Upshur County, WV

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Population

24,604

0.114% decline

Poverty Rate

21.2%


Median Age

41.8


Median Household Income

$39,434

6.64% decline

Number of Employees

9,824

1.72% decline

Median Property Value

$111,900

0.629% growth

About

In 2017, Upshur County, WV had a population of 24.6k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $39,434. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Upshur County, WV declined from 24,632 to 24,604, a -0.114% decrease and its median household income declined from $42,240 to $39,434, a -6.64% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Upshur County, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (96.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.28%), White (Hispanic) (1.11%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (0.691%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.175%). N/A% of the people in Upshur County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Upshur County, WV are West Virginia Wesleyan College (409 degrees awarded in 2017) and Fred W Eberle Technical Center (135 degrees).

The median property value in Upshur County, WV is $111,900, and the homeownership rate is 74.5%. Most people in Upshur County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Upshur County, WV is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Upshur County, WV employs 9.82k people. The largest industries in Upshur County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,869 people), Retail Trade (1,222 people), and Educational Services (1,200 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,816), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,354), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($50,862).

Median household income in Upshur County, WV is $39,434. Males in Upshur 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 Upshur County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,434

2017 value

± $3,117

-6.64%

1 Year Growth

± 12.6%

Households in Upshur County, WV have a median annual income of $39,434, 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 $42,240 in 2016, which represents a -6.64% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$55,526

Average Male Salary

± $2,063

$39,552

Average Female Salary

± $1,541

In 2017, full-time male employees in West Virginia made 1.4 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $63,277 ± $23,510

  2. American Indian

    $44,513 ± $30,224

  3. White

    $42,144 ± $1,238

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of West Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.42 times more than American Indian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Upshur 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9669

  2. Census Tract 9667

  3. Census Tract 9666

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Upshur County, WV was Census Tract 9669 with a value of $52,266, followed by Census Tract 9667 and Census Tract 9666, with respective values of $43,958 and $42,475.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males < 5

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Upshur County, WV (4.9k out of 23.1k 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 Males < 5, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,727 ± 430

  2. Hispanic

    95 ± 118

  3. Two Or More

    83 ± 114

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

9.82k

2017 Value

± 657

-1.72%

1 Year decline

± 9.46%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Upshur County, WV declined at a rate of -1.72%, from 10k employees to 9.82k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Upshur County, WV, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,082 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (961 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (821 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Upshur County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Upshur County, WV, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,082 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (961 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (821 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Upshur County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (2.12 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.68 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.62 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Upshur County, WV, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,882), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($55,451), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($53,542).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.82k

2017 Value

± 657

-1.72%

1 Year decline

± 9.46%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Upshur County, WV declined at a rate of -1.72%, from 10k employees to 9.82k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Upshur County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,869 people), Retail Trade (1,222 people), and Educational Services (1,200 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Upshur County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Upshur 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 Upshur County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,869 people), Retail Trade (1,222 people), and Educational Services (1,200 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Upshur County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (13.4 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.61 times), and Utilities (1.52 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Upshur County, WV, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,816), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,354), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($50,862).

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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. $19.6B

  2. $7.19B

  3. $6.22B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $19.6B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($7.19B) and Coal ($6.22B).

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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$72.2B

2020 Value

$86.9B

Projected 2045 Value

20.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound West Virginia trade was $72.2B. This is expected to increase 20.4% 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. $11B

  2. $7.36B

  3. $7.22B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Pennsylvania with $11B, followed by Ohio with $7.36B and Virginia and $7.22B.

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

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Health

90.6% of the population of Upshur County, WV has health coverage, with 40.7% on employee plans, 23.1% on Medicaid, 13.9% on Medicare, 11% on non-group plans, and 1.86% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Upshur County, WV see 2251 patients per year on average, which represents a 18.3% increase from the previous year (1902 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2740 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1370 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (19.7%). Additionally, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,251 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Upshur County, WV see an average of 2,251 patients per year. This represents a 18.3% increase from the previous year (1,902 patients).

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

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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

9.39%

Uninsured

40.7%

Employer Coverage

23.1%

Medicaid

13.9%

Medicare

11%

Non-Group

1.86%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Upshur County, WV declined by 16.1% from 11.2% to 9.39%.

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

Upshur County, WV is home to a population of 24.6k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.642% of Upshur County, WV residents were born outside of the country (158 people).

In 2017, there were 75 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.7k people) in Upshur County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 316 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 272 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

54

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 24.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Upshur County, WV was 41.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 54. But people in Upshur County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Upshur County, WV residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.642%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

158 people

0.633%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

156 people

As of 2017, 0.642% of Upshur County, WV residents (158 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 Upshur County, WV was 0.633%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,603 ± 1,252 people

  2. India

    2,547 ± 1,238 people

  3. China

    2,428 ± 1,209 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 West Virginia residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

99.5%

2017 Citizenship

99.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.5% of Upshur County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Upshur County, WV was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Upshur County, WV

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    23.7k ± 12

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    316 ± 94

  3. White (Hispanic)

    272 ± 48

In 2017, there were 75 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.7k people) in Upshur County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 316 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 272 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Upshur County, WV as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    782 ± 164

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    239 ± 102

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    188 ± 79

Upshur County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Upshur County, WV awarded 544 degrees. The student population of Upshur County, WV is skewed towards women, with 753 male students and 877 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Upshur County, WV are White (463 and 89.7%), followed by Black or African American (21 and 4.07%), Unknown (11 and 2.13%), and Two or More Races (10 and 1.94%).

The largest universities in Upshur County, WV by number of degrees awarded are West Virginia Wesleyan College (409 and 75.2%) and Fred W Eberle Technical Center (135 and 24.8%).

The most popular majors in Upshur County, WV are Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (55 and 10.1%), General Business (35 and 6.43%), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (27 and 4.96%).

The median tuition costs in Upshur County, WV are $29,574 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. 22 degrees awarded

  2. 27 degrees awarded

  3. 24 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Upshur County, WV was General Business with 22 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 409 degrees awarded

  2. 135 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$29,574

Median Private

In 2017, the Upshur County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Virginia Wesleyan College with 409 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

280

Degrees Awarded to Men

264

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 280 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Upshur County, WV, which is 1.06 times more than the 264 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

    463 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    21 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    11 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Upshur County, WV were to White students. These 463 degrees mean that there were 22 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 21 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Upshur County, WV was $111,900 in 2017, which is 0.487 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $111,200 to $111,900, a 0.629% increase. The homeownership rate in Upshur County, WV is 74.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Upshur County, WV have an average commute time of 25.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Upshur County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$111,900

2017 Median

± $7,308

$111,200

2016 Median

± $5,703

In 2017, the median property value in Upshur County, WV grew to to $111,900 from the previous year's value of $111,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Upshur 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 Upshur County, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$39,434

Median Household Income

± $3,117

9.34k

Number of Households

± 582

In 2017, the median household income of the 9.34k households in Upshur County, WV declined from $39,434 from the previous year's value of $42,240.

The following chart displays the households in Upshur 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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

74.5%

2017 Homeownership

75.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.5% of the housing units in Upshur County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 75.8%.

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

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Commute Time

25.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Upshur County, WV have a shorter commute time (25.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.51% of the workforce in Upshur County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.7%

  2. Carpooled

    8.95%

  3. Walked

    4.06%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Upshur County, WV was Drove Alone (80.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.95%) and those who Walked (4.06%).

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 Upshur County, WV distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Upshur County, WV have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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