South Charleston, WV

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Population
12,686
1.67% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
Median Age
42.1

Poverty Rate
14.7%

Median Household Income
$52,038
2.27% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$133,100
11.8% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
5,962
0.252% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, South Charleston, WV had a population of 12.7k people with a median age of 42.1 and a median household income of $52,038. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of South Charleston, WV declined from 12,902 to 12,686, a -1.67% decrease and its median household income grew from $50,885 to $52,038, a 2.27% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in South Charleston, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.17%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (7%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.81%), and White (Hispanic) (1.24%). NaNk% of the people in South Charleston, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in South Charleston, WV are BridgeValley Community & Technical College (589 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in South Charleston, WV is $133,100, and the homeownership rate is 70.4%. Most people in South Charleston, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.8 minutes. The average car ownership in South Charleston, WV is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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

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Community Mobility

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Kanawha County, WV went to Donald J. Trump with 57.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (37.3%), followed by Other (4.73%). The most partisan county was Grant County, WV with 87.7% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing the state of West Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

West Virginia is currently represented by 3 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Kanawha County, WV
57.9% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in West Virginia
  1. 87.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 83.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 83.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in West Virginia was Grant County, WV with 87.7% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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

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US Senators from West Virginia

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Joe Manchin
Senator from West Virginia1
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Carte Goodwin, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Robert Byrd.
Shelley Moore Capito
Senator from West Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing West Virginia.

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

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US Representatives from West Virginia

West Virginia is currently represented by 3 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 West Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

South Charleston, WV is home to a population of 12.7k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2018, 2.54% of South Charleston, WV residents were born outside of the country (322 people).

In 2018, there were 11.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.3k people) in South Charleston, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 909 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 888 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in South Charleston, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    10.3k ± 409
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    909 ± 211
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    888 ± 273
2.39%
Hispanic Population
303 people

In 2018, there were 11.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.3k people) in South Charleston, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 909 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 888 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.39% of the people in South Charleston, WV are hispanic (303 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in South Charleston, WV as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.54%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
322 people
1.66%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
214 people

As of 2018, 2.54% of South Charleston, WV residents (322 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in South Charleston, WV was 1.66%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

42
Median Native-Born Age
± 3.3
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 21.8

In 2018, the median age of all people in South Charleston, WV was 42.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in South Charleston, WV are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all South Charleston, WV residents was 44.

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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

99.4%
2018 Citizenship
99.7%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 99.4% of South Charleston, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in South Charleston, WV was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    257 ± 81
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    163 ± 134
  3. Korea
    57 ± 46

South Charleston, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.58 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in South Charleston, WV is $52,038. In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income in South Charleston, WV was Census Tract 128 with a value of $58,257, followed by Census Tract 21 and Census Tract 131, with respective values of $50,694 and $50,474.

Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,552. The income inequality in West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of South Charleston, WV employs 5.96k people. The largest industries in South Charleston, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,418 people), Retail Trade (755 people), and Public Administration (633 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($80,625), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,625), and Utilities ($76,250).

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,038
2018 value
± $3,083
2.27%
1 Year Growth
± 8.13%

Households in South Charleston, WV have a median annual income of $52,038, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,885 in 2017, which represents a 2.27% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$55,526
Average Male Salary in West Virginia
± $2,063
$39,552
Average Female Salary in West Virginia
± $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 in West Virginia
  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 in West Virginia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for South Charleston, WV is from West Virginia.
0.444
2017 Wage GINI in West Virginia
0.444
2016 Wage GINI in West Virginia

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 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 128
  2. Census Tract 21
  3. Census Tract 131

In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in South Charleston, WV was Census Tract 128 with a value of $58,257, followed by Census Tract 21 and Census Tract 131, with respective values of $50,694 and $50,474.

The following map shows all of the places in South Charleston, WV colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in South Charleston, WV (1.85k out of 12.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 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
    1,112 ± 249
  2. Black
    465 ± 132
  3. Two Or More
    226 ± 153

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

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

5.96k
2018 Value
± 537
0.252%
1 Year growth
± 12.3%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in South Charleston, WV grew at a rate of 0.252%, from 5.95k employees to 5.96k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in South Charleston, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (949 people), Sales & Related Occupations (748 people), and Management Occupations (623 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of South Charleston, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of South Charleston, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (949 people), Sales & Related Occupations (748 people), and Management Occupations (623 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, South Charleston, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.95 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.87 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.68 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of South Charleston, WV, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($67,708), Management Occupations ($60,694), and Production Occupations ($57,826).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.96k
2018 Value
± 537
0.252%
1 Year growth
± 12.3%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in South Charleston, WV grew at a rate of 0.252%, from 5.95k employees to 5.96k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in South Charleston, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,418 people), Retail Trade (755 people), and Public Administration (633 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of South Charleston, WV, though some of these residents may live in South Charleston, 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 South Charleston, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,418 people), Retail Trade (755 people), and Public Administration (633 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, South Charleston, WV has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.29 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.71 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.64 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in South Charleston, WV, by median earnings, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($80,625), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,625), and Utilities ($76,250).

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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 ($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 in West Virginia
$86.9B
Projected 2045 Value in West Virginia
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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Education

In 2017, universities in South Charleston, WV awarded 589 degrees. The student population of South Charleston, WV is skewed towards women, with 767 male students and 1,172 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in South Charleston, WV are White (526 and 89.3%), followed by Black or African American (48 and 8.15%), Hispanic or Latino (6 and 1.02%), and Asian (5 and 0.849%).

The largest universities in South Charleston, WV by number of degrees awarded are BridgeValley Community & Technical College (589 and 100%).

The most popular majors in South Charleston, WV are Liberal Arts & Sciences (90 and 15.3%), Registered Nursing (51 and 8.66%), and General Studies (48 and 8.15%).

The median tuition costs in South Charleston, WV are $N/A 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. 51 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 48 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 17 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in South Charleston, WV was Registered Nursing with 51 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in South Charleston, WV according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
589 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the South Charleston, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was BridgeValley Community & Technical College with 589 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

236
Degrees Awarded to Men
353
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 236 men were awarded degrees from institutions in South Charleston, WV, which is 0.669 times less than the 353 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    526 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    48 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    6 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in South Charleston, WV were to White students. These 526 degrees mean that there were 11 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 48 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in South Charleston, WV was $133,100 in 2018, which is 0.579 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $119,000 to $133,100, a 11.8% increase. The homeownership rate in South Charleston, WV is 70.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in South Charleston, WV have an average commute time of 16.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in South Charleston, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$133,100
2018 Median
± $6,986
$119,000
2017 Median
± $10,639

In 2018, the median property value in South Charleston, WV grew to to $133,100 from the previous year's value of $119,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in South Charleston, 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 South Charleston, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

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$52,038
Median Household Income
± $3,083
5.66k
Number of Households
± 465

In 2018, the median household income of the 5.66k households in South Charleston, WV grew to $52,038 from the previous year's value of $50,885.

The following chart displays the households in South Charleston, 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 $50k - $60k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in South Charleston, WV distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In South Charleston, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

70.4%
2018 Homeownership
71.7%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 70.4% of the housing units in South Charleston, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 71.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in South Charleston, WV compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

16.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in South Charleston, WV have a shorter commute time (16.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 0.512% of the workforce in South Charleston, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    85.4%
  2. Carpooled
    6.8%
  3. Public Transit
    3.66%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in South Charleston, WV was Drove Alone (85.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.8%) and those who Public Transit (3.66%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in South Charleston, WV distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in South Charleston, WV have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

92.7% of the population of South Charleston, WV has health coverage, with 46.3% on employee plans, 17.9% on Medicaid, 15.9% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.28% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Kanawha County, WV see 766 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.06% increase from the previous year (758 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1225 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 611 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

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766 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kanawha County, WV

Primary care physicians in Kanawha County, WV see an average of 766 patients per year. This represents a 1.06% increase from the previous year (758 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kanawha County, WV 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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$9,462
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in West Virginia
$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

7.27%
Uninsured
46.3%
Employer Coverage
17.9%
Medicaid
15.9%
Medicare
11.3%
Non-Group
1.28%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in South Charleston, WV declined by 9.71% from 8.06% to 7.27%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in South Charleston, 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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