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0.57% growth
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Median Household Income
4.61% growth
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2.71% growth
Median Property Value
3.86% growth


The economy of Jefferson County, WV employs 27,134 people. The economy of Jefferson County, WV is specialized in Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; Public Admin.; and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services, which employ respectively 2.54; 2.36; and 1.4 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Jefferson County, WV are Public Admin. (3,034), Educational Services (2,972), and Retail trade (2,856), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($70,786), Utilities ($63,523), and Transportation & Warehousing ($47,083).

Median household income in Jefferson County, WV is $69,753. Males in Jefferson County, WV have an average income that is 1.48 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,164. The income inequality of Jefferson County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.427 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Jefferson County, WV. In Jefferson County, WV the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 48 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,855. McDowell County, WV has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in West Virginia.


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Jefferson County, WV is home to a population of 55,531 people, from which 97.9% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Jefferson County, WV is composed of 46,692 White residents (84.1%), 3,719 Black residents (6.7%), 2,902 Hispanic residents (5.23%), 1,275 Two+ residents (2.3%), and 768 Asian residents (1.38%). The most common foreign languages in Jefferson County, WV are Spanish (1,833 speakers), German (181 speakers), and Other Asian (177 speakers), but compared to other places, Jefferson County, WV has a relative high number of Other Slavic (143 speakers), Persian (115 speakers), and German (181 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Jefferson County, WV awarded 12,271 degrees. The student population of Jefferson County, WV is skewed away from females, with 7,801 male students and 4,470 female students. Most students in Jefferson County, WV are White (7,959 and 64.9%), followed by Black or African American (1,815 and 14.8%), Hispanic or Latino (1,049 and 8.55%), and Unknown (495 and 4.03%). The largest universities in Jefferson County, WV by number of graduates are American Public University System (11,410 and 93%), Shepherd University (861 and 7.02%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Jefferson County, WV are General Business Administration & Management (919 and 7.49%), International & Global Studies (461 and 3.76%), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (450 and 3.67%). The median tuition costs in Jefferson County, WV are N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,230 and $14,592 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Jefferson County, WV is $215,300, which is 1.05 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $207,300 to $215,300, a 3.86% increase. The homeownership rate of Jefferson County, WV is 74.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Jefferson County, WV have an average commute time of 36.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Jefferson County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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