to $168,200, a 2.69% increase. The homeownership rate in Berkeley County, WV is 73.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Berkeley County, WV have an average commute time of 30 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Berkeley County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$59,480

Median Household Income

± $2,334

42.5k

Number of Households

± 1,604

In 2017, the median household income of the 42.5k households in Berkeley County, WV grew to $59,480 from the previous year's value of $57,148.

The following chart displays the households in Berkeley County, WV 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

$168,200

2017 Median

± $3,064

$163,800

2016 Median

± $2,935

In 2017, the median property value in Berkeley County, WV grew to to $168,200 from the previous year's value of $163,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Berkeley County, WV 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 Berkeley County, WV 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 Berkeley County, WV distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Berkeley County, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

73.8%

2017 Homeownership

73.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.8% of the housing units in Berkeley County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Berkeley County, WV 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 Berkeley County, WV distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Berkeley County, WV have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

30 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Berkeley County, WV have a longer commute time (30 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 7.89% of the workforce in Berkeley County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.6%

  2. Carpooled

    11.6%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.75%

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

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