Upshur County, WV

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2020 Population
24,451
0.208% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
42
0.719% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
19.7%
4.64% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$40,802
1.19% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$118,400
0.504% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
10,030
0.713% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Upshur County, WV had a population of 24.5k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $40,802. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Upshur County, WV declined from 24,502 to 24,451, a −0.208% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,322 to $40,802, a 1.19% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Upshur County, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (94.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.92%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.81%), White (Hispanic) (0.761%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.315%).

None of the households in Upshur 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.

99.5% of the residents in Upshur County, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Upshur County, WV are West Virginia Wesleyan College (313 degrees awarded in 2020) and Fred W Eberle Technical Center (113 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Upshur County, WV was $118,400, and the homeownership rate was 76.1%. Most people in Upshur County, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Upshur County, WV was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Upshur County, WV is home to a population of 24.5k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2020, 0.552% of Upshur County, WV residents were born outside of the country (135 people).

In 2020, there were 49.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.1k people) in Upshur County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 469 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 443 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Upshur County, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    23.1k ± 249
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    469 ± 92
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    443 ± 262
1.37%
Hispanic Population
334 people

In 2020, there were 49.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.1k people) in Upshur County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 469 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 443 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.37% of the people in Upshur County, WV are hispanic (334 people).

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.552%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
135 people
0.559%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
137 people

As of 2020, 0.552% of Upshur County, WV residents (135 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 Upshur County, WV was 0.559%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

42
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.8
35
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 22.1

In 2020, the median age of all people in Upshur County, WV was 42. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Upshur County, WV are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Upshur County, WV residents was 42.

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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

99.5%
2020 Citizenship
99.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.5% of Upshur County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Upshur County, WV was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    693 ± 221
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    283 ± 118
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    219 ± 121

Upshur County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.45 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 Upshur County, WV is $40,802. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Upshur County, WV was Census Tract 9669 with a value of $52,418, followed by Census Tract 9667 and Census Tract 9666, with respective values of $51,927 and $40,673.

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 Upshur County, WV employs 10k people. The largest industries in Upshur County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,230 people), Retail Trade (1,158 people), and Educational Services (969 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,861), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,083), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($57,031).

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,802
2020 value
± $3,743
1.19%
1 Year Growth
± 11.8%

Households in Upshur County, WV have a median annual income of $40,802, 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 $40,322 in 2019, which represents a 1.19% 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 Upshur 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 9669
  2. Census Tract 9667
  3. Census Tract 9666

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Upshur County, WV was Census Tract 9669 with a value of $52,418, followed by Census Tract 9667 and Census Tract 9666, with respective values of $51,927 and $40,673.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 45 - 54
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Upshur County, WV (4.55k out of 23.1k 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 45 - 54, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males < 5.

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
    4,370 ± 480
  2. Two Or More
    96 ± 146
  3. Black
    66 ± 118

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Upshur County, 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

10k
2020 Value
± 779
0.713%
1 Year growth
± 10.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Upshur County, WV grew at a rate of 0.713%, from 9.96k employees to 10k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Upshur County, WV, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,118 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,067 people), and Management Occupations (828 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Upshur County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Upshur County, WV, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,118 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,067 people), and Management Occupations (828 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Upshur County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (2.91 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.98 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.64 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Upshur County, WV, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($90,074), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($75,278), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($72,031).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

10k
2020 Value
± 779
0.713%
1 Year growth
± 10.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Upshur County, WV grew at a rate of 0.713%, from 9.96k employees to 10k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Upshur County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,230 people), Retail Trade (1,158 people), and Educational Services (969 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Upshur County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Upshur 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 Upshur County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,230 people), Retail Trade (1,158 people), and Educational Services (969 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Upshur County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (11.8 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.59 times), and Utilities (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Upshur County, WV, by median earnings, are Utilities ($65,861), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,083), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($57,031).

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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 Upshur County, WV went to Donald J. Trump with 76% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (22.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.63%). 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 Upshur County, WV
76% 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 Upshur County, WV awarded 426 degrees. The student population of Upshur County, WV is skewed towards women, with 497 male students and 645 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Upshur County, WV are White (377 and 91.7%), followed by Black or African American (12 and 2.92%), Two or More Races (11 and 2.68%), and Unknown (4 and 0.973%).

The largest universities in Upshur County, WV by number of degrees awarded are West Virginia Wesleyan College (313 and 73.5%) and Fred W Eberle Technical Center (113 and 26.5%).

The most popular majors in Upshur County, WV are General Business (41 and 9.62%), Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (39 and 9.15%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (26 and 6.1%).

The median tuition cost in Upshur County, WV for private four year colleges is $31,074.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 18 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 16 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 21 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Upshur County, WV was General Biological Sciences with 18 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 313 degrees awarded
  2. 113 degrees awarded
$31,074
Median Private

In 2020, the Upshur County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Virginia Wesleyan College with 313 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

172
Degrees Awarded to Men
254
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 172 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Upshur County, WV, which is 0.677 times less than the 254 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    377 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    12 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    11 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Upshur County, WV was White students. These 377 degrees mean that there were 31.4 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 12 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Upshur County, WV was $118,400 in 2020, which is 0.515 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $119,000 to $118,400, a 0.504% decrease. The homeownership rate in Upshur County, WV is 76.1%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Upshur County, WV have an average commute time of 24.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Upshur County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$118,400
2020 Median
± $7,740
$119,000
2019 Median
± $7,814

In 2020, the median property value in Upshur County, WV declined from to $118,400 from the previous year's value of $119,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Upshur 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 Upshur County, 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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$40,802
Median Household Income
± $3,743
9.59k
Number of Households
± 709

In 2020, the median household income of the 9.59k households in Upshur County, WV grew to $40,802 from the previous year's value of $40,322.

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

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Rent vs Own

76.1%
2020 Homeownership
73.7%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 76.1% of the housing units in Upshur County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.7%.

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

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Commute Time

24.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Upshur County, WV have a shorter commute time (24.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.88% of the workforce in Upshur County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.5%)
  2. Worked At Home (6.69%)
  3. Carpooled (5.38%)

In 2020, 79.5% of workers in Upshur County, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (6.69%) and those who carpooled to work (5.38%).

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

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Health

92.3% of the population of Upshur County, WV has health coverage, with 39.7% on employee plans, 24.7% on Medicaid, 15.1% on Medicare, 10.2% on non-group plans, and 2.58% 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 Upshur County, WV see 2035 patients per year on average, which represents a 16.8% decrease from the previous year (2446 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2418 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1209 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

2,035 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Upshur County, WV

Primary care physicians in Upshur County, WV see an average of 2,035 patients per year. This represents a 16.8% decrease from the previous year (2,446 patients).

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

7.68%
Uninsured
39.7%
Employer Coverage
24.7%
Medicaid
15.1%
Medicare
10.2%
Non-Group
2.58%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Upshur County, WV grew by 3.8% from 7.4% to 7.68%.

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