Boone County, WV

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Population

23,236

1.73% decline

Median Age

42.5


Median Household Income

$37,955

0.357% growth

Poverty Rate

24.4%


Number of Employees

7,030

1.86% decline

Median Property Value

$71,800

1.51% decline

About

In 2017, Boone County, WV had a population of 23.2k people with a median age of 42.5 and a median household income of $37,955. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Boone County, WV declined from 23,645 to 23,236, a -1.73% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,820 to $37,955, a 0.357% increase.

The population of Boone County, WV is 97.8% White Alone, 0.792% Black or African American Alone, and 0.572% Two or More Races. 0.416% of the people in Boone County, WV speak a non-English language, and 100% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Boone County, WV is $71,800, and the homeownership rate is 76.9%. Most people in Boone County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 32.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Boone County, WV is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Autumn sunrise scenery from the Bear Rocks area of the Dolly Sods Wilderness near Davis, West Virginia (USA). HDR composite from multiple exposures.

Economy

The economy of Boone County, WV employs 7.03k people. The largest industries in Boone County, WV are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,399 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,341 people), and Retail Trade (777 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,625), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($64,773), and Information ($44,524).

Median household income in Boone County, WV is $37,955. Males in Boone 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 Boone County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,955

2017 value

± $2,690

0.357%

1 Year Growth

± 8.85%

Households in Boone County, WV have a median annual income of $37,955, 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 $37,820 in 2016, which represents a 0.357% 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 Boone 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 Boone 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 Boone 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 Boone 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 9584

  2. Census Tract 9585.02

  3. Census Tract 9582

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Boone County, WV was Census Tract 9584 with a value of $46,725, followed by Census Tract 9585.02 and Census Tract 9582, with respective values of $46,085 and $45,213.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

24.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Boone County, WV (5.62k out of 23k 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 Males 35 - 44, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    5,539 ± 467

  2. Black

    56 ± 114

  3. Two Or More

    24 ± 104

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Boone County, WV 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

7.03k

2017 Value

± 505

-1.86%

1 Year decline

± 10%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Boone County, WV declined at a rate of -1.86%, from 7.16k employees to 7.03k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Boone County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,006 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (959 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (540 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Boone County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Boone County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,006 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (959 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (540 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Boone County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.74 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.34 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.91 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Boone County, WV, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($73,438), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($72,619), and Management Occupations ($68,618).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.03k

2017 Value

± 505

-1.86%

1 Year decline

± 10%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Boone County, WV declined at a rate of -1.86%, from 7.16k employees to 7.03k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Boone County, WV, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,399 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,341 people), and Retail Trade (777 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Boone County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Boone 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 Boone County, WV, by number of employees, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,399 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,341 people), and Retail Trade (777 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Boone County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (36.8 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.01 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Boone County, WV, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,625), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($64,773), and Information ($44,524).

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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

92.9% of the population of Boone County, WV has health coverage, with 38.1% on employee plans, 29.5% on Medicaid, 16.1% on Medicare, 8.26% on non-group plans, and 0.921% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Boone County, WV see 2922 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.42% decrease from the previous year (2964 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4563 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 4563 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

2922 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Boone County, WV see an average of 2922 patients per year. This represents a 1.42% decrease from the previous year (2964 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%).

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%).

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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

7.13%

Uninsured

38.1%

Employer Coverage

29.5%

Medicaid

16.1%

Medicare

8.26%

Non-Group

0.921%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Boone County, WV declined by 17.6% from 8.65% to 7.13%.

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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

Boone County, WV is home to a population of 23.2k people, from which 100% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.314% of Boone County, WV residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Boone County, WV is composed of 22.7k White Alone residents (97.8%), 184 Black or African American Alone residents (0.792%), 133 Two or More Races residents (0.572%), 133 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.572%), 40 Asian Alone residents (0.172%), 9 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0387%), 4 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0172%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Boone County, WV are Spanish or Spanish Creole (58 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (12 speakers), and Arabic (10 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

63

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Boone County, WV was 42.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 63. But people in Boone County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Boone County, WV residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.314%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.258%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.314% of Boone 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 Boone County, WV was 0.258%, 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 Boone County, WV was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 Boone County, WV residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

100%

2017 Citizenship

100%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 100% of Boone County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Boone County, WV was 100%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    22.7k ± 6

  2. Black or African American Alone

    184 ± 63

  3. Two or More Races

    133 ± 49.7

In 2017, there were 124 times more White Alone residents (22.7k people) in Boone County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 184 Black or African American Alone and 133 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. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    58 speakers (0.257%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    12 speakers (0.0531%)

  3. Arabic

    10 speakers (0.0443%)

0.416% of Boone 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 Boone County, WV was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.257% of the overall population of Boone County, WV are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.0531% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.0443% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    564 ± 117

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    174 ± 78

  3. Korea

    137 ± 63

Boone County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.24 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Boone County, WV was $71,800 in 2017, which is 0.33 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $72,900 to $71,800, a 1.51% decrease. The homeownership rate in Boone County, WV is 76.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Boone County, WV have an average commute time of 32.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Boone 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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$37,955

Median Household Income

± $2,690

9.3k

Number of Households

± 573

In 2017, the median household income of the 9.3k households in Boone County, WV grew to $37,955 from the previous year's value of $37,820.

The following chart displays the households in Boone 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$71,800

2017 Median

± $3,702

$72,900

2016 Median

± $3,519

In 2017, the median property value in Boone County, WV declined from to $71,800 from the previous year's value of $72,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Boone 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 Boone County, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

76.9%

2017 Homeownership

76%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76.9% of the housing units in Boone County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76%.

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

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Commute Time

32.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Boone County, WV have a longer commute time (32.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.15% of the workforce in Boone County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.8%

  2. Carpooled

    7.13%

  3. Walked

    2.6%

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

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