Bluefield, WV-VA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
106,905
0.931% 1-year decline
2018 Median Age
43.6
0.926% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
17.4%
5.34% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$41,979
0.633% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$102,300
3.54% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
39,364
0.583% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Bluefield, WV-VA had a population of 107k people with a median age of 43.6 and a median household income of $41,979. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Bluefield, WV-VA declined from 107,910 to 106,905, a −0.931% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,715 to $41,979, a 0.633% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Bluefield, WV-VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.75%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.88%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.537%), and White (Hispanic) (0.525%).

None of the households in Bluefield, WV-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.

99.6% of the residents in Bluefield, WV-VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bluefield, WV-VA are Southwest Virginia Community College (514 degrees awarded in 2020), Concord University (508 degrees), and Bluefield State College (310 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Bluefield, WV-VA was $102,300, and the homeownership rate was 71.8%.

Most people in Bluefield, WV-VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Bluefield, WV-VA was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Bluefield, WV-VA is home to a population of 107k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2020, 0.884% of Bluefield, WV-VA residents were born outside of the country (945 people).

In 2020, there were 19.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (97.8k people) in Bluefield, WV-VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.08k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.01k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.6%
2020 Citizenship
99.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.6% of Bluefield, WV-VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Bluefield, WV-VA was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Bluefield, WV-VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    97.8k ± 375
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.08k ± 278
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.01k ± 466
1.13%
Hispanic Population
1.21k people

In 2020, there were 19.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (97.8k people) in Bluefield, WV-VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.08k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.01k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.13% of the people in Bluefield, WV-VA are hispanic (1.21k people).

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the MSA level, so we are showing data for Virginia and West Virginia.
Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    109,863 ± 8,663 people
  2. India
    97,081 ± 8,732 people
  3. Mexico
    58,218 ± 6,855 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia and West Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 109,863 Virginia and West Virginia residents, followed by India with 97,081 and Mexico with 58,218.

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Foreign-Born Population

0.884%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
945 people
0.893%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
964 people

As of 2020, 0.884% of Bluefield, WV-VA residents (945 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 Bluefield, WV-VA was 0.893%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,132 ± 407
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    960 ± 231
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    712 ± 189

Bluefield, WV-VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.26 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Bluefield, WV-VA employs 39.4k people. The largest industries in Bluefield, WV-VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,023 people), Retail Trade (5,566 people), and Educational Services (4,590 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($91,926), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,256), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,375).

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.

Occupations

39.4k
2020 Value
± 1,570
−0.583%
1 Year decline
± 5.35%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Bluefield, WV-VA declined at a rate of −0.583%, from 39.6k employees to 39.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bluefield, WV-VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,621 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,073 people), and Production Occupations (3,005 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bluefield, WV-VA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

39.4k
2020 Value
± 1,570
−0.583%
1 Year decline
± 5.35%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Bluefield, WV-VA declined at a rate of −0.583%, from 39.6k employees to 39.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bluefield, WV-VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,023 people), Retail Trade (5,566 people), and Educational Services (4,590 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bluefield, WV-VA, though some of these residents may live in Bluefield, WV-VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$38,463
Median earning men ± $2,575
$26,968
Median earning women ± $1,425

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,563), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,196), and Wholesale Trade ($51,118).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($35,972), Wholesale Trade ($35,682), and Information ($35,182).

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,065
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 586
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 518
    Retail Trade

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $619k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $342k
    Manufacturing
  3. $194k
    Retail Trade

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia and West Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia and West Virginia.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $39.5B
  2. $29.9B
  3. $29.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia and West Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $39.5B, followed by Electronics ($29.9B) and Machinery ($29.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia and West 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
$65.6B
2020 Value in West Virginia
$114B
Projected 2050 Value in West Virginia
74.3% growth

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

Comparatively, total outbound West Virginia trade was $65.6B. This is expected to increase 74.3% to $114B by 2050.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia and West Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia and West Virginia.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $28.4B
  2. $20.6B
  3. $19B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia and West Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $28.4B, followed by Maryland with $20.6B and Pennsylvania and $19B.

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

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

Virginia and West Virginia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Virginia and West 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
Joe Manchin
Senator from West Virginia1
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Carte Goodwin, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Robert Byrd.
Shelley Moore Capito
Senator from West Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Joe Manchin, and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing Virginia and West Virginia.

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

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US Representatives from Virginia and West Virginia

Virginia and West Virginia is currently represented by 14 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 and West Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Bluefield, WV-VA awarded 1,712 degrees. The student population of Bluefield, WV-VA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 2,328 male students and 4,069 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bluefield, WV-VA are White (1,494 and 88.8%), followed by Black or African American (76 and 4.52%), Asian (38 and 2.26%), and Two or More Races (28 and 1.66%).

The largest universities in Bluefield, WV-VA by number of degrees awarded are Southwest Virginia Community College (514 and 30%), Concord University (508 and 29.7%), and Bluefield State College (310 and 18.1%).

The most popular majors in Bluefield, WV-VA are Registered Nursing (159 and 9.29%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (132 and 7.71%), and General Studies (120 and 7.01%).

The median tuition costs in Bluefield, WV-VA are $25,750 for private four year colleges, and $7,769 and $16,027 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2020 in Bluefield, WV-VA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 86.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 26.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 6,397 (36.4% men and 63.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 6,397 students enrolled in Bluefield, WV-VA, 36.4% men and 63.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 5,042 records, of which 66.8% were women and 33.2% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 41 degree-majors awarded
  2. 108 degree-majors awarded
  3. 81 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Bluefield, WV-VA was Elementary Education & Teaching with 41 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 514 degrees awarded
  2. 508 degrees awarded
  3. 310 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southwest Virginia Community College with 514 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 588 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bluefield, WV-VA, which is 0.523 times less than the 1,124 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,494 degrees mean that there were 19.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 76 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($25,750) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,820) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,650) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.777% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.788% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (2.24M), Some college (1.72M), and Bachelors Degree (1.58M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Bluefield, WV-VA was $102,300 in 2020, which is 0.445 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $98,800 to $102,300, a 3.54% increase. The homeownership rate in Bluefield, WV-VA is 71.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Bluefield, WV-VA have an average commute time of 23.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Bluefield, WV-VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Bluefield, WV-VA is $41,979. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Bluefield, WV-VA was Loudoun County, VA with a value of $147,111, followed by Falls Church city, VA and Fairfax County, VA, with respective values of $146,922 and $127,866.

Property

$102,300
Median Property Value 2020
±$4,934
$31,444
Median Property Taxes
±$1,181

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bluefield, WV-VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Bluefield, WV-VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

71.8%
Homeownership
2020
68.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 71.8% of the housing units in Bluefield, WV-VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bluefield, WV-VA was Loudoun County, VA with a value of $147,111, followed by Falls Church city, VA and Fairfax County, VA, with respective values of $146,922 and $127,866.

The following map shows all of the counties in Bluefield, WV-VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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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.
$41,979
Median Household Income
± $2,025
43.8k
Number of Households
± 1,604

In 2020, the median household income of the 43.8k households in Bluefield, WV-VA grew to $41,979 from the previous year's value of $41,715.

The following chart displays the households in Bluefield, WV-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 < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bluefield, WV-VA is from Virginia and West Virginia.
0.478
2020 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.479
2019 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.441
2020 Wage GINI in West Virginia
0.444
2019 Wage GINI in West 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.

In the same year, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.441 and income inequality had a 0.729% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for West Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478, meaning wages are distributed more evenly in West Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (86.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.02%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.04%)

In 2020, 86.6% of workers in Bluefield, WV-VA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.02%) and those who worked at home (3.04%).

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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Commute Time

23.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bluefield, WV-VA have a shorter commute time (23.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.31% of the workforce in Bluefield, WV-VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Bluefield, WV-VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bluefield, WV-VA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bluefield, WV-VA (17.9k out of 103k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 45 - 54.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bluefield, WV-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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93.1% of the population of Bluefield, WV-VA has health coverage, with 37.6% on employee plans, 23.5% on Medicaid, 19.4% on Medicare, 10.2% on non-group plans, and 2.51% 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).

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

Primary care physicians in Virginia see 1325 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.455% increase from the previous year (1319 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1409 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 531 patients per year.

Similarly, primary care physicians in West Virginia see 1278 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.699% decrease from the previous year (1287 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1760 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 726 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

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

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,325 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Virginia
1,278 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in West Virginia

Primary care physicians in Virginia see an average of 1,325 patients per year. This represents a 0.455% increase from the previous year (1,319 patients).

Primary care physicians in West Virginia see an average of 1,278 patients per year. This represents a 0.699% decrease from the previous year (1,287 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Virginia and West Virginia in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.5% under 18 years, 17.9% between 18 and 34 years, 38.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 22.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.5% were men and 52.5% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

6.94%
Uninsured
37.6%
Employer Coverage
23.5%
Medicaid
19.4%
Medicare
10.2%
Non-Group
2.51%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bluefield, WV-VA declined by 10.6% from 7.76% to 6.94%.

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

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