Wetzel County, WV

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Population

15,793

1.28% decline

Median Age

45.9


Median Household Income

$40,694

3.16% growth

Poverty Rate

23.2%


Number of Employees

5,399

2.58% decline

Median Property Value

$90,700

4.86% growth

About

In 2017, Wetzel County, WV had a population of 15.8k people with a median age of 45.9 and a median household income of $40,694. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wetzel County, WV declined from 15,997 to 15,793, a -1.28% decrease and its median household income grew from $39,446 to $40,694, a 3.16% increase.

The population of Wetzel County, WV is 97.5% White Alone, 1.19% Two or More Races, and 0.576% Black or African American Alone. 1.1% of the people in Wetzel County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Wetzel County, WV is $90,700, and the homeownership rate is 78.9%. Most people in Wetzel County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Wetzel County, WV is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Wetzel County, WV employs 5.4k people. The largest industries in Wetzel County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,002 people), Retail Trade (687 people), and Educational Services (514 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,697), Utilities ($71,250), and Information ($70,179).

Median household income in Wetzel County, WV is $40,694. Males in Wetzel 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 Wetzel County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,694

2017 value

± $2,867

3.16%

1 Year Growth

± 9.96%

Households in Wetzel County, WV have a median annual income of $40,694, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $39,446 in 2016, which represents a 3.16% 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 Wetzel County, WV 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 Wetzel County, WV 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 Wetzel 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.

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 308

  2. Census Tract 307

  3. Census Tract 49

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wetzel County, WV was Census Tract 308 with a value of $45,114, followed by Census Tract 307 and Census Tract 49, with respective values of $42,864 and $40,607.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wetzel County, WV (3.63k out of 15.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

    3,608 ± 326

  2. Hispanic

    22 ± 92

  3. Black

    16 ± 93

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

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

5.4k

2017 Value

± 397

-2.58%

1 Year decline

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wetzel County, WV declined at a rate of -2.58%, from 5.54k employees to 5.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wetzel County, WV, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (675 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (577 people), and Production Occupations (512 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wetzel County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wetzel County, WV, by number of employees, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (675 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (577 people), and Production Occupations (512 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wetzel County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.51 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.01 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.96 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wetzel County, WV, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($52,984), Production Occupations ($50,690), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($48,750).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.4k

2017 Value

± 397

-2.58%

1 Year decline

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wetzel County, WV declined at a rate of -2.58%, from 5.54k employees to 5.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wetzel County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,002 people), Retail Trade (687 people), and Educational Services (514 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wetzel County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Wetzel 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 Wetzel County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,002 people), Retail Trade (687 people), and Educational Services (514 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wetzel County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (11.9 times higher than expected), Utilities (3.5 times), and Construction (1.51 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wetzel County, WV, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,697), Utilities ($71,250), and Information ($70,179).

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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 with $7.3B and Pharmaceuticals and $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

$86.9B

Projected 2045 Value

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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Health

92.1% of the population of Wetzel County, WV has health coverage, with 36.5% on employee plans, 24.7% on Medicaid, 18% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 1.37% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Wetzel County, WV see 1977 patients per year on average, which represents a 11.3% increase from the previous year (1776 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2607 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1043 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

1977 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Wetzel County, WV see an average of 1977 patients per year. This represents a 11.3% increase from the previous year (1776 patients).

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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%).

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Access and Quality

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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

7.9%

Uninsured

36.5%

Employer Coverage

24.7%

Medicaid

18%

Medicare

11.5%

Non-Group

1.37%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wetzel County, WV declined by 20.4% from 9.93% to 7.9%.

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

Wetzel County, WV is home to a population of 15.8k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.652% of Wetzel County, WV residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Wetzel County, WV is composed of 15.4k White Alone residents (97.5%), 188 Two or More Races residents (1.19%), 91 Black or African American Alone residents (0.576%), 77 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.488%), 33 Asian Alone residents (0.209%), 7 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0443%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Wetzel County, WV are Korean (51 speakers), Vietnamese (44 speakers), and Spanish or Spanish Creole (35 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

34

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 30.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wetzel County, WV was 45.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Wetzel County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Wetzel County, WV residents was 46.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.652%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.444%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.652% of Wetzel County, WV residents 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 Wetzel County, WV was 0.444%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Wetzel County, WV was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 Wetzel County, WV residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

99.6%

2017 Citizenship

99.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.6% of Wetzel County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Wetzel County, WV was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    15.4k ± 18

  2. Two or More Races

    188 ± 95.7

  3. Black or African American Alone

    91 ± 106

In 2017, there were 81.9 times more White Alone residents (15.4k people) in Wetzel County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 188 Two or More Races and 91 Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Wetzel County, WV as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Korean

    51 speakers (0.333%)

  2. Vietnamese

    44 speakers (0.287%)

  3. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    35 speakers (0.228%)

1.1% of Wetzel County, WV citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Wetzel County, WV was Korean. 0.333% of the overall population of Wetzel County, WV are native Korean speakers. 0.287% speak Vietnamese and 0.228% speak Korean, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    346 ± 81

  2. Korea

    170 ± 63

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    123 ± 59

Wetzel County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wetzel County, WV was $90,700 in 2017, which is 0.417 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $86,500 to $90,700, a 4.86% increase. The homeownership rate in Wetzel County, WV is 78.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wetzel County, WV have an average commute time of 26.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wetzel County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$40,694

Median Household Income

± $2,867

5.98k

Number of Households

± 399

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.98k households in Wetzel County, WV grew to $40,694 from the previous year's value of $39,446.

The following chart displays the households in Wetzel 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$90,700

2017 Median

± $6,198

$86,500

2016 Median

± $5,904

In 2017, the median property value in Wetzel County, WV grew to to $90,700 from the previous year's value of $86,500.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

78.9%

2017 Homeownership

79.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 78.9% of the housing units in Wetzel County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 79.4%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

26.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wetzel County, WV have a longer commute time (26.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.33% of the workforce in Wetzel County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.8%

  2. Carpooled

    5.46%

  3. Walked

    3.78%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Wetzel County, WV was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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