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Population
1.83M
0.71% decline
Median Age
42.3
Median Household Income
$43,385
3.25% growth
Poverty Rate
17.9%
Number of Employees
709,652
0.54% decline
Median Property Value
$117,900
5.17% growth

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Economy

The economy of West Virginia employs 709,652 people. The economy of West Virginia is specialized in Coal mining; Pottery, ceramics, & plumbing fixture manufacturing ; and Aluminum production & processing, which employ respectively 44.07; 5.65; and 5.13 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in West Virginia are Hospitals (50,178), Elementary & secondary schools (49,556), and Restaurants & Food Services (46,554), and the highest paying industries are Fiber, yarn, & thread mills ($106,461), Computer & peripheral equipment manufacturing ($101,939), and Agricultural chemical manufacturing ($95,554).

Median household income in West Virginia is $43,385. Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $38,773. The income inequality of West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.45 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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Diversity

West Virginia is home to a population of 1.83M people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of West Virginia is composed of 1.68M White residents (92%), 68,738 Black residents (3.75%), 29,369 Two+ residents (1.6%), 26,783 Hispanic residents (1.46%), and 13,777 Asian residents (0.75%). 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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Education

In 2015 universities in West Virginia awarded 35,161 degrees. The student population of West Virginia is skewed towards females, with 17,451 male students and 17,710 female students. Most students in West Virginia are White (27,242 and 77.5%), followed by Black or African American (3,058 and 8.7%), Hispanic or Latino (1,433 and 4.08%), and Unknown (1,074 and 3.05%). The largest universities in West Virginia by number of graduates are American Public University System (11,410 and 32.5%), West Virginia University (6,697 and 19%), and Marshall University (2,828 and 8.04%). The most popular majors in West Virginia are General Business Administration & Management (1,627 and 4.63%), General Studies (1,028 and 2.92%), and General Psychology (829 and 2.36%). The median tuition costs in West Virginia are $27,000 for private four year colleges, and $6,032 and $15,260 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in West Virginia is $117,900, which is 0.58 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $112,100 to $117,900, a 5.17% increase. The homeownership rate of West Virginia is 72.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.1%. People in West Virginia have an average commute time of 24.4 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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