Monongalia County, WV

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Population

103,715

0.864% growth

Median Age

30.9


Median Household Income

$49,624

5.45% growth

Poverty Rate

21.3%


Number of Employees

49,725

1.07% growth

Median Property Value

$178,200

4.39% growth

About

In 2017, Monongalia County, WV had a population of 104k people with a median age of 30.9 and a median household income of $49,624. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Monongalia County, WV grew from 102,827 to 103,715, a 0.864% increase and its median household income grew from $47,060 to $49,624, a 5.45% increase.

The population of Monongalia County, WV is 88.3% White Alone, 3.68% Black or African American Alone, and 3.3% Asian Alone. 5.96% of the people in Monongalia County, WV speak a non-English language, and 96.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Monongalia County, WV are West Virginia University (6,656 degrees awarded in 2016), West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown (212 degrees), and Ross Medical Education Center-Morgantown (80 degrees).

The median property value in Monongalia County, WV is $178,200, and the homeownership rate is 57.7%. Most people in Monongalia County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Monongalia 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 Monongalia County, WV employs 49.7k people. The largest industries in Monongalia County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,062 people), Educational Services (8,760 people), and Retail Trade (5,329 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,318), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($64,444), and Manufacturing ($55,914).

Median household income in Monongalia County, WV is $49,624. Males in Monongalia 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 Monongalia County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,624

2017 value

± $2,134

5.45%

1 Year Growth

± 6.01%

Households in Monongalia County, WV have a median annual income of $49,624, 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 $47,060 in 2016, which represents a 5.45% 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 Monongalia 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 Monongalia 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 Monongalia 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 118.06

  2. Census Tract 119

  3. Census Tract 109.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Monongalia County, WV was Census Tract 118.06 with a value of $81,375, followed by Census Tract 119 and Census Tract 109.02, with respective values of $74,185 and $72,940.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Monongalia County, WV (20.8k out of 97.4k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    17,688 ± 988

  2. Black

    1,052 ± 282

  3. Two Or More

    832 ± 251

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

Employment by Occupations

49.7k

2017 Value

± 1,557

1.07%

1 Year growth

± 4.43%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Monongalia County, WV grew at a rate of 1.07%, from 49.2k employees to 49.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Monongalia County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,221 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,470 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (4,442 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Monongalia County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Monongalia County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,221 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,470 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (4,442 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Monongalia County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.01 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.85 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.58 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Monongalia County, WV, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,066), Management Occupations ($66,978), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($58,430).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

49.7k

2017 Value

± 1,557

1.07%

1 Year growth

± 4.43%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Monongalia County, WV grew at a rate of 1.07%, from 49.2k employees to 49.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Monongalia County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,062 people), Educational Services (8,760 people), and Retail Trade (5,329 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Monongalia County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Monongalia 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 Monongalia County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,062 people), Educational Services (8,760 people), and Retail Trade (5,329 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Monongalia County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (6.3 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.9 times), and Utilities (1.71 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Monongalia County, WV, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,318), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($64,444), and Manufacturing ($55,914).

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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% of the population of Monongalia County, WV has health coverage, with 59.3% on employee plans, 11.9% on Medicaid, 9.02% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 1.3% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Monongalia County, WV see 808 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.859% decrease from the previous year (815 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 865 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 443 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

808 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Monongalia County, WV see an average of 808 patients per year. This represents a 0.859% decrease from the previous year (815 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

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

7.02%

Uninsured

59.3%

Employer Coverage

11.9%

Medicaid

9.02%

Medicare

11.5%

Non-Group

1.3%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Monongalia County, WV declined by 19.3% from 8.7% to 7.02%.

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

Monongalia County, WV is home to a population of 104k people, from which 96.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.57% of Monongalia County, WV residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Monongalia County, WV is composed of 91.6k White Alone residents (88.3%), 3.82k Black or African American Alone residents (3.68%), 3.42k Asian Alone residents (3.3%), 2.24k Two or More Races residents (2.16%), 2.16k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.08%), 331 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.319%), 127 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.122%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Monongalia County, WV are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,412 speakers), Chinese (1,041 speakers), and Persian (560 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

30

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Monongalia County, WV was 30.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 30. But people in Monongalia County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Monongalia County, WV residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.57%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.41%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5.57% of Monongalia 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 Monongalia County, WV was 5.41%, 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 Monongalia County, WV was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 Monongalia County, WV residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

96.3%

2017 Citizenship

96.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.3% of Monongalia County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Monongalia County, WV was 96.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    91.6k ± 276

  2. Black or African American Alone

    3.82k ± 230

  3. Asian Alone

    3.42k ± 199

In 2017, there were 24 times more White Alone residents (91.6k people) in Monongalia County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.82k Black or African American Alone and 3.42k Asian Alone 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

    1,412 speakers (1.46%)

  2. Chinese

    1,041 speakers (1.08%)

  3. Persian

    560 speakers (0.579%)

5.96% of Monongalia 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 Monongalia County, WV was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.46% of the overall population of Monongalia County, WV are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.08% speak Chinese and 0.579% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,685 ± 214

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    829 ± 190

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    736 ± 161

Monongalia County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.03 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Monongalia County, WV awarded 7,074 degrees. The student population of Monongalia County, WV is skewed towards men, with 14,805 male students and 14,444 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Monongalia County, WV are White (5,858 and 88.3%), followed by Black or African American (242 and 3.65%), Hispanic or Latino (201 and 3.03%), and Two or More Races (160 and 2.41%).

The largest universities in Monongalia County, WV by number of degrees awarded are West Virginia University (6,656 and 94.1%), West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown (212 and 3%), and Ross Medical Education Center-Morgantown (80 and 1.13%).

The most popular majors in Monongalia County, WV are Other Multidisciplinary Studies (378 and 5.34%), Registered Nursing (261 and 3.69%), and Journalism (252 and 3.56%).

The median tuition costs in Monongalia County, WV are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,992 and $22,488 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 233 degrees awarded

  2. 378 degrees awarded

  3. 244 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Monongalia County, WV was Sociology with 233 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 6,656 degrees awarded

  2. 212 degrees awarded

  3. 80 degrees awarded

$7,992

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Monongalia County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Virginia University with 6,656 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,305

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,769

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,305 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Monongalia County, WV, which is 0.877 times less than the 3,769 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,858 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    242 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    201 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Monongalia County, WV were to White students. These 5,858 degrees mean that there were 24.2 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 242 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Monongalia County, WV was $178,200 in 2017, which is 0.819 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $170,700 to $178,200, a 4.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Monongalia County, WV is 57.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Monongalia County, WV have an average commute time of 19.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Monongalia 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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$49,624

Median Household Income

± $2,134

38.4k

Number of Households

± 1,244

In 2017, the median household income of the 38.4k households in Monongalia County, WV grew to $49,624 from the previous year's value of $47,060.

The following chart displays the households in Monongalia 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

$178,200

2017 Median

± $6,435

$170,700

2016 Median

± $3,694

In 2017, the median property value in Monongalia County, WV grew to to $178,200 from the previous year's value of $170,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Monongalia 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 Monongalia County, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

57.7%

2017 Homeownership

57.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.7% of the housing units in Monongalia County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 57.6%.

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

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Commute Time

19.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Monongalia County, WV have a shorter commute time (19.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.83% of the workforce in Monongalia County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76%

  2. Carpooled

    8.86%

  3. Walked

    6.16%

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

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