Roanoke, VA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2019 Population
312,796
0.547% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
42.9
0.464% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
12.9%
4.37% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$60,471
9.65% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$191,800
7.57% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
150,659
2.07% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Roanoke, VA had a population of 313k people with a median age of 42.9 and a median household income of $60,471. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Roanoke, VA declined from 314,515 to 312,796, a −0.547% decrease and its median household income grew from $55,151 to $60,471, a 9.65% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Roanoke, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (13.9%), White (Hispanic) (2.58%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.32%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.19%). 0% of the households in Roanoke, VA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

97.9% of the residents in Roanoke, VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Roanoke, VA are Virginia Western Community College (1,210 degrees awarded in 2019), Roanoke College (474 degrees), and Radford University-Carilion (417 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Roanoke, VA was $191,800, and the homeownership rate was 69.3%. Most people in Roanoke, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Roanoke, VA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Roanoke, VA is home to a population of 313k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 9.97% of Roanoke, VA residents were born outside of the country (31.2k people).

In 2019, there were 5.57 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (241k people) in Roanoke, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 8.06k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Roanoke, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    241k ± 1.7k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    43.4k ± 2.25k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    8.06k ± 1.75k
4.08%
Hispanic Population
12.8k people

In 2019, there were 5.57 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (241k people) in Roanoke, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 8.06k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.08% of the people in Roanoke, VA are hispanic (12.8k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Roanoke, VA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.97%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
31.2k people
4.81%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
15.1k people

As of 2019, 9.97% of Roanoke, VA residents (31.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Roanoke, VA was 4.81%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

43
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.9
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 7.3

In 2019, the median age of all people in Roanoke, VA was 42.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Roanoke, VA are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Roanoke, VA residents was 43.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    111,540 ± 8,146 people
  2. India
    96,096 ± 7,568 people
  3. Mexico
    68,799 ± 6,414 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 111,540 Virginia residents, followed by India with 96,096 and Mexico with 68,799.

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Citizenship

97.9%
2019 Citizenship
97.2%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 97.9% of Roanoke, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Roanoke, VA was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    8,722 ± 1,339
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    4,449 ± 1,471
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,382 ± 1,202

Roanoke, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.96 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Virginia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Virginia (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Virginia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Roanoke, VA is $60,471. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Roanoke, VA was Loudoun County, VA with a value of $151,800, followed by Fairfax County, VA and Arlington County, VA, with respective values of $128,374 and $119,755.

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,323. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Roanoke, VA employs 151k people. The largest industries in Roanoke, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,915 people), Retail Trade (18,871 people), and Manufacturing (18,060 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($59,053), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($57,712), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($56,127).

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,471
2019 value
± $2,722
9.65%
1 Year Growth
± 6.7%

Households in Roanoke, VA have a median annual income of $60,471, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $55,151 in 2018, which represents a 9.65% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,913
Average Male Salary in Virginia
± $1,401
$59,323
Average Female Salary in Virginia
± $1,060

In 2019, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in 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 in Virginia
  1. Asian
    $74,701 ± $3,428
  2. American Indian
    $65,566 ± $18,412
  3. White
    $64,927 ± $1,028

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than American Indian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Virginia.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Virginia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Roanoke, VA is from Virginia.
0.476
2019 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.48
2018 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2019, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.476 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.752% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in 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)

In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Roanoke, VA was Loudoun County, VA with a value of $151,800, followed by Fairfax County, VA and Arlington County, VA, with respective values of $128,374 and $119,755.

The following map shows all of the counties in Roanoke, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Roanoke, VA (39.1k out of 304k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 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
    24,596 ± 1,201
  2. Black
    11,395 ± 879
  3. Hispanic
    2,320 ± 423

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Roanoke, VA 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

151k
2019 Value
± 7,180
2.07%
1 Year growth
± 6.38%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Roanoke, VA grew at a rate of 2.07%, from 148k employees to 151k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Roanoke, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (19,795 people), Sales & Related Occupations (16,379 people), and Management Occupations (14,342 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Roanoke, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Roanoke, VA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (19,795 people), Sales & Related Occupations (16,379 people), and Management Occupations (14,342 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Roanoke, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.48 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.44 times), and Production Occupations (1.27 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Roanoke, VA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($87,929), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,134), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($69,729).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

151k
2019 Value
± 7,180
2.07%
1 Year growth
± 6.38%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Roanoke, VA grew at a rate of 2.07%, from 148k employees to 151k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Roanoke, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,915 people), Retail Trade (18,871 people), and Manufacturing (18,060 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Roanoke, VA, though some of these residents may live in Roanoke, VA 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 Roanoke, VA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,915 people), Retail Trade (18,871 people), and Manufacturing (18,060 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Roanoke, VA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.24 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.23 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Roanoke, VA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($59,053), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($57,712), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($56,127).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $35.1B
  2. $31.5B
  3. $30.5B

In 2018, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $35.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($31.5B) and Electronics ($30.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$307B
2018 Value in Virginia
$648B
Projected 2045 Value in Virginia
111% growth

In 2018, total outbound Virginia trade was $307B. This is expected to increase 111% to $648B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound 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 Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $21.8B
  2. $20B
  3. $11.7B

In 2018, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $21.8B, followed by North Carolina with $20B and Pennsylvania and $11.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Virginia went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 49.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (44.4%), followed by Gary Johnson (2.97%). The most partisan county was Petersburg city, VA with 87.2% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Virginia
49.8% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Virginia
  1. 87.2% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 82% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Virginia was Petersburg city, VA with 87.2% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Virginia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Roanoke, VA awarded 3,022 degrees. The student population of Roanoke, VA is skewed towards women, with 4,322 male students and 6,742 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Roanoke, VA are White (2,208 and 74.2%), followed by Black or African American (350 and 11.8%), Two or More Races (136 and 4.57%), and Unknown (117 and 3.93%).

The largest universities in Roanoke, VA by number of degrees awarded are Virginia Western Community College (1,210 and 40%), Roanoke College (474 and 15.7%), and Radford University-Carilion (417 and 13.8%).

The most popular majors in Roanoke, VA are General Business Administration & Management (234 and 7.74%), Registered Nursing (176 and 5.82%), and Medical Assistant (161 and 5.33%).

The median tuition costs in Roanoke, VA are $39,360 for private four year colleges, and $7,922 and $19,557 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 71 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 112 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 108 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Roanoke, VA was General Psychology with 71 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,210 degrees awarded
  2. 474 degrees awarded
  3. 417 degrees awarded
$7,922
Median In-State Public
$39,360
Median Private

In 2019, the Roanoke, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Virginia Western Community College with 1,210 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

994
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,028
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 994 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Roanoke, VA, which is 0.49 times less than the 2,028 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Roanoke, VA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,208 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    350 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    136 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Roanoke, VA was White students. These 2,208 degrees mean that there were 6.31 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 350 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Roanoke, VA was $191,800 in 2019, which is 0.798 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $178,300 to $191,800, a 7.57% increase. The homeownership rate in Roanoke, VA is 69.3%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Roanoke, VA have an average commute time of 23.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Roanoke, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$191,800
2019 Median
± $5,717
$178,300
2018 Median
± $6,794

In 2019, the median property value in Roanoke, VA grew to to $191,800 from the previous year's value of $178,300.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$60,471
Median Household Income
± $2,722
126k
Number of Households
± 6,067

In 2019, the median household income of the 126k households in Roanoke, VA grew to $60,471 from the previous year's value of $55,151.

The following chart displays the households in Roanoke, VA 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Roanoke, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Roanoke, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.3%
2019 Homeownership
67.5%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 69.3% of the housing units in Roanoke, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Roanoke, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Roanoke, VA have a shorter commute time (23.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 1.94% of the workforce in Roanoke, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (81.6%)
  2. Worked At Home (7.27%)
  3. Carpooled (6.21%)

In 2018, 81.6% of workers in Roanoke, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (7.27%) and those who carpooled to work (6.21%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Roanoke, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Roanoke, VA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

93.1% of the population of Roanoke, VA has health coverage, with 50.8% on employee plans, 13.4% on Medicaid, 16.6% on Medicare, 10.3% on non-group plans, and 1.91% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Virginia was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Virginia see 1325 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.455% increase from the previous year (1319 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1409 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 531 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes (22.5%). Additionally, King and Queen County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,325 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Virginia

Primary care physicians in Virginia see an average of 1,325 patients per year. This represents a 0.455% increase from the previous year (1,319 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Virginia in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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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$7,556
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Virginia
$4,218
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,361
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,677
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

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

6.93%
Uninsured
50.8%
Employer Coverage
13.4%
Medicaid
16.6%
Medicare
10.3%
Non-Group
1.91%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Roanoke, VA declined by 8.48% from 7.57% to 6.93%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Roanoke, VA 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. 22.5% prevalence
  2. 22.5% prevalence
  3. 20.3% prevalence

Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 22.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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