Parkersburg, WV

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Population

30,596

1.18% decline

Median Age

41.9


Median Household Income

$36,414

6.18% growth

Poverty Rate

25.2%


Number of Employees

12,056

1.33% decline

Median Property Value

$87,600

1.74% growth

About

In 2017, Parkersburg, WV had a population of 30.6k people with a median age of 41.9 and a median household income of $36,414. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Parkersburg, WV declined from 30,962 to 30,596, a -1.18% decrease and its median household income grew from $34,296 to $36,414, a 6.18% increase.

The population of Parkersburg, WV is 93.4% White Alone, 2.66% Two or More Races, and 2.14% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Parkersburg, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Parkersburg, WV are Mountain State College (29 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Parkersburg, WV is $87,600, and the homeownership rate is 61%. Most people in Parkersburg, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Parkersburg, 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 Parkersburg, WV employs 12.1k people. The largest industries in Parkersburg, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,284 people), Retail Trade (1,846 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,256 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,042), Utilities ($62,981), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,313).

Median household income in Parkersburg, WV is $36,414. Males in Parkersburg, 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 Parkersburg, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$36,414

2017 value

± $2,073

6.18%

1 Year Growth

± 8.02%

Households in Parkersburg, WV have a median annual income of $36,414, 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 $34,296 in 2016, which represents a 6.18% 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 Parkersburg, 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 4

  2. Census Tract 1

  3. Census Tract 106.02

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Parkersburg, WV was Census Tract 4 with a value of $56,014, followed by Census Tract 1 and Census Tract 106.02, with respective values of $50,854 and $44,432.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Parkersburg, WV (7.63k out of 30.2k 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 35 - 44 and then Females 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

    6,954 ± 526

  2. Two Or More

    306 ± 129

  3. Black

    267 ± 134

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Parkersburg, WV is White, followed by Two Or More 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

12.1k

2017 Value

± 653

-1.33%

1 Year decline

± 7.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Parkersburg, WV declined at a rate of -1.33%, from 12.2k employees to 12.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Parkersburg, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,869 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,533 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (973 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Parkersburg, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Parkersburg, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,869 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,533 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (973 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Parkersburg, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.83 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.38 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.29 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Parkersburg, WV, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,576), Legal Occupations ($54,297), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($51,979).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

12.1k

2017 Value

± 653

-1.33%

1 Year decline

± 7.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Parkersburg, WV declined at a rate of -1.33%, from 12.2k employees to 12.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Parkersburg, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,284 people), Retail Trade (1,846 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,256 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Parkersburg, WV, though some of these residents may live in Parkersburg, 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 Parkersburg, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,284 people), Retail Trade (1,846 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,256 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Parkersburg, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.45 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.37 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.37 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Parkersburg, WV, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,042), Utilities ($62,981), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,313).

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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. $19.6B

  2. $7.19B

  3. $6.22B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $19.6B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($7.19B) and Coal ($6.22B).

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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$72.2B

2020 Value

$86.9B

Projected 2045 Value

20.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound West Virginia trade was $72.2B. This is expected to increase 20.4% 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. $11B

  2. $7.36B

  3. $7.22B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Pennsylvania with $11B, followed by Ohio with $7.36B and Virginia and $7.22B.

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

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Health

90.8% of the population of Parkersburg, WV has health coverage, with 33% on employee plans, 30.2% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 0.878% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Parkersburg, WV see 1273 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.47% decrease from the previous year (1292 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1917 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 890 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

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1,273 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in West Virginia see an average of 1,273 patients per year. This represents a 1.47% decrease from the previous year (1,292 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%).

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

9.23%

Uninsured

33%

Employer Coverage

30.2%

Medicaid

14.1%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

0.878%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Parkersburg, WV declined by 22% from 11.8% to 9.23%.

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

Parkersburg, WV is home to a population of 30.6k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.928% of Parkersburg, WV residents were born outside of the country (284 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Parkersburg, WV is composed of 28.6k White Alone residents (93.4%), 813 Two or More Races residents (2.66%), 655 Black or African American Alone residents (2.14%), 371 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.21%), 85 Asian Alone residents (0.278%), 51 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.167%), 37 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.121%), and 21 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0686%).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.1

57

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Parkersburg, WV was 41.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 57. But people in Parkersburg, WV are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Parkersburg, WV residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.928%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

284 people

1.05%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

324 people

As of 2017, 0.928% of Parkersburg, WV residents (284 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 Parkersburg, WV was 1.05%, 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 Parkersburg, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Parkersburg, 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

    28.6k ± 285

  2. Two or More Races

    813 ± 188

  3. Black or African American Alone

    655 ± 155

In 2017, there were 35.1 times more White Alone residents (28.6k people) in Parkersburg, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 813 Two or More Races and 655 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 Parkersburg, WV as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    851 ± 152

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    330 ± 105

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    291 ± 101

Parkersburg, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.58 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Parkersburg, WV awarded 29 degrees. The student population of Parkersburg, WV is skewed towards women, with 13 male students and 65 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Parkersburg, WV are White (29 and 100%), followed by Asian (0 and 0%), Black or African American (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Parkersburg, WV by number of degrees awarded are Mountain State College (29 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Parkersburg, WV are Medical Assistant (13 and 44.8%), Accounting (4 and 13.8%), and Medical Transcription (3 and 10.3%).

The median tuition costs in Parkersburg, WV are $N/A 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. 13 degrees awarded

  2. 4 degrees awarded

  3. 3 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Parkersburg, WV was Medical Assistant with 13 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

29 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Parkersburg, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was Mountain State College with 29 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3

Degrees Awarded to Men

26

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Parkersburg, WV, which is 0.115 times less than the 26 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

    29 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    0 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Parkersburg, WV were to White students. These 29 degrees mean that there were N/A times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 0 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Parkersburg, WV was $87,600 in 2017, which is 0.381 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $86,100 to $87,600, a 1.74% increase. The homeownership rate in Parkersburg, WV is 61%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Parkersburg, WV have an average commute time of 17.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Parkersburg, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$87,600

2017 Median

± $2,656

$86,100

2016 Median

± $2,710

In 2017, the median property value in Parkersburg, WV grew to to $87,600 from the previous year's value of $86,100.

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

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Household Income

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$36,414

Median Household Income

± $2,073

13.1k

Number of Households

± 639

In 2017, the median household income of the 13.1k households in Parkersburg, WV grew to $36,414 from the previous year's value of $34,296.

The following chart displays the households in Parkersburg, 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

61%

2017 Homeownership

59.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61% of the housing units in Parkersburg, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.4%.

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

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Commute Time

17.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Parkersburg, WV have a shorter commute time (17.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.72% of the workforce in Parkersburg, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.9%

  2. Carpooled

    10.1%

  3. Walked

    3.4%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Parkersburg, WV was Drove Alone (80.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.1%) and those who Walked (3.4%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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