Buena Vista, VA

Census Place

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Population
6,399
1.48% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
Median Age
37.5

Poverty Rate
20.1%

Median Household Income
$34,273
1.78% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$122,100
9.31% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
2,991
6.59% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Buena Vista, VA had a population of 6.4k people with a median age of 37.5 and a median household income of $34,273. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Buena Vista, VA declined from 6,495 to 6,399, a -1.48% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,672 to $34,273, a 1.78% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Buena Vista, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (88%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.95%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.3%), White (Hispanic) (0.688%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.516%). NaNk% of the people in Buena Vista, VA speak a non-English language, and 99.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Buena Vista, VA are Southern Virginia University (140 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Buena Vista, VA is $122,100, and the homeownership rate is 66.7%. Most people in Buena Vista, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Buena Vista, VA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Virginia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Virginia went to Donald J. Trump with 59.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (28.8%), followed by Other (11.8%). The most partisan county was Petersburg city, VA with 87.2% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Buena Vista, VA is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Virginia
59.4% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Virginia
  1. 87.2% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 82% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Virginia was Petersburg city, VA with 87.2% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Virginia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Virginia over time, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Buena Vista, VA have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Buena Vista, VA is home to a population of 6.4k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2018, 0.703% of Buena Vista, VA residents were born outside of the country (45 people).

In 2018, there were 14.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.63k people) in Buena Vista, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 381 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 275 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Buena Vista, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    5.63k ± 17
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    381 ± 187
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    275 ± 205
0.969%
Hispanic Population
62 people

In 2018, there were 14.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.63k people) in Buena Vista, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 381 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 275 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

0.969% of the people in Buena Vista, VA are hispanic (62 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.703%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
45 people
0.57%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
37 people

As of 2018, 0.703% of Buena Vista, VA residents (45 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Buena Vista, VA was 0.57%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

38
Median Native-Born Age
± 2.5
24
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 27.7

In 2018, the median age of all people in Buena Vista, VA was 37.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 24. But people in Buena Vista, VA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Buena Vista, VA residents was 36.

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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

99.6%
2018 Citizenship
99.8%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 99.6% of Buena Vista, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Buena Vista, VA was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    120 ± 70
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    98 ± 74
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    39 ± 48

Buena Vista, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Buena Vista, VA is $34,273. In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Buena Vista, VA was Census Tract 9306 with a value of $34,273, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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

The economy of Buena Vista, VA employs 2.99k people. The largest industries in Buena Vista, VA are Manufacturing (733 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (381 people), and Educational Services (351 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,688), Transportation & Warehousing ($50,875), and Public Administration ($43,750).

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,273
2018 value
± $9,808
1.78%
1 Year Growth
± 29.4%

Households in Buena Vista, VA have a median annual income of $34,273, 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 $33,672 in 2017, which represents a 1.78% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Buena Vista, VA compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183
Average Male Salary in Virginia
± $1,323
$55,180
Average Female Salary in Virginia
± $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 in Virginia
  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 in Virginia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Buena Vista, VA is from Virginia.
0.478
2017 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.477
2016 Wage GINI in Virginia

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 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 9306
  2. N/A
  3. N/A

In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Buena Vista, VA was Census Tract 9306 with a value of $34,273, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Buena Vista, VA (1.18k out of 5.89k 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 Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

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
    1,139 ± 262
  2. Asian
    43 ± 101
  3. Black
    0 ± 87

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Buena Vista, VA is White, followed by Asian 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

2.99k
2018 Value
± 433
6.59%
1 Year growth
± 19.2%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Buena Vista, VA grew at a rate of 6.59%, from 2.81k employees to 2.99k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Buena Vista, VA, are Production Occupations (550 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (339 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (276 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Buena Vista, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Buena Vista, VA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (550 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (339 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (276 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Buena Vista, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Personal Care & Service Occupations (3.25 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (3.2 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.84 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Buena Vista, VA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,208), Protective Service Occupations ($53,676), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($53,676).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.99k
2018 Value
± 433
6.59%
1 Year growth
± 19.2%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Buena Vista, VA grew at a rate of 6.59%, from 2.81k employees to 2.99k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Buena Vista, VA, are Manufacturing (733 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (381 people), and Educational Services (351 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Buena Vista, VA, though some of these residents may live in Buena Vista, 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 Buena Vista, VA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (733 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (381 people), and Educational Services (351 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Buena Vista, VA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.58 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.43 times), and Other Services, Except Public Administration (2.17 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Buena Vista, VA, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,688), Transportation & Warehousing ($50,875), and Public Administration ($43,750).

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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. $27.5B
  2. $26B
  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($26B) and Electronics ($22.4B).

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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$254B
2015 Value in Virginia
$373B
Projected 2045 Value in Virginia
46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% 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. $23.4B
  2. $12.9B
  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

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

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Education

In 2017, universities in Buena Vista, VA awarded 140 degrees. The student population of Buena Vista, VA is skewed towards men, with 462 male students and 449 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Buena Vista, VA are White (118 and 84.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (8 and 5.76%), Two or More Races (7 and 5.04%), and Black or African American (4 and 2.88%).

The largest universities in Buena Vista, VA by number of degrees awarded are Southern Virginia University (140 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Buena Vista, VA are General Business (26 and 18.6%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (21 and 15%), and General Human Development & Family Studies (15 and 10.7%).

The median tuition costs in Buena Vista, VA are $15,900 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. 26 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 21 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 15 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Buena Vista, VA was General Business with 26 degree-majorss awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
140 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$15,900
Median Private

In 2017, the Buena Vista, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southern Virginia University with 140 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

65
Degrees Awarded to Men
75
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 65 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Buena Vista, VA, which is 0.867 times less than the 75 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
    118 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    8 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    7 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Buena Vista, VA were to White students. These 118 degrees mean that there were 14.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 8 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Buena Vista, VA was $122,100 in 2018, which is 0.532 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $111,700 to $122,100, a 9.31% increase. The homeownership rate in Buena Vista, VA is 66.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Buena Vista, VA have an average commute time of 18.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Buena Vista, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$122,100
2018 Median
± $10,163
$111,700
2017 Median
± $8,804

In 2018, the median property value in Buena Vista, VA grew to to $122,100 from the previous year's value of $111,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Buena Vista, 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 Buena Vista, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

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$34,273
Median Household Income
± $9,808
2.54k
Number of Households
± 378

In 2018, the median household income of the 2.54k households in Buena Vista, VA grew to $34,273 from the previous year's value of $33,672.

The following chart displays the households in Buena Vista, 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 $50k - $60k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Buena Vista, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Buena Vista, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.7%
2018 Homeownership
62.3%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 66.7% of the housing units in Buena Vista, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.3%.

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

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Commute Time

18.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Buena Vista, VA have a shorter commute time (18.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 0.648% of the workforce in Buena Vista, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    83.9%
  2. Walked
    6.8%
  3. Carpooled
    4.52%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Buena Vista, VA was Drove Alone (83.9%), followed by those who Walked (6.8%) and those who Carpooled (4.52%).

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 Buena Vista, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Buena Vista, VA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

85.4% of the population of Buena Vista, VA has health coverage, with 44.8% on employee plans, 17% on Medicaid, 13.4% on Medicare, 8.76% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Buena Vista city, VA see 3309 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.212% increase from the previous year (3302 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1290 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1613 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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3,309 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Buena Vista city, VA

Primary care physicians in Buena Vista city, VA see an average of 3,309 patients per year. This represents a 0.212% increase from the previous year (3,302 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Buena Vista city, 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 in Virginia
$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

14.6%
Uninsured
44.8%
Employer Coverage
17%
Medicaid
13.4%
Medicare
8.76%
Non-Group
1.46%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Buena Vista, VA declined by 15.4% from 17.3% to 14.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Buena Vista, 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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