Raleigh County, WV

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Population

77,097

1.22% decline

Median Age

42


Median Household Income

$42,386

2.05% growth

Poverty Rate

17.6%


Number of Employees

28,925

0.09% growth

Median Property Value

$105,700

0.19% growth

About

In 2017, Raleigh County, WV had a population of 77.1k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $42,386. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Raleigh County, WV declined from 78,051 to 77,097, a -1.22% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,533 to $42,386, a 2.05% increase.

The population of Raleigh County, WV is 87% White Alone, 7.78% Black or African American Alone, and 1.59% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Raleigh County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Raleigh County, WV are New River Community and Technical College (318 degrees awarded in 2016), Valley College-Beckley (230 degrees), and Academy of Careers and Technology (98 degrees).

The median property value in Raleigh County, WV is $105,700, and the homeownership rate is 73.2%. Most people in Raleigh County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Raleigh 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 Raleigh County, WV employs 28.9k people. The largest industries in Raleigh County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,651 people), Retail Trade (3,857 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,902 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,953), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($71,741), and Wholesale Trade ($50,453).

Median household income in Raleigh County, WV is $42,386. Males in Raleigh 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 Raleigh County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,386

2017 value

± $1,910

2.05%

1 Year Growth

± 5.94%

Households in Raleigh County, WV have a median annual income of $42,386, 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 $41,533 in 2016, which represents a 2.05% 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.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in West Virginia by number of full-time 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 Raleigh 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 8.03

  2. Census Tract 5

  3. Census Tract 8.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Raleigh County, WV was Census Tract 8.03 with a value of $71,375, followed by Census Tract 5 and Census Tract 8.02, with respective values of $58,022 and $51,930.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Raleigh County, WV (13k out of 73.8k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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

    11,053 ± 779

  2. Black

    1,365 ± 285

  3. Hispanic

    262 ± 194

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Raleigh County, WV is White, followed by Black 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

28.9k

2017 Value

± 1,257

0.09%

1 Year growth

± 6.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Raleigh County, WV grew at a rate of 0.09%, from 28.9k employees to 28.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Raleigh County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,786 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,679 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,720 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Raleigh County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Raleigh County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,786 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,679 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,720 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Raleigh County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.89 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.89 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.55 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Raleigh County, WV, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($91,083), Legal Occupations ($70,568), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,903).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

28.9k

2017 Value

± 1,257

0.09%

1 Year growth

± 6.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Raleigh County, WV grew at a rate of 0.09%, from 28.9k employees to 28.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Raleigh County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,651 people), Retail Trade (3,857 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,902 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Raleigh County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Raleigh 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 Raleigh County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,651 people), Retail Trade (3,857 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,902 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Raleigh County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (14.8 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.9 times), and Public Administration (1.44 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Raleigh County, WV, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,953), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($71,741), and Wholesale Trade ($50,453).

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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

90.7% of the population of Raleigh County, WV has health coverage, with 37.6% on employee plans, 23.5% on Medicaid, 15.7% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 3.35% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Raleigh County, WV see 1062 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.82% increase from the previous year (1043 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1563 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 774 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

1,062 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Raleigh County, WV see an average of 1,062 patients per year. This represents a 1.82% increase from the previous year (1,043 patients).

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

9.34%

Uninsured

37.6%

Employer Coverage

23.5%

Medicaid

15.7%

Medicare

10.5%

Non-Group

3.35%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Raleigh County, WV declined by 14.6% from 10.9% to 9.34%.

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

Raleigh County, WV is home to a population of 77.1k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.7% of Raleigh County, WV residents were born outside of the country (1.31k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Raleigh County, WV is composed of 67k White Alone residents (87%), 6k Black or African American Alone residents (7.78%), 1.23k Two or More Races residents (1.59%), 1.21k Hispanic or Latino residents (1.57%), 763 Asian Alone residents (0.99%), 429 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.556%), 341 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.442%), and 86 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.112%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Raleigh County, WV was 42. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Raleigh County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Raleigh County, WV residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.31k people

1.68%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.31k people

As of 2017, 1.7% of Raleigh County, WV residents (1.31k 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 Raleigh County, WV was 1.68%, 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%

2017 Citizenship

99.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99% of Raleigh County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Raleigh County, WV was 99.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    67k ± 260

  2. Black or African American Alone

    6k ± 265

  3. Two or More Races

    1.23k ± 277

In 2017, there were 11.2 times more White Alone residents (67k people) in Raleigh County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6k Black or African American Alone and 1.23k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Raleigh 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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh County, WV was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Raleigh 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

    2,257 ± 274

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,025 ± 227

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    919 ± 237

Raleigh County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Raleigh County, WV awarded 694 degrees. The student population of Raleigh County, WV is skewed towards women, with 915 male students and 1,363 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Raleigh County, WV are White (636 and 91.6%), followed by Black or African American (45 and 6.48%), Two or More Races (5 and 0.72%), and Asian (4 and 0.576%).

The largest universities in Raleigh County, WV by number of degrees awarded are New River Community and Technical College (318 and 45.8%), Valley College-Beckley (230 and 33.1%), and Academy of Careers and Technology (98 and 14.1%).

The most popular majors in Raleigh County, WV are Medical Assistant (69 and 9.94%), General Studies (67 and 9.65%), and Other Science Technologies (67 and 9.65%).

The median tuition costs in Raleigh County, WV are $12,380 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 57 degrees awarded

  2. 55 degrees awarded

  3. 61 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Raleigh County, WV was Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training with 57 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Raleigh County, WV according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 318 degrees awarded

  2. 230 degrees awarded

  3. 98 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$12,380

Median Private

In 2016, the Raleigh County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was New River Community and Technical College with 318 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

204

Degrees Awarded to Men

490

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 204 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Raleigh County, WV, which is 0.416 times less than the 490 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Raleigh County, WV by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    636 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    45 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    5 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Raleigh County, WV were to White students. These 636 degrees mean that there were 14.1 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 45 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Raleigh 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 $105,500 to $105,700, a 0.19% increase. The homeownership rate in Raleigh County, WV is 73.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Raleigh County, WV have an average commute time of 23.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Raleigh 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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$42,386

Median Household Income

± $1,910

31.1k

Number of Households

± 1,237

In 2017, the median household income of the 31.1k households in Raleigh County, WV grew to $42,386 from the previous year's value of $41,533.

The following chart displays the households in Raleigh 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

± $4,318

$105,500

2016 Median

± $4,990

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

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

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Rent vs Own

73.2%

2017 Homeownership

72.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.2% of the housing units in Raleigh County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.6%.

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

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Commute Time

23.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Raleigh County, WV have a shorter commute time (23.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.39% of the workforce in Raleigh County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.5%

  2. Carpooled

    9.75%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.64%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Raleigh County, WV was Drove Alone (82.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.75%) and those who Worked At Home (3.64%).

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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