Mason County, WV

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Population

27,000

0.222% decline

Median Age

44


Median Household Income

$38,977

4.43% growth

Poverty Rate

19.3%


Number of Employees

9,259

2.45% growth

Median Property Value

$78,300

1.82% growth

About

In 2017, Mason County, WV had a population of 27k people with a median age of 44 and a median household income of $38,977. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Mason County, WV declined from 27,060 to 27,000, a -0.222% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,322 to $38,977, a 4.43% increase.

The population of Mason County, WV is 96.8% White Alone, 1.86% Two or More Races, and 0.648% Hispanic or Latino. 1.03% of the people in Mason County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Mason County, WV is $78,300, and the homeownership rate is 77.5%. Most people in Mason County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 31.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Mason County, WV is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Mason County, WV employs 9.26k people. The largest industries in Mason County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,867 people), Manufacturing (1,424 people), and Retail Trade (996 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($91,500), Information ($83,056), and Utilities ($71,589).

Median household income in Mason County, WV is $38,977. Males in Mason 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 Mason County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,977

2017 value

± $3,951

4.43%

1 Year Growth

± 13.2%

Households in Mason County, WV have a median annual income of $38,977, 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 $37,322 in 2016, which represents a 4.43% 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 Mason County, 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 Mason County, 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 Mason 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 9549

  2. Census Tract 9548.02

  3. Census Tract 9550

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mason County, WV was Census Tract 9549 with a value of $44,841, followed by Census Tract 9548.02 and Census Tract 9550, with respective values of $36,894 and $36,250.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mason County, WV (5.07k out of 26.2k 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 Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,972 ± 514

  2. Two Or More

    73 ± 106

  3. Black

    26 ± 111

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Mason 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

9.26k

2017 Value

± 739

2.45%

1 Year growth

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mason County, WV grew at a rate of 2.45%, from 9.04k employees to 9.26k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mason County, WV, are Production Occupations (1,131 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (985 people), and Transportation Occupations (806 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mason County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mason County, WV, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,131 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (985 people), and Transportation Occupations (806 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mason County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Transportation Occupations (2.39 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.15 times), and Production Occupations (2.11 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mason County, WV, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($120,263), Legal Occupations ($96,618), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($90,139).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.26k

2017 Value

± 739

2.45%

1 Year growth

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mason County, WV grew at a rate of 2.45%, from 9.04k employees to 9.26k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mason County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,867 people), Manufacturing (1,424 people), and Retail Trade (996 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mason County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Mason 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 Mason County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,867 people), Manufacturing (1,424 people), and Retail Trade (996 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mason County, WV has an unusually high number of Utilities (5.34 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.56 times), and Manufacturing (1.52 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mason County, WV, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($91,500), Information ($83,056), and Utilities ($71,589).

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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

93.6% of the population of Mason County, WV has health coverage, with 41.3% on employee plans, 23% on Medicaid, 17.1% on Medicare, 9.75% on non-group plans, and 2.5% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Mason County, WV see 1802 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0555% increase from the previous year (1801 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3353 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 6706 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

1,802 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Mason County, WV see an average of 1,802 patients per year. This represents a 0.0555% increase from the previous year (1,801 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%).

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Access and Quality

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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

6.36%

Uninsured

41.3%

Employer Coverage

23%

Medicaid

17.1%

Medicare

9.75%

Non-Group

2.5%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mason County, WV declined by 16.1% from 7.58% to 6.36%.

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

Mason County, WV is home to a population of 27k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.67% of Mason County, WV residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Mason County, WV is composed of 26.1k White Alone residents (96.8%), 502 Two or More Races residents (1.86%), 175 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.648%), 86 Black or African American Alone residents (0.319%), 38 Asian Alone residents (0.141%), 26 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0963%), 25 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0926%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Mason County, WV are Spanish or Spanish Creole (108 speakers), German (70 speakers), and Korean (26 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 18.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Mason County, WV was 44. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Mason County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Mason County, WV residents was 44.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.67%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.65%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.67% of Mason County, 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 Mason County, WV was 0.65%, 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 Mason County, WV was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 Mason County, WV residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

99.6%

2017 Citizenship

99.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.6% of Mason County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Mason County, WV was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    26.1k ± 41

  2. Two or More Races

    502 ± 165

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    175 ± 59.4

In 2017, there were 52.1 times more White Alone residents (26.1k people) in Mason County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 502 Two or More Races and 175 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

    108 speakers (0.42%)

  2. German

    70 speakers (0.272%)

  3. Korean

    26 speakers (0.101%)

1.03% of Mason County, 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 Mason County, WV was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.42% of the overall population of Mason County, WV are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.272% speak German and 0.101% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    975 ± 208

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    299 ± 131

  3. Korea

    169 ± 84

Mason County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.26 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mason County, WV was $78,300 in 2017, which is 0.36 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $76,900 to $78,300, a 1.82% increase. The homeownership rate in Mason County, WV is 77.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Mason County, WV have an average commute time of 31.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Mason 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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$38,977

Median Household Income

± $3,951

11.1k

Number of Households

± 772

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.1k households in Mason County, WV grew to $38,977 from the previous year's value of $37,322.

The following chart displays the households in Mason 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$78,300

2017 Median

± $3,510

$76,900

2016 Median

± $3,415

In 2017, the median property value in Mason County, WV grew to to $78,300 from the previous year's value of $76,900.

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

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Rent vs Own

77.5%

2017 Homeownership

78.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.5% of the housing units in Mason County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 78.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Mason 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 Mason County, WV distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Mason County, WV have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

31.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mason County, WV have a longer commute time (31.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 5.29% of the workforce in Mason County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.8%

  2. Carpooled

    10.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    1.73%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Mason County, WV was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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