Mercer County, WV

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2020 Population
59,370
0.916% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
43.4
0.696% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
18.3%
7.59% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$40,716
0.167% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$100,900
4.34% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
22,194
0.289% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Mercer County, WV had a population of 59.4k people with a median age of 43.4 and a median household income of $40,716. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Mercer County, WV declined from 59,919 to 59,370, a −0.916% decrease and its median household income declined from $40,784 to $40,716, a −0.167% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Mercer County, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.92%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.45%), White (Hispanic) (0.758%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.47%).

None of the households in Mercer County, WV reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.6% of the residents in Mercer County, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mercer County, WV are Concord University (508 degrees awarded in 2020), Bluefield State College (310 degrees), and Mercer County Technical Education Center (72 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Mercer County, WV was $100,900, and the homeownership rate was 68.9%. Most people in Mercer County, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Mercer County, WV was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Mercer County, WV is home to a population of 59.4k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2020, 0.984% of Mercer County, WV residents were born outside of the country (584 people).

In 2020, there were 15.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53.3k people) in Mercer County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.52k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.46k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Mercer County, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    53.3k ± 373
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    3.52k ± 179
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.46k ± 421
1.21%
Hispanic Population
719 people

In 2020, there were 15.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53.3k people) in Mercer County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.52k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.46k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.21% of the people in Mercer County, WV are hispanic (719 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Mercer County, WV as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.984%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
584 people
0.961%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
576 people

As of 2020, 0.984% of Mercer County, WV residents (584 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Mercer County, WV was 0.961%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

43
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
49
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 17.4

In 2020, the median age of all people in Mercer County, WV was 43.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Mercer County, WV are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Mercer County, WV residents was 43.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    2,485 ± 1,223 people
  2. Philippines
    2,301 ± 1,177 people
  3. China
    2,228 ± 1,158 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was India, the natal country of 2,485 West Virginia residents, followed by Philippines with 2,301 and China with 2,228.

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Citizenship

99.6%
2020 Citizenship
99.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.6% of Mercer County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Mercer County, WV was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,961 ± 317
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    658 ± 212
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    399 ± 138

Mercer County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.98 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

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

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in West Virginia (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in West Virginia. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in West Virginia.

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Community Mobility

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

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Economy

Median household income in Mercer County, WV is $40,716. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Mercer County, WV was Census Tract 11 with a value of $53,646, followed by Census Tract 23 and Census Tract 24, with respective values of $50,539 and $49,189.

Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,089. The income inequality in West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.441, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Mercer County, WV employs 22.2k people. The largest industries in Mercer County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,144 people), Retail Trade (3,152 people), and Educational Services (2,850 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($105,748), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,287), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($64,667).

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,716
2020 value
± $2,669
−0.167%
1 Year Growth
± 8.07%

Households in Mercer County, WV have a median annual income of $40,716, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,784 in 2019, which represents a −0.167% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$59,317
Average Male Salary in West Virginia
± $2,250
$43,089
Average Female Salary in West Virginia
± $1,699

In 2020, full-time male employees in West Virginia made 1.38 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in West 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 West Virginia
  1. Asian
    $68,837 ± $25,490
  2. White
    $45,451 ± $1,344
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $42,271 ± $5,747

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of West Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.51 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in West Virginia.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in West Virginia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mercer County, WV is from West Virginia.
0.441
2020 Wage GINI in West Virginia
0.444
2019 Wage GINI in West Virginia

In 2020, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.441 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.729% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for West Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 11
  2. Census Tract 23
  3. Census Tract 24

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mercer County, WV was Census Tract 11 with a value of $53,646, followed by Census Tract 23 and Census Tract 24, with respective values of $50,539 and $49,189.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mercer County, WV (10.6k out of 58.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 55 - 64.

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
    9,339 ± 760
  2. Black
    976 ± 226
  3. Two Or More
    267 ± 151

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

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

22.2k
2020 Value
± 1,243
0.289%
1 Year growth
± 7.41%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Mercer County, WV grew at a rate of 0.289%, from 22.1k employees to 22.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mercer County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,655 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,131 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,876 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mercer County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mercer County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,655 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,131 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,876 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mercer County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.83 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.76 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mercer County, WV, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($69,653), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($65,352), and Construction & Extraction Occupations ($50,379).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22.2k
2020 Value
± 1,243
0.289%
1 Year growth
± 7.41%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Mercer County, WV grew at a rate of 0.289%, from 22.1k employees to 22.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mercer County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,144 people), Retail Trade (3,152 people), and Educational Services (2,850 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mercer County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Mercer 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 Mercer County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,144 people), Retail Trade (3,152 people), and Educational Services (2,850 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mercer County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4.25 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.19 times), and Educational Services (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mercer County, WV, by median earnings, are Utilities ($105,748), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,287), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($64,667).

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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. $8.42B
  2. $6.05B
  3. $5.79B

In 2020, the top outbound West Virginia product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $8.42B, followed by Coal ($6.05B) and Plastics/rubber ($5.79B).

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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$65.6B
2020 Value in West Virginia
$114B
Projected 2050 Value in West Virginia
74.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound West Virginia trade was $65.6B. This is expected to increase 74.3% to $114B by 2050.

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. $9.85B
  2. $5.83B
  3. $3.98B

In 2020, the top outbound West Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $9.85B, followed by Pennsylvania with $5.83B and Virginia and $3.98B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Mercer County, WV went to Donald J. Trump with 76.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (22.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.06%). The most partisan county was Grant County, WV with 88.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing the state of West Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

West Virginia is currently represented by 3 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 Mercer County, WV
76.5% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in West Virginia
  1. 88.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 85.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 85.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in West Virginia was Grant County, WV with 88.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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

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US Senators from West Virginia

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Joe Manchin
Senator from West Virginia1
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Carte Goodwin, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Robert Byrd.
Shelley Moore Capito
Senator from West Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing West 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 West Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from West Virginia

West Virginia is currently represented by 3 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 West Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Mercer County, WV awarded 890 degrees. The student population of Mercer County, WV is skewed towards women, with 1,119 male students and 2,018 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mercer County, WV are White (795 and 91.4%), followed by Black or African American (41 and 4.71%), Two or More Races (13 and 1.49%), and Asian (7 and 0.805%).

The largest universities in Mercer County, WV by number of degrees awarded are Concord University (508 and 57.1%), Bluefield State College (310 and 34.8%), and Mercer County Technical Education Center (72 and 8.09%).

The most popular majors in Mercer County, WV are General Studies (108 and 12.1%), Registered Nursing (97 and 10.9%), and Social Work (92 and 10.3%).

The median tuition cost in Mercer County, WV for a public four year colleges is $7,769 for in-state students and $16,027 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 41 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 108 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 60 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Mercer County, WV was Elementary Education & Teaching with 41 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 508 degrees awarded
  2. 310 degrees awarded
  3. 72 degrees awarded
$7,769
Median In-State Public

In 2020, the Mercer County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was Concord University with 508 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

303
Degrees Awarded to Men
587
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 303 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mercer County, WV, which is 0.516 times less than the 587 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Mercer County, WV by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    795 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    41 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    13 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Mercer County, WV was White students. These 795 degrees mean that there were 19.4 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 41 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mercer County, WV was $100,900 in 2020, which is 0.439 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $96,700 to $100,900, a 4.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Mercer County, WV is 68.9%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Mercer County, WV have an average commute time of 21.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Mercer County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$100,900
2020 Median
± $6,718
$96,700
2019 Median
± $4,797

In 2020, the median property value in Mercer County, WV grew to to $100,900 from the previous year's value of $96,700.

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

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Household Income

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$40,716
Median Household Income
± $2,669
25.1k
Number of Households
± 1,255

In 2020, the median household income of the 25.1k households in Mercer County, WV declined from $40,716 from the previous year's value of $40,784.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

68.9%
2020 Homeownership
69.5%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 68.9% of the housing units in Mercer County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Mercer County, WV compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mercer County, WV have a shorter commute time (21.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.22% of the workforce in Mercer County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (85.9%)
  2. Carpooled (8%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.24%)

In 2020, 85.9% of workers in Mercer County, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8%) and those who worked at home (3.24%).

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

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Health

94% of the population of Mercer County, WV has health coverage, with 36.1% on employee plans, 27.6% on Medicaid, 17.1% on Medicare, 10.4% on non-group plans, and 2.9% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Mercer County, WV see 1598 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.96% increase from the previous year (1494 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2176 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 725 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mingo County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (22.1%). Additionally, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,598 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Mercer County, WV

Primary care physicians in Mercer County, WV see an average of 1,598 patients per year. This represents a 6.96% increase from the previous year (1,494 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Mercer County, WV 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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$9,462
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in West Virginia
$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

5.96%
Uninsured
36.1%
Employer Coverage
27.6%
Medicaid
17.1%
Medicare
10.4%
Non-Group
2.9%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mercer County, WV declined by 5.93% from 6.33% to 5.96%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Mercer 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. 22.1% prevalence
  2. 20.9% prevalence
  3. 20.9% prevalence

Mingo County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in West Virginia, at 22.1%.

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

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