Buckhannon, WV

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Population

5,596

0.868% decline

Median Age

32.2


Median Household Income

$34,423

3.74% growth

Poverty Rate

27.8%


Number of Employees

2,095

6.01% decline

Median Property Value

$129,700

2.69% growth

About

In 2017, Buckhannon, WV had a population of 5.6k people with a median age of 32.2 and a median household income of $34,423. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Buckhannon, WV declined from 5,645 to 5,596, a -0.868% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,182 to $34,423, a 3.74% increase.

The population of Buckhannon, WV is 91.2% White Alone, 4.91% Black or African American Alone, and 2.54% Hispanic or Latino. 1.63% of the people in Buckhannon, WV speak a non-English language, and 98.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Buckhannon, WV are West Virginia Wesleyan College (296 degrees awarded in 2016) and Fred W Eberle Technical Center (132 degrees).

The median property value in Buckhannon, WV is $129,700, and the homeownership rate is 48.3%. Most people in Buckhannon, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Buckhannon, WV is 1 car 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 Buckhannon, WV employs 2.1k people. The largest industries in Buckhannon, WV are Educational Services (515 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (418 people), and Retail Trade (254 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($71,071), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,594), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($35,809).

Median household income in Buckhannon, WV is $34,423. Males in Buckhannon, 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 Buckhannon, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,423

2017 value

± $7,398

3.74%

1 Year Growth

± 36.1%

Households in Buckhannon, WV have a median annual income of $34,423, 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 $33,182 in 2016, which represents a 3.74% 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 Buckhannon, WV made 1.4 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

    $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 Buckhannon, 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 Buckhannon, 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9669

  2. Census Tract 9667

  3. Census Tract 9666

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Buckhannon, WV was Census Tract 9669 with a value of $49,649, followed by Census Tract 9667 and Census Tract 9666, with respective values of $42,083 and $42,045.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

27.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Buckhannon, WV (1.24k out of 4.46k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 35 - 44 and then Females < 5.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,223 ± 222

  2. Hispanic

    95 ± 100

  3. Black

    9 ± 80

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Buckhannon, WV is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

2.1k

2017 Value

± 282

-6.01%

1 Year decline

± 19.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Buckhannon, WV declined at a rate of -6.01%, from 2.23k employees to 2.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Buckhannon, WV, are Sales & Related Occupations (215 people), Personal Care & Service Occupations (211 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (194 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Buckhannon, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Buckhannon, WV, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (215 people), Personal Care & Service Occupations (211 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (194 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Buckhannon, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Personal Care & Service Occupations (2.69 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.17 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.98 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Buckhannon, WV, by median earnings, are Construction & Extraction Occupations ($64,375), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($55,833), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($55,370).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.1k

2017 Value

± 282

-6.01%

1 Year decline

± 19.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Buckhannon, WV declined at a rate of -6.01%, from 2.23k employees to 2.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Buckhannon, WV, are Educational Services (515 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (418 people), and Retail Trade (254 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Buckhannon, WV, though some of these residents may live in Buckhannon, 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 Buckhannon, WV, by number of employees, are Educational Services (515 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (418 people), and Retail Trade (254 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Buckhannon, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (12.2 times higher than expected), Educational Services (2.65 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.44 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Buckhannon, WV, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($71,071), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,594), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($35,809).

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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

90.2% of the population of Buckhannon, WV has health coverage, with 36.6% on employee plans, 27.1% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 1.27% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Buckhannon, WV see 1273 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.47% decrease from the previous year (1292 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1917 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 890 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

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1,273 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in West Virginia see an average of 1,273 patients per year. This represents a 1.47% decrease from the previous year (1,292 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

9.77%

Uninsured

36.6%

Employer Coverage

27.1%

Medicaid

12.4%

Medicare

12.8%

Non-Group

1.27%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Buckhannon, WV declined by 7.86% from 10.6% to 9.77%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Buckhannon, 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

Buckhannon, WV is home to a population of 5.6k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.04% of Buckhannon, WV residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Buckhannon, WV is composed of 5.1k White Alone residents (91.2%), 275 Black or African American Alone residents (4.91%), 142 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.54%), 32 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.572%), 24 Asian Alone residents (0.429%), 21 Two or More Races residents (0.375%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Buckhannon, WV are Spanish or Spanish Creole (40 speakers), German (26 speakers), and Italian (9 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 4.9

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 30.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Buckhannon, WV was 32.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Buckhannon, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Buckhannon, WV residents was 30.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.04%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.93%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.04% of Buckhannon, 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 Buckhannon, WV was 1.93%, 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 Buckhannon, WV was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 Buckhannon, WV residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

98.4%

2017 Citizenship

98.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.4% of Buckhannon, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Buckhannon, WV was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    5.1k ± 144

  2. Black or African American Alone

    275 ± 88

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    142 ± 120

In 2017, there were 18.6 times more White Alone residents (5.1k people) in Buckhannon, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 275 Black or African American Alone and 142 Hispanic or Latino 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

    40 speakers (0.785%)

  2. German

    26 speakers (0.511%)

  3. Italian

    9 speakers (0.177%)

1.63% of Buckhannon, 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 Buckhannon, WV was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.785% of the overall population of Buckhannon, WV are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.511% speak German and 0.177% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    93 ± 48

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    65 ± 60

  3. Vietnam

    52 ± 38

Buckhannon, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.43 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Buckhannon, WV awarded 428 degrees. The student population of Buckhannon, WV is skewed towards women, with 794 male students and 915 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Buckhannon, WV are White (374 and 90.8%), followed by Black or African American (21 and 5.1%), Unknown (7 and 1.7%), and Two or More Races (5 and 1.21%).

The largest universities in Buckhannon, WV by number of degrees awarded are West Virginia Wesleyan College (296 and 69.2%) and Fred W Eberle Technical Center (132 and 30.8%).

The most popular majors in Buckhannon, WV are Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (60 and 14%), General Business (29 and 6.78%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (27 and 6.31%).

The median tuition costs in Buckhannon, WV are $28,574 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

Most Common

  1. 15 degrees awarded

  2. 23 degrees awarded

  3. 17 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Buckhannon, WV was General Biological Sciences with 15 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 296 degrees awarded

  2. 132 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$28,574

Median Private

In 2016, the Buckhannon, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Virginia Wesleyan College with 296 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

217

Degrees Awarded to Men

211

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 217 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Buckhannon, WV, which is 1.03 times more than the 211 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

    374 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    21 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    7 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Buckhannon, WV were to White students. These 374 degrees mean that there were 17.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 21 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Buckhannon, WV was $129,700 in 2017, which is 0.596 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $126,300 to $129,700, a 2.69% increase. The homeownership rate in Buckhannon, WV is 48.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Buckhannon, WV have an average commute time of 15.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Buckhannon, WV is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

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$34,423

Median Household Income

± $7,398

1.95k

Number of Households

± 230

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.95k households in Buckhannon, WV grew to $34,423 from the previous year's value of $33,182.

The following chart displays the households in Buckhannon, 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

$129,700

2017 Median

± $15,533

$126,300

2016 Median

± $13,930

In 2017, the median property value in Buckhannon, WV grew to to $129,700 from the previous year's value of $126,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Buckhannon, 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 Buckhannon, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

48.3%

2017 Homeownership

54.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 48.3% of the housing units in Buckhannon, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 54.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Buckhannon, WV compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Buckhannon, WV distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Buckhannon, WV have 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

15.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Buckhannon, WV have a shorter commute time (15.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.26% of the workforce in Buckhannon, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71.2%

  2. Walked

    12.5%

  3. Carpooled

    10.6%

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

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