Roane County, WV

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Population

14,348

1.14% decline

Median Age

44.8


Median Household Income

$37,931

11.1% growth

Poverty Rate

19.3%


Number of Employees

4,752

4.19% growth

Median Property Value

$92,700

5.34% growth

About

In 2017, Roane County, WV had a population of 14.3k people with a median age of 44.8 and a median household income of $37,931. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Roane County, WV declined from 14,513 to 14,348, a -1.14% decrease and its median household income grew from $34,144 to $37,931, a 11.1% increase.

The population of Roane County, WV is 97% White Alone, 1.59% Two or More Races, and 0.99% Hispanic or Latino. 1.35% of the people in Roane County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.8% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Roane County, WV is $92,700, and the homeownership rate is 79.4%. Most people in Roane County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Roane County, WV is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Roane County, WV employs 4.75k people. The largest industries in Roane County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (968 people), Retail Trade (591 people), and Construction (519 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($52,115), Construction ($49,738), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,250).

Median household income in Roane County, WV is $37,931. Males in Roane 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 Roane County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,931

2017 value

± $3,412

11.1%

1 Year Growth

± 13.9%

Households in Roane County, WV have a median annual income of $37,931, 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 $34,144 in 2016, which represents a 11.1% 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 Roane 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 Roane 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 Roane 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 9628

  2. Census Tract 9631

  3. Census Tract 9629

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Roane County, WV was Census Tract 9628 with a value of $39,539, followed by Census Tract 9631 and Census Tract 9629, with respective values of $33,657 and $32,636.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Roane County, WV (2.71k out of 14k 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 25 - 34 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

    2,556 ± 257

  2. Two Or More

    116 ± 87

  3. Hispanic

    76 ± 81

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

4.75k

2017 Value

± 373

4.19%

1 Year growth

± 10.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Roane County, WV grew at a rate of 4.19%, from 4.56k employees to 4.75k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Roane County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (606 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (535 people), and Management Occupations (465 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Roane County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Roane County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (606 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (535 people), and Management Occupations (465 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Roane County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.26 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.77 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Roane County, WV, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($58,517), Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($57,241), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($46,346).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.75k

2017 Value

± 373

4.19%

1 Year growth

± 10.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Roane County, WV grew at a rate of 4.19%, from 4.56k employees to 4.75k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Roane County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (968 people), Retail Trade (591 people), and Construction (519 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Roane County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Roane 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 Roane County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (968 people), Retail Trade (591 people), and Construction (519 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Roane County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (13 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.68 times), and Construction (1.74 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Roane County, WV, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($52,115), Construction ($49,738), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,250).

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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

93.8% of the population of Roane County, WV has health coverage, with 33.5% on employee plans, 29.8% on Medicaid, 17.4% on Medicare, 9.63% on non-group plans, and 3.49% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Roane County, WV see 2062 patients per year on average, which represents a 15.6% decrease from the previous year (2444 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3552 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1421 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

2062 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Roane County, WV see an average of 2062 patients per year. This represents a 15.6% decrease from the previous year (2444 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

6.17%

Uninsured

33.5%

Employer Coverage

29.8%

Medicaid

17.4%

Medicare

9.63%

Non-Group

3.49%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Roane County, WV declined by 29.8% from 8.79% to 6.17%.

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

Roane County, WV is home to a population of 14.3k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.516% of Roane County, WV residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Roane County, WV is composed of 13.9k White Alone residents (97%), 228 Two or More Races residents (1.59%), 142 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.99%), 22 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.153%), 20 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.139%), 13 Asian Alone residents (0.0906%), 7 Black or African American Alone residents (0.0488%), and 1 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00697%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Roane County, WV are Spanish or Spanish Creole (129 speakers), Russian (14 speakers), and Arabic (14 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

58

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 25.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Roane County, WV was 44.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 58. But people in Roane County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Roane County, WV residents was 44.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.516%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.496%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.516% of Roane 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 Roane County, WV was 0.496%, 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 Roane County, WV was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 Roane County, WV residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

99.8%

2017 Citizenship

99.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.8% of Roane County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Roane County, WV was 99.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    13.9k ± 32

  2. Two or More Races

    228 ± 29.2

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    142 ± 62.1

In 2017, there were 61 times more White Alone residents (13.9k people) in Roane County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 228 Two or More Races and 142 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 Roane County, WV as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    129 speakers (0.932%)

  2. Russian

    14 speakers (0.101%)

  3. Arabic

    14 speakers (0.101%)

1.35% of Roane 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 Roane County, WV was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.932% of the overall population of Roane County, WV are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.101% speak Russian and 0.101% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    482 ± 98

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    130 ± 60

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    105 ± 66

Roane County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Roane County, WV was $92,700 in 2017, which is 0.426 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $88,000 to $92,700, a 5.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Roane County, WV is 79.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Roane County, WV have an average commute time of 30.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Roane 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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$37,931

Median Household Income

± $3,412

5.82k

Number of Households

± 410

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.82k households in Roane County, WV grew to $37,931 from the previous year's value of $34,144.

The following chart displays the households in Roane 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

$92,700

2017 Median

± $7,407

$88,000

2016 Median

± $4,249

In 2017, the median property value in Roane County, WV grew to to $92,700 from the previous year's value of $88,000.

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

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Rent vs Own

79.4%

2017 Homeownership

78.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 79.4% of the housing units in Roane County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 78.4%.

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

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Commute Time

30.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Roane County, WV have a longer commute time (30.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 6.04% of the workforce in Roane County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.2%

  2. Carpooled

    12.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.81%

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

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