Monroe County, WV

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Population

13,517

0.156% growth

Median Age

47.7


Median Household Income

$36,684

1.91% growth

Poverty Rate

17.2%


Number of Employees

5,215

3.14% growth

Median Property Value

$105,700

3.12% growth

About

In 2017, Monroe County, WV had a population of 13.5k people with a median age of 47.7 and a median household income of $36,684. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Monroe County, WV grew from 13,496 to 13,517, a 0.156% increase and its median household income grew from $35,995 to $36,684, a 1.91% increase.

The population of Monroe County, WV is 96.3% White Alone, 1.27% Two or More Races, and 1.25% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Monroe County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.8% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Monroe County, WV is $105,700, and the homeownership rate is 80.3%. Most people in Monroe County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Monroe County, WV is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Monroe County, WV employs 5.22k people. The largest industries in Monroe County, WV are Manufacturing (895 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (792 people), and Retail Trade (619 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($44,797), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($38,806), and Utilities ($37,083).

Median household income in Monroe County, WV is $36,684. Males in Monroe 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 Monroe County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$36,684

2017 value

± $3,303

1.91%

1 Year Growth

± 11.7%

Households in Monroe County, WV have a median annual income of $36,684, 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 $35,995 in 2016, which represents a 1.91% 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 Monroe 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 9503

  2. Census Tract 9501

  3. Census Tract 9502

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Monroe County, WV was Census Tract 9503 with a value of $42,737, followed by Census Tract 9501 and Census Tract 9502, with respective values of $40,696 and $30,531.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Monroe County, WV (2.3k out of 13.4k 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 Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 45 - 54.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    2,171 ± 293

  2. Two Or More

    108 ± 151

  3. Native American

    12 ± 90

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Monroe County, WV is White, followed by Two Or More and Native American.

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

5.22k

2017 Value

± 478

3.14%

1 Year growth

± 12.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Monroe County, WV grew at a rate of 3.14%, from 5.06k employees to 5.22k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Monroe County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (858 people), Management Occupations (522 people), and Production Occupations (507 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Monroe County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Monroe County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (858 people), Management Occupations (522 people), and Production Occupations (507 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Monroe County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.81 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.71 times), and Production Occupations (1.68 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Monroe County, WV, by median earnings, are Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($83,938), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($69,028), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($67,994).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.22k

2017 Value

± 478

3.14%

1 Year growth

± 12.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Monroe County, WV grew at a rate of 3.14%, from 5.06k employees to 5.22k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Monroe County, WV, are Manufacturing (895 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (792 people), and Retail Trade (619 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Monroe County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Monroe 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 Monroe County, WV, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (895 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (792 people), and Retail Trade (619 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Monroe County, WV has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.41 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4.08 times), and Utilities (1.95 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Monroe County, WV, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($44,797), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($38,806), and Utilities ($37,083).

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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 ($7.3B) and Pharmaceuticals ($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

90.4% of the population of Monroe County, WV has health coverage, with 37.9% on employee plans, 20.5% on Medicaid, 19.6% on Medicare, 9.68% on non-group plans, and 2.69% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Monroe County, WV see 2251 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.574% decrease from the previous year (2264 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 6685 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2674 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

2,251 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Monroe County, WV see an average of 2,251 patients per year. This represents a 0.574% decrease from the previous year (2,264 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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

9.65%

Uninsured

37.9%

Employer Coverage

20.5%

Medicaid

19.6%

Medicare

9.68%

Non-Group

2.69%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Monroe County, WV declined by 10.2% from 10.7% to 9.65%.

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

Monroe County, WV is home to a population of 13.5k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.407% of Monroe County, WV residents were born outside of the country (55 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Monroe County, WV is composed of 13k White Alone residents (96.3%), 171 Two or More Races residents (1.27%), 169 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.25%), 87 Black or African American Alone residents (0.644%), 72 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.533%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Monroe County, WV are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

48

Median Native-Born Age

± 1

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Monroe County, WV was 47.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 48, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Monroe County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Monroe County, WV residents was 47.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.407%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

55 people

0.489%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

66 people

As of 2017, 0.407% of Monroe County, WV residents (55 people) 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 Monroe County, WV was 0.489%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 West Virginia residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

99.8%

2017 Citizenship

99.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.8% of Monroe County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Monroe County, WV was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    13k ± 32

  2. Two or More Races

    171 ± 125

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    169 ± 148

In 2017, there were 76.1 times more White Alone residents (13k people) in Monroe County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 171 Two or More Races and 169 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Monroe County, WV as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Monroe County, WV citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Monroe County, WV was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Monroe County, WV are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    450 ± 122

  2. Korea

    165 ± 84

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    113 ± 63

Monroe County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Monroe County, WV was $105,700 in 2017, which is 0.486 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $102,500 to $105,700, a 3.12% increase. The homeownership rate in Monroe County, WV is 80.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Monroe County, WV have an average commute time of 29.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Monroe 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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$36,684

Median Household Income

± $3,303

5.82k

Number of Households

± 479

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.82k households in Monroe County, WV grew to $36,684 from the previous year's value of $35,995.

The following chart displays the households in Monroe 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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Housing

Property Value

$105,700

2017 Median

± $8,047

$102,500

2016 Median

± $7,656

In 2017, the median property value in Monroe County, WV grew to to $105,700 from the previous year's value of $102,500.

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

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Rent vs Own

80.3%

2017 Homeownership

78.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 80.3% of the housing units in Monroe County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 78.7%.

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

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Commute Time

29.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Monroe County, WV have a longer commute time (29.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.97% of the workforce in Monroe County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.3%

  2. Carpooled

    9.97%

  3. Walked

    3.38%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Monroe County, WV was Drove Alone (83.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.97%) and those who Walked (3.38%).

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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