Emporia, VA

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Population

5,495

1.26% decline

Median Age

35.9


Median Household Income

$27,426

0.946% growth

Poverty Rate

30.9%


Number of Employees

1,893

1.25% decline

Median Property Value

$115,700

5.63% decline

About

In 2017, Emporia, VA had a population of 5.5k people with a median age of 35.9 and a median household income of $27,426. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Emporia, VA declined from 5,565 to 5,495, a -1.26% decrease and its median household income grew from $27,169 to $27,426, a 0.946% increase.

The population of Emporia, VA is 64.3% Black or African American Alone, 29.5% White Alone, and 5.66% Hispanic or Latino. 5.12% of the people in Emporia, VA speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Emporia, VA is $115,700, and the homeownership rate is 42.6%. Most people in Emporia, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Emporia, VA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Emporia, VA employs 1.89k people. The largest industries in Emporia, VA are Retail Trade (284 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (269 people), and Manufacturing (236 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($61,667), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,583), and Public Administration ($40,272).

Median household income in Emporia, VA is $27,426. Males in Emporia, VA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,180. The income inequality in Emporia, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$27,426

2017 value

± $7,596

0.946%

1 Year Growth

± 30.7%

Households in Emporia, VA have a median annual income of $27,426, 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 $27,169 in 2016, which represents a 0.946% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183

Average Male Salary

± $1,323

$55,180

Average Female Salary

± $1,030

In 2017, full-time male employees in Emporia, VA made 1.34 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

    $68,169 ± $3,324

  2. White

    $60,529 ± $977

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $56,661 ± $29,375

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Emporia, VA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Emporia, VA is from Virginia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0649% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in 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 8902

  2. Census Tract 8901

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Emporia, VA was Census Tract 8902 with a value of $30,240, followed by Census Tract 8901 and N/A, with respective values of $26,755 and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

30.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Emporia, VA (1.63k out of 5.28k 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 35 - 44, followed by Males 12 - 14 and then Males 6 - 11.

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. Black

    1,141 ± 243

  2. White

    385 ± 131

  3. Hispanic

    132 ± 131

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Emporia, VA is Black, followed by White 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

1.89k

2017 Value

± 298

-1.25%

1 Year decline

± 22.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Emporia, VA declined at a rate of -1.25%, from 1.92k employees to 1.89k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Emporia, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (295 people), Management Occupations (243 people), and Transportation Occupations (190 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Emporia, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Emporia, VA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (295 people), Management Occupations (243 people), and Transportation Occupations (190 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Emporia, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (2.87 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (2.75 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.51 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Emporia, VA, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($52,135), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,953), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($50,938).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.89k

2017 Value

± 298

-1.25%

1 Year decline

± 22.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Emporia, VA declined at a rate of -1.25%, from 1.92k employees to 1.89k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Emporia, VA, are Retail Trade (284 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (269 people), and Manufacturing (236 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Emporia, VA, though some of these residents may live in Emporia, VA 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 Emporia, VA, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (284 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (269 people), and Manufacturing (236 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Emporia, VA has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.56 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.74 times), and Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.65 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Emporia, VA, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($61,667), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,583), and Public Administration ($40,272).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.5B

  2. $26B

  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $26B and Electronics and $22.4B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B

2015 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.4B

  2. $12.9B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

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

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Health

78.7% of the population of Emporia, VA has health coverage, with 30.1% on employee plans, 26.2% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 8.28% on non-group plans, and 1.12% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Emporia, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Emporia, VA see 1316 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1317 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1494 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 684 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,316 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Virginia see an average of 1,316 patients per year. This represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1,317 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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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

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

21.3%

Uninsured

30.1%

Employer Coverage

26.2%

Medicaid

12.9%

Medicare

8.28%

Non-Group

1.12%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Emporia, VA declined by 3.13% from 22% to 21.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Emporia, VA 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. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

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

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Diversity

Emporia, VA is home to a population of 5.5k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.49% of Emporia, VA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Emporia, VA is composed of 3.53k Black or African American Alone residents (64.3%), 1.62k White Alone residents (29.5%), 311 Hispanic or Latino residents (5.66%), 14 Two or More Races residents (0.255%), 11 Asian Alone residents (0.2%), 4 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0728%), 1 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0182%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Emporia, VA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (182 speakers), African Languages (36 speakers), and Chinese (21 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.6

34

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 29.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Emporia, VA was 35.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Emporia, VA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Emporia, VA residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.49%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.58%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.49% of Emporia, VA 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 Emporia, VA was 3.58%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    103,545 ± 7,851 people

  2. India

    82,876 ± 7,033 people

  3. Mexico

    56,021 ± 5,792 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Emporia, VA was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Emporia, VA residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

96.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Emporia, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Emporia, VA was 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    3.53k ± 267

  2. White Alone

    1.62k ± 264

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    311 ± 228

In 2017, there were 2.18 times more Black or African American Alone residents (3.53k people) in Emporia, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.62k White Alone and 311 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

    182 speakers (3.39%)

  2. African Languages

    36 speakers (0.67%)

  3. Chinese

    21 speakers (0.391%)

5.12% of Emporia, VA 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 Emporia, VA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.39% of the overall population of Emporia, VA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.67% speak African Languages and 0.391% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (1990s)

    65 ± 46

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    40 ± 47

  3. Vietnam

    34 ± 38

Emporia, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (1990s), 1.63 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Emporia, VA was $115,700 in 2017, which is 0.532 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $122,600 to $115,700, a 5.63% decrease. The homeownership rate in Emporia, VA is 42.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Emporia, VA have an average commute time of 17.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Emporia, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$27,426

Median Household Income

± $7,596

2.12k

Number of Households

± 297

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.12k households in Emporia, VA grew to $27,426 from the previous year's value of $27,169.

The following chart displays the households in Emporia, 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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Housing

Property Value

$115,700

2017 Median

± $19,775

$122,600

2016 Median

± $17,291

In 2017, the median property value in Emporia, VA declined from to $115,700 from the previous year's value of $122,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Emporia, VA 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 Emporia, VA 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 Emporia, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Emporia, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

42.6%

2017 Homeownership

39.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 42.6% of the housing units in Emporia, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 39.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Emporia, VA 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 Emporia, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Emporia, VA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

17.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Emporia, VA have a shorter commute time (17.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.381% of the workforce in Emporia, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.9%

  2. Carpooled

    10.1%

  3. Walked

    4.17%

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

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