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-0.33% decline
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2.34% growth
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-1.13% decline
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7.89% growth

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The economy of West Virginia employs 713,531 people. The economy of West Virginia is specialized in Coal mining; Aluminum production & processing; and Sawmills & wood preservation, which employ respectively 43.02; 4.94; and 4.87 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in West Virginia are Elementary & secondary schools (49,618), Hospitals (49,565), and Restaurants & Food Services (46,170), and the highest paying industries are Fiber, yarn, & thread mills ($105,133), Agricultural chemical manufacturing ($92,453), and Household appliance manufacturing ($89,821).

Median household income in West Virginia is $42,019. Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $38,092. The income inequality of West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for West Virginia. In West Virginia the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 77 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,826. McDowell County, WV has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in West Virginia.


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West Virginia is home to a population of 1.84M people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of West Virginia is composed of 1.7M White residents (92.3%), 69,610 Black residents (3.77%), 27,668 Two+ residents (1.5%), 26,663 Hispanic residents (1.45%), and 14,078 Asian residents (0.76%). The most common foreign languages in West Virginia are Spanish (18,235 speakers), German (3,119 speakers), and Chinese (2,830 speakers), but compared to other places, West Virginia has a relative high number of German (3,119 speakers), Persian (892 speakers), and French (2,768 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in West Virginia awarded 34,985 degrees. The student population of West Virginia is skewed towards females, with 17,330 male students and 17,655 female students. Most students in West Virginia are White (27,116 and 77.5%), followed by Black or African American (3,041 and 8.69%), Hispanic or Latino (1,424 and 4.07%), and Unknown (1,068 and 3.05%). The largest universities in West Virginia by number of graduates are American Public University System (11,234 and 32.1%), West Virginia University (6,697 and 19.1%), and Marshall University (2,828 and 8.08%). The most popular majors in West Virginia are General Business Administration & Management (1,627 and 4.65%), General Studies (1,028 and 2.94%), and General Psychology (829 and 2.37%). The median tuition costs in West Virginia are $27,000 for private four year colleges, and $6,120 and $14,512 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in West Virginia is $112,100, which is 0.58 times smaller than the national average of $194,500. Between 2014 and 2015 the median property value increased from $103,900 to $112,100, a 7.89% increase. The homeownership rate of West Virginia is 72.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63%. People in West Virginia have an average commute time of 24.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in West Virginia is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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