Greenbrier County, WV

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Population

35,523

0.16% decline

Median Age

45.4


Median Household Income

$40,483

1.14% growth

Poverty Rate

17.8%


Number of Employees

13,947

0.432% growth

Median Property Value

$115,400

4.91% growth

About

In 2017, Greenbrier County, WV had a population of 35.5k people with a median age of 45.4 and a median household income of $40,483. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Greenbrier County, WV declined from 35,580 to 35,523, a -0.16% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,026 to $40,483, a 1.14% increase.

The population of Greenbrier County, WV is 92.7% White Alone, 2.58% Black or African American Alone, and 2.45% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Greenbrier County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Greenbrier County, WV are West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (187 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Greenbrier County, WV is $115,400, and the homeownership rate is 72.6%. Most people in Greenbrier County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Greenbrier 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 Greenbrier County, WV employs 13.9k people. The largest industries in Greenbrier County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,479 people), Retail Trade (1,958 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,574 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,857), Transportation & Warehousing ($43,083), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($42,500).

Median household income in Greenbrier County, WV is $40,483. Males in Greenbrier 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 Greenbrier County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,483

2017 value

± $2,964

1.14%

1 Year Growth

± 11%

Households in Greenbrier County, WV have a median annual income of $40,483, 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 $40,026 in 2016, which represents a 1.14% 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 Greenbrier 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 9504

  2. Census Tract 9506

  3. Census Tract 9507

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Greenbrier County, WV was Census Tract 9504 with a value of $45,986, followed by Census Tract 9506 and Census Tract 9507, with respective values of $45,015 and $43,884.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Greenbrier County, WV (6.2k out of 34.9k 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 25 - 34 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    5,452 ± 472

  2. Two Or More

    491 ± 162

  3. Black

    216 ± 136

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Greenbrier County, WV is White, followed by Two Or More 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

13.9k

2017 Value

± 860

0.432%

1 Year growth

± 8.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Greenbrier County, WV grew at a rate of 0.432%, from 13.9k employees to 13.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Greenbrier County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,599 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,466 people), and Management Occupations (1,074 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Greenbrier County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Greenbrier County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,599 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,466 people), and Management Occupations (1,074 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Greenbrier County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.11 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.87 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Greenbrier County, WV, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($78,527), Legal Occupations ($59,000), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($57,939).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.9k

2017 Value

± 860

0.432%

1 Year growth

± 8.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Greenbrier County, WV grew at a rate of 0.432%, from 13.9k employees to 13.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Greenbrier County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,479 people), Retail Trade (1,958 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,574 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Greenbrier County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Greenbrier 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 Greenbrier County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,479 people), Retail Trade (1,958 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,574 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Greenbrier County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.79 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.24 times), and Utilities (1.63 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Greenbrier County, WV, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,857), Transportation & Warehousing ($43,083), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($42,500).

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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 ($7.3B) and Pharmaceuticals ($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

91.4% of the population of Greenbrier County, WV has health coverage, with 37.2% on employee plans, 22.1% on Medicaid, 16.1% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 3.17% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Greenbrier County, WV see 756 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.265% increase from the previous year (754 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1604 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1069 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

756 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Greenbrier County, WV see an average of 756 patients per year. This represents a 0.265% increase from the previous year (754 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Greenbrier 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%).

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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

8.62%

Uninsured

37.2%

Employer Coverage

22.1%

Medicaid

16.1%

Medicare

12.8%

Non-Group

3.17%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Greenbrier County, WV declined by 19% from 10.6% to 8.62%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Greenbrier 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

Greenbrier County, WV is home to a population of 35.5k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.29% of Greenbrier County, WV residents were born outside of the country (458 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Greenbrier County, WV is composed of 32.9k White Alone residents (92.7%), 917 Black or African American Alone residents (2.58%), 869 Two or More Races residents (2.45%), 616 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.73%), 108 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.304%), 80 Asian Alone residents (0.225%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Greenbrier County, WV are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Greenbrier County, WV was 45.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Greenbrier County, WV are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Greenbrier County, WV residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.29%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

458 people

1.14%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

407 people

As of 2017, 1.29% of Greenbrier County, WV residents (458 people) 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 Greenbrier County, WV was 1.14%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 West Virginia residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

99.2%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.2% of Greenbrier County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Greenbrier County, WV was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    32.9k ± 143

  2. Black or African American Alone

    917 ± 140

  3. Two or More Races

    869 ± 154

In 2017, there were 35.9 times more White Alone residents (32.9k people) in Greenbrier County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 917 Black or African American Alone and 869 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Greenbrier County, WV citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Greenbrier County, WV was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Greenbrier County, WV are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,036 ± 163

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    404 ± 179

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    348 ± 108

Greenbrier County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.56 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Greenbrier County, WV awarded 187 degrees. The student population of Greenbrier County, WV is skewed towards men, with 429 male students and 418 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Greenbrier County, WV are White (134 and 71.7%), followed by Asian (37 and 19.8%), Black or African American (5 and 2.67%), and Hispanic or Latino (5 and 2.67%).

The largest universities in Greenbrier County, WV by number of degrees awarded are West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (187 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Greenbrier County, WV are Osteopathic Medicine (187 and 100%).

The median tuition costs in Greenbrier 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

Most Common

  1. 187 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Professional Doctorate recipients in Greenbrier County, WV was Osteopathic Medicine with 187 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Professional Doctorate from schools in Greenbrier County, WV according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

187 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Greenbrier County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with 187 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

97

Degrees Awarded to Men

90

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 97 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Greenbrier County, WV, which is 1.08 times more than the 90 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Greenbrier County, WV by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    134 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    37 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    5 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Greenbrier County, WV were to White students. These 134 degrees mean that there were 3.62 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 37 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Greenbrier County, WV was $115,400 in 2017, which is 0.53 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $110,000 to $115,400, a 4.91% increase. The homeownership rate in Greenbrier County, WV is 72.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Greenbrier County, WV have an average commute time of 24.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Greenbrier 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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$40,483

Median Household Income

± $2,964

15.3k

Number of Households

± 832

In 2017, the median household income of the 15.3k households in Greenbrier County, WV grew to $40,483 from the previous year's value of $40,026.

The following chart displays the households in Greenbrier 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$115,400

2017 Median

± $7,855

$110,000

2016 Median

± $6,664

In 2017, the median property value in Greenbrier County, WV grew to to $115,400 from the previous year's value of $110,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Greenbrier 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 Greenbrier County, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

72.6%

2017 Homeownership

73.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.6% of the housing units in Greenbrier County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73.8%.

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

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Commute Time

24.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Greenbrier County, WV have a shorter commute time (24.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.01% of the workforce in Greenbrier County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.3%

  2. Carpooled

    11.9%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.36%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Greenbrier County, WV was Drove Alone (80.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.9%) and those who Worked At Home (3.36%).

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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