Kanawha County, WV

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2021 Population
181,953
0.519% 1-year growth
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2021 Median Age
43.5
0.229% 1-year decrease
2021 Poverty Rate
16.4%
4.22% 1-year decrease
2021 Median Household Income
$50,574
7.33% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$118,200
2.52% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
77,920
0.119% 1-year growth

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In 2021, Kanawha County, WV had a population of 182k people with a median age of 43.5 and a median household income of $50,574. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of Kanawha County, WV grew from 181,014 to 181,953, a 0.519% increase and its median household income grew from $47,122 to $50,574, a 7.33% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Kanawha County, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.72%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.52%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.16%), and White (Hispanic) (0.567%).

None of the households in Kanawha County, WV reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.3% of the residents in Kanawha County, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kanawha County, WV are University of Charleston (985 degrees awarded in 2021), West Virginia State University (420 degrees), and BridgeValley Community & Technical College (344 degrees).

In 2021, the median property value in Kanawha County, WV was $118,200, and the homeownership rate was 69.9%.

Most people in Kanawha County, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Kanawha County, WV was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Kanawha County, WV is home to a population of 182k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2021, 1.89% of Kanawha County, WV residents were born outside of the country (3.44k people).

In 2021, there were 13 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (159k people) in Kanawha County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.4k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.3%
2021 Citizenship
99.3%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 99.3% of Kanawha County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in Kanawha County, WV was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Kanawha County, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    159k ± 413
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    12.2k ± 608
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    6.4k ± 699
1.15%
Hispanic Population
2.1k people

In 2021, there were 13 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (159k people) in Kanawha County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.4k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.15% of the people in Kanawha County, WV are hispanic (2.1k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Kanawha County, WV as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    2,200 ± 1,151 people
  2. China
    1,989 ± 1,094 people
  3. Mexico
    1,564 ± 971 people

In 2021, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was India, the natal country of 2,200 West Virginia residents, followed by China with 1,989 and Mexico with 1,564.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.89%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.44k people
1.8%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
3.26k people

As of 2021, 1.89% of Kanawha County, WV residents (3.44k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2020, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Kanawha County, WV was 1.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,994 ± 330
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,066 ± 486
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,401 ± 340

Kanawha County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.93 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Kanawha County, WV employs 77.9k people. The largest industries in Kanawha County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,933 people), Retail Trade (9,423 people), and Public Administration (6,786 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,605), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,184), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($57,436).

Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,027. The income inequality in West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.447, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

77.9k
2021 Value
± 2,293
0.119%
1 Year growth
± 4.06%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Kanawha County, WV grew at a rate of 0.119%, from 77.8k employees to 77.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kanawha County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,126 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,190 people), and Management Occupations (5,904 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kanawha County, WV.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

77.9k
2021 Value
± 2,293
0.119%
1 Year growth
± 4.06%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Kanawha County, WV grew at a rate of 0.119%, from 77.8k employees to 77.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kanawha County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,933 people), Retail Trade (9,423 people), and Public Administration (6,786 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kanawha County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Kanawha County, WV and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,368
Median earning men ± $1,399
$31,921
Median earning women ± $1,252

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,380), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,031), and Wholesale Trade ($55,173).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Information ($50,625), Construction ($47,467), and Manufacturing ($42,799).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in West Virginia. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in West Virginia.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,292
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,240
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 980
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $2.2M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $881k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. $761k
    Manufacturing

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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. $13.7B
  2. $6.8B
  3. $5.5B

In 2020, the top outbound West Virginia product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $13.7B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($6.8B) and Coal ($5.5B).

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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$68.8B
2020 Value in West Virginia
$114B
Projected 2050 Value in West Virginia
66.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound West Virginia trade was $68.8B. This is expected to increase 66.4% to $114B by 2050.

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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. $11.9B
  2. $6.59B
  3. $5.87B

In 2020, the top outbound West Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $11.9B, followed by Pennsylvania with $6.59B and Virginia and $5.87B.

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

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Kanawha County, WV went to Donald J. Trump with 56.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.49%).

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing the state of West Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from West Virginia

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Joe Manchin
Senator from West Virginia1
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Carte Goodwin, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Robert Byrd.
Shelley Moore Capito
Senator from West Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing West Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from West Virginia

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for West Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2021, universities in Kanawha County, WV awarded 2,167 degrees. The student population of Kanawha County, WV in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 7,842 male students and 9,246 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kanawha County, WV are White (1,449 and 68.7%), followed by Unknown (289 and 13.7%), Black or African American (204 and 9.68%), and Hispanic or Latino (69 and 3.27%).

The largest universities in Kanawha County, WV by number of degrees awarded are University of Charleston (985 and 45.5%), West Virginia State University (420 and 19.4%), and BridgeValley Community & Technical College (344 and 15.9%).

The most popular majors in Kanawha County, WV are Organizational Leadership (333 and 15.4%), Registered Nursing (265 and 12.2%), and Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (159 and 7.34%).

The median tuition costs in Kanawha County, WV are $21,000 for private four year colleges, and $8,308 and $14,280 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2021 in Kanawha County, WV, the percentage of applicants admitted was 85.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 13%. The number of students enrolled in 2021 was 17,088 (45.9% men and 54.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2021 there were 17,088 students enrolled in Kanawha County, WV, 45.9% men and 54.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 12,342 records, of which 58% were women and 42% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 121 degree-majors awarded
  2. 54 degree-majors awarded
  3. 323 degree-majors awarded

In 2021, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Kanawha County, WV was General Business Administration & Management with 121 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 985 degrees awarded
  2. 420 degrees awarded
  3. 344 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Charleston with 985 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2021, 977 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kanawha County, WV, which is 0.821 times less than the 1,190 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,449 degrees mean that there were 5.01 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 289 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($21,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,674) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,800) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 0.603% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.522% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2021 were High School or Equivalent (575k), Some college (293k), and Secondary Education (220k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Kanawha County, WV was $118,200 in 2021, which is 0.483 times smaller than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $115,300 to $118,200, a 2.52% increase. The homeownership rate in Kanawha County, WV is 69.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Kanawha County, WV have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Kanawha County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Kanawha County, WV is $50,574. In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Kanawha County, WV was Census Tract 19.01 with a value of $106,007, followed by Census Tract 19.02 and Census Tract 15, with respective values of $92,500 and $86,209.

In 2022, 11.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Kanawha County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.46%.

Property

$118,200
Median Property Value 2021
±$3,819
$53,780
Median Property Taxes
±$1,713

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kanawha County, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.9%
Homeownership
2021
65.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 69.9% of the housing units in Kanawha County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 19.01
  2. Census Tract 19.02
  3. Census Tract 15

In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kanawha County, WV was Census Tract 19.01 with a value of $106,007, followed by Census Tract 19.02 and Census Tract 15, with respective values of $92,500 and $86,209.

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

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Household Income

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$50,574
Median Household Income
± $1,871
76.9k
Number of Households
± 2,198

In 2021, the median household income of the 76.9k households in Kanawha County, WV grew to $50,574 from the previous year's value of $47,122.

The following chart displays the households in Kanawha 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Kanawha County, WV is from West Virginia.
0.447
2021 Wage GINI in West Virginia
0.441
2020 Wage GINI in West Virginia

In 2021, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.447 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.26% growth from 2020 to 2021, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for West Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in West Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2021
  1. Drove Alone (80.6%)
  2. Carpooled (7.75%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.72%)

In 2021, 80.6% of workers in Kanawha County, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.75%) and those who worked at home (5.72%).

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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Commute Time

21.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kanawha County, WV have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 1.91% of the workforce in Kanawha County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 11.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Kanawha County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.46%.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kanawha County, WV (29.5k out of 179k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kanawha 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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 20.3% of the children was living in poverty in Kanawha County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 616 in Kanawha County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 117 per 100,000 population.

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94.5% of the population of Kanawha County, WV has health coverage, with 42.3% on employee plans, 23.3% on Medicaid, 16.2% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.47% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Kanawha County, WV see 736 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.272% increase from the previous year (734 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1109 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 444 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.5% were men and 52.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

736 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kanawha County, WV

Primary care physicians in Kanawha County, WV see an average of 736 patients per year. This represents a 0.272% increase from the previous year (734 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kanawha County, WV in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.4% under 18 years, 18.5% between 18 and 34 years, 39.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.5% were men and 52.5% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

5.48%
Uninsured
42.3%
Employer Coverage
23.3%
Medicaid
16.2%
Medicare
11.3%
Non-Group
1.47%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kanawha County, WV declined by 4.09% from 5.71% to 5.48%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 64.8 in Kanawha County, WV.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 39.4% in Kanawha County, WV.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.07% in Kanawha County, WV.

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