Preston County, WV

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2022 Population
34,206
0.175% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
42.5
2.3% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
13.8%
4.45% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$60,136
7.86% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$147,400
14.4% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Preston County, WV had a population of 34.2k people with a median age of 42.5 and a median household income of $60,136. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Preston County, WV declined from 34,266 to 34,206, a −0.175% decrease and its median household income grew from $55,755 to $60,136, a 7.86% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Preston County, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (88.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.01%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.38%), White (Hispanic) (1.54%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.526%).

None of the households in Preston 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.

98.9% of the residents in Preston County, WV are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Preston County, WV was $147,400, and the homeownership rate was 80.7%.

Most people in Preston County, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 31.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Preston County, WV was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Preston County, WV is home to a population of 34.2k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.51% of Preston County, WV residents were born outside of the country (517 people).

In 2022, there were 14.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (30.3k people) in Preston County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.06k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 815 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.9%
2022 Citizenship
99%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.9% of Preston County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Preston County, WV was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Preston County, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    30.3k ± 368
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.06k ± 96
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    815 ± 372
2.33%
Hispanic Population
797 people

In 2022, there were 14.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (30.3k people) in Preston County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.06k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 815 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.33% of the people in Preston County, WV are hispanic (797 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

1.51%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
517 people
1.23%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
421 people

As of 2022, 1.51% of Preston County, WV residents (517 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Preston County, WV was 1.23%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    685 ± 156
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    450 ± 137
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    415 ± 125

Preston County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Preston County, WV employs 13.4k people. The largest industries in Preston County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,347 people), Retail Trade (1,481 people), and Educational Services (1,345 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($78,471), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($72,315), and Utilities ($63,011).

Occupations

13.4k
2022 Value
± 770
−0.982%
1 Year decline
± 8.04%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Preston County, WV declined at a rate of −0.982%, from 13.5k employees to 13.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Preston County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,565 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,268 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,159 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Preston County, WV.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

13.4k
2022 Value
± 770
−0.982%
1 Year decline
± 8.04%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Preston County, WV declined at a rate of −0.982%, from 13.5k employees to 13.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Preston County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,347 people), Retail Trade (1,481 people), and Educational Services (1,345 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Preston County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Preston County, WV and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,330
Median earning men ± $2,767
$31,000
Median earning women ± $2,809

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($72,315), Public Administration ($65,167), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($59,185).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($59,000), Wholesale Trade ($43,304), and Public Administration ($39,635).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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0.583%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 690k people employed in West Virginia. This represents a 0.583% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 15%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 173
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 108
    Retail Trade
  3. 106
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Preston County, WV went to Donald J. Trump with 76.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (21.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.15%).

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 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

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.

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US Representatives from West Virginia

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 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

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.661% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.559% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (549k), Some college (279k), and Secondary Education (210k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Preston County, WV was $147,400 in 2022, which is 0.523 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $128,800 to $147,400, a 14.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Preston County, WV is 80.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Preston County, WV have an average commute time of 31.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Preston County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Preston County, WV is $60,136. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Preston County, WV was Census Tract 9640 with a value of $64,934, followed by Census Tract 9644 and Census Tract 9643, with respective values of $58,895 and $55,685.

Property

$147,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,435
$10,190
Median Property Taxes
±$568

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Preston County, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

80.7%
Homeownership
2022
64.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 80.7% of the housing units in Preston County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 80.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9640
  2. Census Tract 9644
  3. Census Tract 9643

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Preston County, WV was Census Tract 9640 with a value of $64,934, followed by Census Tract 9644 and Census Tract 9643, with respective values of $58,895 and $55,685.

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

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Household Income

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$60,136
Median Household Income
± $3,189
12.6k
Number of Households
± 682

In 2022, the median household income of the 12.6k households in Preston County, WV grew to $60,136 from the previous year's value of $55,755.

The following chart displays the households in Preston 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Preston County, WV is from West Virginia.
0.449
2022 Wage GINI in West Virginia
0.447
2021 Wage GINI in West Virginia

In 2022, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.449 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.523% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76.4%)
  2. Carpooled (15.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.18%)

In 2022, 76.4% of workers in Preston County, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (15.3%) and those who worked at home (6.18%).

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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Commute Time

31.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Preston County, WV have a longer commute time (31.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.33% of the workforce in Preston County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

13.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Preston County, WV (4.21k out of 30.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Males 45 - 54.

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

93.4% of the population of Preston County, WV has health coverage, with 46.1% on employee plans, 18.3% on Medicaid, 16.7% on Medicare, 10.7% on non-group plans, and 1.63% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Preston County, WV see 2572 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.41% increase from the previous year (2417 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3709 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 4769 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.9% were men and 50.1% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,572 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Preston County, WV

Primary care physicians in Preston County, WV see an average of 2,572 patients per year. This represents a 6.41% increase from the previous year (2,417 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Preston County, WV in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21% under 18 years, 19% between 18 and 34 years, 38.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.9% were men and 50.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.6%
Uninsured
46.1%
Employer Coverage
18.3%
Medicaid
16.7%
Medicare
10.7%
Non-Group
1.63%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Preston County, WV grew by 1.75% from 6.48% to 6.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Preston County, WV changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 58.5 in Preston County, WV.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 42.7% in Preston County, WV.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.47% in Preston County, WV.

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