Mineral County, WV

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Population

27,421

0.67% decline

Median Age

43.5


Median Household Income

$40,749

12.7% growth

Poverty Rate

14.8%


Number of Employees

11,195

2.64% growth

Median Property Value

$129,800

1.17% growth

About

In 2017, Mineral County, WV had a population of 27.4k people with a median age of 43.5 and a median household income of $40,749. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Mineral County, WV declined from 27,606 to 27,421, a -0.67% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,153 to $40,749, a 12.7% increase.

The population of Mineral County, WV is 94.2% White Alone, 3.35% Black or African American Alone, and 0.963% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Mineral County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mineral County, WV are Potomac State College of West Virginia University (288 degrees awarded in 2017) and Mineral County Vocational Technical Center (11 degrees).

The median property value in Mineral County, WV is $129,800, and the homeownership rate is 66.8%. Most people in Mineral County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Mineral 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 Mineral County, WV employs 11.2k people. The largest industries in Mineral County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,125 people), Manufacturing (2,065 people), and Retail Trade (1,432 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($56,855), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,734), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($50,435).

Median household income in Mineral County, WV is $40,749. Males in Mineral 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 Mineral County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,749

2017 value

± $2,290

12.7%

1 Year Growth

± 8.72%

Households in Mineral County, WV have a median annual income of $40,749, 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 $36,153 in 2016, which represents a 12.7% 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 Mineral 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 103

  2. Census Tract 102

  3. Census Tract 105

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mineral County, WV was Census Tract 103 with a value of $57,071, followed by Census Tract 102 and Census Tract 105, with respective values of $50,521 and $45,650.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Mineral 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

14.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mineral County, WV (3.93k out of 26.6k 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 Males < 5 and then Females 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

    3,585 ± 394

  2. Black

    283 ± 156

  3. Hispanic

    58 ± 115

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

11.2k

2017 Value

± 768

2.64%

1 Year growth

± 9.45%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mineral County, WV grew at a rate of 2.64%, from 10.9k employees to 11.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mineral County, WV, are Production Occupations (1,399 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,259 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,056 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mineral County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mineral County, WV, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,399 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,259 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,056 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mineral County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.16 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.97 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.9 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mineral County, WV, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($67,713), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($59,115), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,190).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.2k

2017 Value

± 768

2.64%

1 Year growth

± 9.45%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mineral County, WV grew at a rate of 2.64%, from 10.9k employees to 11.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mineral County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,125 people), Manufacturing (2,065 people), and Retail Trade (1,432 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mineral County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Mineral 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 Mineral County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,125 people), Manufacturing (2,065 people), and Retail Trade (1,432 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mineral County, WV has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.82 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.65 times), and Public Administration (1.44 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mineral County, WV, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($56,855), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,734), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($50,435).

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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

91.2% of the population of Mineral County, WV has health coverage, with 46.4% on employee plans, 17.9% on Medicaid, 15.2% on Medicare, 9.01% on non-group plans, and 2.63% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Mineral County, WV see 3431 patients per year on average, which represents a 12.9% decrease from the previous year (3940 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3046 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1305 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

3,431 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Mineral County, WV see an average of 3,431 patients per year. This represents a 12.9% decrease from the previous year (3,940 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Mineral 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

8.85%

Uninsured

46.4%

Employer Coverage

17.9%

Medicaid

15.2%

Medicare

9.01%

Non-Group

2.63%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mineral County, WV declined by 26.4% from 12% to 8.85%.

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

Mineral County, WV is home to a population of 27.4k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.554% of Mineral County, WV residents were born outside of the country (152 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Mineral County, WV is composed of 25.8k White Alone residents (94.2%), 918 Black or African American Alone residents (3.35%), 264 Two or More Races residents (0.963%), 238 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.868%), 101 Asian Alone residents (0.368%), 68 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.248%), 4 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0146%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 19.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Mineral County, WV was 43.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Mineral County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Mineral County, WV residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.554%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

152 people

0.511%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

141 people

As of 2017, 0.554% of Mineral County, WV residents (152 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 Mineral County, WV was 0.511%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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 Mineral County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Mineral 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

    25.8k ± 18

  2. Black or African American Alone

    918 ± 105

  3. Two or More Races

    264 ± 110

In 2017, there were 28.1 times more White Alone residents (25.8k people) in Mineral County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 918 Black or African American Alone and 264 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    740 ± 156

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    490 ± 180

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    323 ± 125

Mineral County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Mineral County, WV awarded 299 degrees. The student population of Mineral County, WV is skewed towards women, with 615 male students and 820 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mineral County, WV are White (246 and 83.1%), followed by Black or African American (35 and 11.8%), Two or More Races (8 and 2.7%), and Hispanic or Latino (5 and 1.69%).

The largest universities in Mineral County, WV by number of degrees awarded are Potomac State College of West Virginia University (288 and 96.3%) and Mineral County Vocational Technical Center (11 and 3.68%).

The most popular majors in Mineral County, WV are Liberal Arts & Sciences (151 and 50.5%), Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (25 and 8.36%), and Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (18 and 6.02%).

The median tuition costs in Mineral County, WV are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,248 and $10,752 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 151 degrees awarded

  2. 25 degrees awarded

  3. 18 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Mineral County, WV was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 151 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 288 degrees awarded

  2. 11 degrees awarded

$4,248

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Mineral County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was Potomac State College of West Virginia University with 288 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

143

Degrees Awarded to Men

156

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 143 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mineral County, WV, which is 0.917 times less than the 156 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Mineral County, WV by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    246 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    35 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    8 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Mineral County, WV were to White students. These 246 degrees mean that there were 7.03 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 35 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mineral County, WV was $129,800 in 2017, which is 0.565 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $128,300 to $129,800, a 1.17% increase. The homeownership rate in Mineral County, WV is 66.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Mineral County, WV have an average commute time of 28.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Mineral County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$129,800

2017 Median

± $10,986

$128,300

2016 Median

± $10,965

In 2017, the median property value in Mineral County, WV grew to to $129,800 from the previous year's value of $128,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Mineral 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 Mineral County, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$40,749

Median Household Income

± $2,290

11.3k

Number of Households

± 736

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.3k households in Mineral County, WV grew to $40,749 from the previous year's value of $36,153.

The following chart displays the households in Mineral County, WV distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

66.8%

2017 Homeownership

61.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.8% of the housing units in Mineral County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.1%.

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

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Commute Time

28.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mineral County, WV have a longer commute time (28.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.66% of the workforce in Mineral County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.3%

  2. Carpooled

    12.5%

  3. Walked

    2.21%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Mineral County, WV was Drove Alone (82.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.5%) and those who Walked (2.21%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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