Wood County, WV

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Population

86,016

0.285% decline

Median Age

43


Median Household Income

$45,537

3.63% growth

Poverty Rate

16.9%


Number of Employees

36,841

0.171% growth

Median Property Value

$115,100

5.5% growth

About

In 2017, Wood County, WV had a population of 86k people with a median age of 43 and a median household income of $45,537. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wood County, WV declined from 86,262 to 86,016, a -0.285% decrease and its median household income grew from $43,944 to $45,537, a 3.63% increase.

The population of Wood County, WV is 95.3% White Alone, 1.72% Two or More Races, and 1.15% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Wood County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wood County, WV are West Virginia University at Parkersburg (795 degrees awarded in 2016), Ohio Valley University (89 degrees), and Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center (63 degrees).

The median property value in Wood County, WV is $115,100, and the homeownership rate is 71.1%. Most people in Wood County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Wood County, WV is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Autumn sunrise scenery from the Bear Rocks area of the Dolly Sods Wilderness near Davis, West Virginia (USA). HDR composite from multiple exposures.

Economy

The economy of Wood County, WV employs 36.8k people. The largest industries in Wood County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,835 people), Retail Trade (5,009 people), and Manufacturing (3,860 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($68,042), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,433), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($62,150).

Median household income in Wood County, WV is $45,537. Males in Wood 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 Wood County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,537

2017 value

± $1,425

3.63%

1 Year Growth

± 4.64%

Households in Wood County, WV have a median annual income of $45,537, 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 $43,944 in 2016, which represents a 3.63% 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 Wood 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 101.02

  2. Census Tract 109.01

  3. Census Tract 104

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wood County, WV was Census Tract 101.02 with a value of $62,167, followed by Census Tract 109.01 and Census Tract 104, with respective values of $60,038 and $57,000.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wood County, WV (14.4k out of 85k 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 Females < 5.

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

    13,540 ± 762

  2. Two Or More

    431 ± 139

  3. Hispanic

    302 ± 157

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

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

36.8k

2017 Value

± 1,229

0.171%

1 Year growth

± 4.64%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wood County, WV grew at a rate of 0.171%, from 36.8k employees to 36.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wood County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,227 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,347 people), and Management Occupations (3,138 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wood County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wood County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,227 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,347 people), and Management Occupations (3,138 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wood County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.62 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.42 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wood County, WV, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($69,052), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($68,108), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

36.8k

2017 Value

± 1,229

0.171%

1 Year growth

± 4.64%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wood County, WV grew at a rate of 0.171%, from 36.8k employees to 36.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wood County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,835 people), Retail Trade (5,009 people), and Manufacturing (3,860 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wood County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Wood 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 Wood County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,835 people), Retail Trade (5,009 people), and Manufacturing (3,860 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wood County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.97 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.45 times), and Utilities (1.37 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wood County, WV, by median earnings, are Utilities ($68,042), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,433), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($62,150).

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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

$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

92.6% of the population of Wood County, WV has health coverage, with 42.6% on employee plans, 21.7% on Medicaid, 14.8% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.4% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Wood County, WV see 1168 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.1% decrease from the previous year (1181 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1713 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 800 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

1,168 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Wood County, WV see an average of 1,168 patients per year. This represents a 1.1% decrease from the previous year (1,181 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wood County, WV in comparison to neighboring states.

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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

7.39%

Uninsured

42.6%

Employer Coverage

21.7%

Medicaid

14.8%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

1.4%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wood County, WV declined by 22% from 9.47% to 7.39%.

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

Wood County, WV is home to a population of 86k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.982% of Wood County, WV residents were born outside of the country (845 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Wood County, WV is composed of 82k White Alone residents (95.3%), 1.48k Two or More Races residents (1.72%), 993 Black or African American Alone residents (1.15%), 913 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.06%), 462 Asian Alone residents (0.537%), 98 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.114%), 37 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.043%), and 27 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0314%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Wood County, WV are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

51

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wood County, WV was 43. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 51. But people in Wood County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Wood County, WV residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.982%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

845 people

1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

864 people

As of 2017, 0.982% of Wood County, WV residents (845 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 Wood County, WV was 1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

99.7%

2017 Citizenship

99.6%

2016 Citizenship

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

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    82k ± 78

  2. Two or More Races

    1.48k ± 241

  3. Black or African American Alone

    993 ± 159

In 2017, there were 55.3 times more White Alone residents (82k people) in Wood County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.48k Two or More Races and 993 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 Wood County, WV as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Wood County, WV citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Wood County, WV was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Wood County, WV are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,667 ± 270

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    902 ± 182

  3. Korea

    656 ± 141

Wood County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.96 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Wood County, WV awarded 995 degrees. The student population of Wood County, WV is skewed towards women, with 1,337 male students and 2,019 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wood County, WV are White (925 and 94%), followed by Two or More Races (17 and 1.73%), Black or African American (16 and 1.63%), and Unknown (16 and 1.63%).

The largest universities in Wood County, WV by number of degrees awarded are West Virginia University at Parkersburg (795 and 79.9%), Ohio Valley University (89 and 8.94%), and Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center (63 and 6.33%).

The most popular majors in Wood County, WV are General Studies (183 and 18.4%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (73 and 7.34%), and Equestrian Studies (63 and 6.33%).

The median tuition costs in Wood County, WV are $20,460 for private four year colleges, and $3,384 and $7,920 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 49 degrees awarded

  2. 42 degrees awarded

  3. 93 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wood County, WV was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 49 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 795 degrees awarded

  2. 89 degrees awarded

  3. 63 degrees awarded

$3,384

Median In-State Public

$20,460

Median Private

In 2016, the Wood County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Virginia University at Parkersburg with 795 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

371

Degrees Awarded to Men

624

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 371 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wood County, WV, which is 0.595 times less than the 624 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

    925 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    17 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    16 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wood County, WV were to White students. These 925 degrees mean that there were 54.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 17 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wood County, WV was $115,100 in 2017, which is 0.529 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $109,100 to $115,100, a 5.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Wood County, WV is 71.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wood County, WV have an average commute time of 19.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wood 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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$45,537

Median Household Income

± $1,425

36.1k

Number of Households

± 1,141

In 2017, the median household income of the 36.1k households in Wood County, WV grew to $45,537 from the previous year's value of $43,944.

The following chart displays the households in Wood 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$115,100

2017 Median

± $3,863

$109,100

2016 Median

± $3,409

In 2017, the median property value in Wood County, WV grew to to $115,100 from the previous year's value of $109,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wood 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 Wood 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 Wood County, WV distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wood County, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

71.1%

2017 Homeownership

70.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.1% of the housing units in Wood County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Wood 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 Wood County, WV distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Wood County, WV have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wood County, WV have a shorter commute time (19.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.81% of the workforce in Wood County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.9%

  2. Carpooled

    10.5%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.62%

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

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