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0.67% decline
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2.93% growth
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0.13% decline
Median Property Value
2.58% growth

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The economy of Mercer County, WV employs 23,412 people. The economy of Mercer County, WV is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Management of Companies & Enterprises; and Healthcare & Social Assistance, which employ respectively 4.19; 1.54; and 1.48 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Mercer County, WV are Healthcare & Social Assistance (4,773), Retail trade (3,675), and Educational Services (2,499), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($56,193), Transportation & Warehousing ($51,946), and Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($50,139).

Median household income in Mercer County, WV is $37,255. Males in Mercer County, WV have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,875. The income inequality of Mercer County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444 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 Mercer County, WV. In Mercer County, WV the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 65 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,928. McDowell County, WV has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in West Virginia.


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Mercer County, WV is home to a population of 61,476 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Mercer County, WV is composed of 55,596 White residents (90.4%), 3,682 Black residents (5.99%), 925 Two+ residents (1.5%), 619 Hispanic residents (1.01%), and 363 Asian residents (0.59%). The most common foreign languages in Mercer County, WV are Spanish (774 speakers), French (304 speakers), and Tagalog (146 speakers), but compared to other places, Mercer County, WV has a relative high number of French (304 speakers), Urdu (57 speakers), and Other Native North American (19 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Mercer County, WV awarded 1,055 degrees. The student population of Mercer County, WV is skewed towards females, with 401 male students and 654 female students. Most students in Mercer County, WV are White (937 and 88.8%), followed by Black or African American (72 and 6.82%), Hispanic or Latino (11 and 1.04%), and American Indian (4 and 0.38%). The largest universities in Mercer County, WV by number of graduates are Concord University (530 and 50.2%), Bluefield State College (257 and 24.4%), and Mercer County Technical Education Center (232 and 22%). The most popular majors in Mercer County, WV are General Studies (127 and 12%), General Business Administration & Management (75 and 7.11%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (47 and 4.45%). The median tuition costs in Mercer County, WV are N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,080 and $15,564 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 Mercer County, WV is $87,400, which is 0.43 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $85,200 to $87,400, a 2.58% increase. The homeownership rate of Mercer County, WV is 72.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Mercer County, WV have an average commute time of 20.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Mercer County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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