Ashland, VA

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Population

7,554

2% growth

Poverty Rate

17.1%


Median Age

32.8


Median Household Income

$48,903

13.5% growth

Number of Employees

3,780

3.36% growth

Median Property Value

$186,000

2.2% growth

About

In 2017, Ashland, VA had a population of 7.55k people with a median age of 32.8 and a median household income of $48,903. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ashland, VA grew from 7,406 to 7,554, a 2% increase and its median household income grew from $43,071 to $48,903, a 13.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ashland, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (64.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (22.6%), White (Hispanic) (7.89%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.38%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.14%). N/A% of the people in Ashland, VA speak a non-English language, and 96.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ashland, VA are Randolph-Macon College (343 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Ashland, VA is $186,000, and the homeownership rate is 52.8%. Most people in Ashland, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Ashland, VA is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Virginia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Ashland, VA employs 3.78k people. The largest industries in Ashland, VA are Accommodation & Food Services (587 people), Educational Services (572 people), and Retail Trade (541 people), and the highest paying industries are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($79,861), Manufacturing ($60,500), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,750).

Median household income in Ashland, VA is $48,903. Males in Ashland, VA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,180. The income inequality in Ashland, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,903

2017 value

± $7,577

13.5%

1 Year Growth

± 21%

Households in Ashland, VA have a median annual income of $48,903, 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 $43,071 in 2016, which represents a 13.5% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183

Average Male Salary

± $1,323

$55,180

Average Female Salary

± $1,030

In 2017, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Virginia by number of full-time 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

    $68,169 ± $3,324

  2. White

    $60,529 ± $977

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $56,661 ± $29,375

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ashland, VA is from Virginia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0649% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in 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 3205

  2. Census Tract 3207.01

  3. Census Tract 3206.02

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ashland, VA was Census Tract 3205 with a value of $85,484, followed by Census Tract 3207.01 and Census Tract 3206.02, with respective values of $83,750 and $57,875.

The following map shows all of the places in Ashland, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ashland, VA (1.05k out of 6.17k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Males < 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

    796 ± 231

  2. Hispanic

    304 ± 175

  3. Black

    147 ± 105

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ashland, VA 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

3.78k

2017 Value

± 395

3.36%

1 Year growth

± 14.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ashland, VA grew at a rate of 3.36%, from 3.66k employees to 3.78k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ashland, VA, are Sales & Related Occupations (540 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (536 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (338 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ashland, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ashland, VA, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (540 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (536 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (338 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Ashland, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.53 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.78 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.61 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ashland, VA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($122,885), Legal Occupations ($116,458), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($78,269).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.78k

2017 Value

± 395

3.36%

1 Year growth

± 14.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ashland, VA grew at a rate of 3.36%, from 3.66k employees to 3.78k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ashland, VA, are Accommodation & Food Services (587 people), Educational Services (572 people), and Retail Trade (541 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ashland, VA, though some of these residents may live in Ashland, VA 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 Ashland, VA, by number of employees, are Accommodation & Food Services (587 people), Educational Services (572 people), and Retail Trade (541 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Ashland, VA has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (2.04 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.63 times), and Construction (1.52 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ashland, VA, by median earnings, are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($79,861), Manufacturing ($60,500), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,750).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $29.9B

  2. $27.8B

  3. $26B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $29.9B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($27.8B) and Electronics ($26B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$277B

2020 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

34.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Virginia trade was $277B. This is expected to increase 34.7% to $373B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound 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 Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.5B

  2. $14B

  3. $12.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $25.5B, followed by North Carolina with $14B and Pennsylvania and $12.4B.

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

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Health

87.5% of the population of Ashland, VA has health coverage, with 43.1% on employee plans, 10.6% on Medicaid, 12% on Medicare, 18.6% on non-group plans, and 3.28% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Ashland, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Ashland, VA see 1358 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0736% decrease from the previous year (1359 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1606 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 768 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,358 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Hanover County, VA see an average of 1,358 patients per year. This represents a 0.0736% decrease from the previous year (1,359 patients).

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

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

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

12.5%

Uninsured

43.1%

Employer Coverage

10.6%

Medicaid

12%

Medicare

18.6%

Non-Group

3.28%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ashland, VA grew by 12.1% from 11.2% to 12.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ashland, VA 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. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Ashland, VA is home to a population of 7.55k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.27% of Ashland, VA residents were born outside of the country (549 people).

In 2017, there were 2.84 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.85k people) in Ashland, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.71k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 596 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.6

20

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ashland, VA was 32.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 20. But people in Ashland, VA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Ashland, VA residents was 32.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.27%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

549 people

7.64%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

566 people

As of 2017, 7.27% of Ashland, VA residents (549 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 Ashland, VA was 7.64%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    103,545 ± 7,851 people

  2. India

    82,876 ± 7,033 people

  3. Mexico

    56,021 ± 5,792 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Virginia residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

96.9%

2017 Citizenship

96.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.9% of Ashland, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ashland, VA was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ashland, VA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    4.85k ± 330

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    1.71k ± 205

  3. White (Hispanic)

    596 ± 339

In 2017, there were 2.84 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.85k people) in Ashland, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.71k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 596 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Ashland, VA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    110 ± 67

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    77 ± 65

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    53 ± 53

Ashland, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.43 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Ashland, VA awarded 343 degrees. The student population of Ashland, VA is skewed towards women, with 667 male students and 786 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ashland, VA are White (278 and 83.2%), followed by Black or African American (24 and 7.19%), Hispanic or Latino (16 and 4.79%), and Two or More Races (8 and 2.4%).

The largest universities in Ashland, VA by number of degrees awarded are Randolph-Macon College (343 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Ashland, VA are General Communication (44 and 12.8%), General Business (37 and 10.8%), and General Biological Sciences (36 and 10.5%).

The median tuition costs in Ashland, VA are $38,750 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. 44 degrees awarded

  2. 37 degrees awarded

  3. 36 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ashland, VA was General Communication with 44 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

343 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$38,750

Median Private

In 2017, the Ashland, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Randolph-Macon College with 343 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

168

Degrees Awarded to Men

175

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 168 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ashland, VA, which is 0.96 times less than the 175 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Ashland, VA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    278 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    24 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    16 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ashland, VA were to White students. These 278 degrees mean that there were 11.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 24 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ashland, VA was $186,000 in 2017, which is 0.81 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $182,000 to $186,000, a 2.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Ashland, VA is 52.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ashland, VA have an average commute time of 19.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ashland, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$186,000

2017 Median

± $9,731

$182,000

2016 Median

± $11,863

In 2017, the median property value in Ashland, VA grew to to $186,000 from the previous year's value of $182,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ashland, VA 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 Ashland, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$48,903

Median Household Income

± $7,577

2.76k

Number of Households

± 311

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.76k households in Ashland, VA grew to $48,903 from the previous year's value of $43,071.

The following chart displays the households in Ashland, VA 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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

52.8%

2017 Homeownership

55.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 52.8% of the housing units in Ashland, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 55.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ashland, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ashland, VA have a shorter commute time (19.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.959% of the workforce in Ashland, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.7%

  2. Walked

    12.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.7%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ashland, VA was Drove Alone (74.7%), followed by those who Walked (12.3%) and those who Worked At Home (4.7%).

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 Ashland, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ashland, VA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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