Pocahontas County, WV

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Population

8,574

0.534% decline

Median Age

48.6


Median Household Income

$37,111

3.01% growth

Poverty Rate

17.6%


Number of Employees

3,518

3.17% decline

Median Property Value

$117,200

3.72% growth

About

In 2017, Pocahontas County, WV had a population of 8.57k people with a median age of 48.6 and a median household income of $37,111. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Pocahontas County, WV declined from 8,620 to 8,574, a -0.534% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,026 to $37,111, a 3.01% increase.

The population of Pocahontas County, WV is 95.6% White Alone, 1.75% Two or More Races, and 1.55% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Pocahontas County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.5% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Pocahontas County, WV is $117,200, and the homeownership rate is 81.7%. Most people in Pocahontas County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Pocahontas 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 Pocahontas County, WV employs 3.52k people. The largest industries in Pocahontas County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (473 people), Educational Services (336 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (311 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($73,162), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,194), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,222).

Median household income in Pocahontas County, WV is $37,111. Males in Pocahontas 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 Pocahontas County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,111

2017 value

± $4,463

3.01%

1 Year Growth

± 16.8%

Households in Pocahontas County, WV have a median annual income of $37,111, 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 $36,026 in 2016, which represents a 3.01% 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 Pocahontas 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 9603

  2. Census Tract 9601.02

  3. Census Tract 9601.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pocahontas County, WV was Census Tract 9603 with a value of $41,295, followed by Census Tract 9601.02 and Census Tract 9601.01, with respective values of $39,554 and $35,179.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pocahontas County, WV (1.45k out of 8.27k 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 55 - 64, followed by Females < 5 and then Males 55 - 64.

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

    1,326 ± 162

  2. Two Or More

    100 ± 109

  3. Hispanic

    19 ± 82

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

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

3.52k

2017 Value

± 298

-3.17%

1 Year decline

± 11.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pocahontas County, WV declined at a rate of -3.17%, from 3.63k employees to 3.52k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pocahontas County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (469 people), Management Occupations (392 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (363 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pocahontas County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Pocahontas County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (469 people), Management Occupations (392 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (363 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pocahontas County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.4 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.27 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.07 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Pocahontas County, WV, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($60,673), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($60,288), and Management Occupations ($53,306).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.52k

2017 Value

± 298

-3.17%

1 Year decline

± 11.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pocahontas County, WV declined at a rate of -3.17%, from 3.63k employees to 3.52k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pocahontas County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (473 people), Educational Services (336 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (311 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pocahontas County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Pocahontas 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 Pocahontas County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (473 people), Educational Services (336 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (311 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pocahontas County, WV has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.54 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (3.85 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Pocahontas County, WV, by median earnings, are Utilities ($73,162), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,194), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,222).

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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

89.8% of the population of Pocahontas County, WV has health coverage, with 34% on employee plans, 25.3% on Medicaid, 17.7% on Medicare, 10.9% on non-group plans, and 1.87% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Pocahontas County, WV see 2152 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.646% decrease from the previous year (2166 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2834 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2834 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

2,152 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pocahontas County, WV see an average of 2,152 patients per year. This represents a 0.646% decrease from the previous year (2,166 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pocahontas 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

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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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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

10.2%

Uninsured

34%

Employer Coverage

25.3%

Medicaid

17.7%

Medicare

10.9%

Non-Group

1.87%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pocahontas County, WV declined by 24.8% from 13.6% to 10.2%.

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

Pocahontas County, WV is home to a population of 8.57k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.34% of Pocahontas County, WV residents were born outside of the country (115 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Pocahontas County, WV is composed of 8.2k White Alone residents (95.6%), 150 Two or More Races residents (1.75%), 133 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.55%), 79 Black or African American Alone residents (0.921%), 13 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.152%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

49

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

63

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 38.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Pocahontas County, WV was 48.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 49, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 63. But people in Pocahontas County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Pocahontas County, WV residents was 48.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.34%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

115 people

0.882%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

76 people

As of 2017, 1.34% of Pocahontas County, WV residents (115 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 Pocahontas County, WV was 0.882%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

99.5%

2017 Citizenship

99.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.5% of Pocahontas County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Pocahontas County, WV was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    8.2k ± 22

  2. Two or More Races

    150 ± 96.3

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    133 ± 95.1

In 2017, there were 54.7 times more White Alone residents (8.2k people) in Pocahontas County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 150 Two or More Races and 133 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 Pocahontas 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 Pocahontas 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 Pocahontas County, WV was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Pocahontas 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

    322 ± 94

  2. Korea

    73 ± 31

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    71 ± 41

Pocahontas County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.41 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pocahontas County, WV was $117,200 in 2017, which is 0.539 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $113,000 to $117,200, a 3.72% increase. The homeownership rate in Pocahontas County, WV is 81.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Pocahontas County, WV have an average commute time of 25.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Pocahontas 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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$37,111

Median Household Income

± $4,463

3.65k

Number of Households

± 290

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.65k households in Pocahontas County, WV grew to $37,111 from the previous year's value of $36,026.

The following chart displays the households in Pocahontas 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 $15k - $20k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$117,200

2017 Median

± $8,950

$113,000

2016 Median

± $7,845

In 2017, the median property value in Pocahontas County, WV grew to to $117,200 from the previous year's value of $113,000.

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

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Rent vs Own

81.7%

2017 Homeownership

80.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 81.7% of the housing units in Pocahontas County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 80.3%.

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

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Commute Time

25.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pocahontas County, WV have a longer commute time (25.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 5.09% of the workforce in Pocahontas County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.1%

  2. Carpooled

    11.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.52%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Pocahontas County, WV was Drove Alone (78.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.8%) and those who Worked At Home (6.52%).

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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