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West Virginia State Profile

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Population

  • With 1,816,856 residents in 2005, West Virginia is the 37th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of West Virginia grew 0.5 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate well below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • The race/ethnic composition in West Virginia has not changed much in recent years – as it has in most other states across the U.S. (see below)

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 94.7% 94.7% 94.6% 94.6% 94.5% 94.4%
Hispanic, Latino 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.8% 0.8% 0.9%
African-American 3.2% 3.2% 3.2% 3.2% 3.2% 3.2%
Native American, AK Native 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
Asian, Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.6% 0.6%
Two or More Races 0.7% 0.7% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

West Virginia - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in West Virginia are Charleston, Huntington-Ashland, Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, and Wheeling.
  • Charleston (the capital of MS) had an estimated population of 306,435 in 2005 – the 150th largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Huntington in 2005 was 286,012 – the 156th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Parkersburg was the 234th largest metropolitan area with 162,529 residents.
  • Wheeling had 148,677 residents – the 252nd largest MSA in the U.S.

West Virginia - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, West Virginia had the 2nd lowest personal income per capita among the 50 states ($25,792 per resident).
  • West Virginia’s personal income relative to the U.S. rose from 73 percent in 1960 to 81 percent in 1975 and fell to 78 percent in 2004 – and still remains well below the U.S. average (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in West Virginia as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
West Virginia per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, West Virginia has the 4th highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (18.0%) and the 4th highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (25.6%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

West Virginia - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, West Virginia ranked 36th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (86.0%).
  • West Virginia ranked 50th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (18.7%) and 44th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (7.3%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, West Virginia has a larger percentage of adults who have less than a high school education, a much larger percentage who have completed just a high school diploma, and smaller percentages with college degrees (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – West Virginia and the U.S. Average
West Virginia education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

West Virginia - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, West Virginia had the 20th lowest unemployment rate of all states – 5.0 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, West Virginia has larger percentages of its workforce employed in construction, production and transportation, and service occupations, and smaller percentages employed in management, professional, and sales and office occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • By industry in West Virginia – relative to the U.S. average – there are larger percentages of employment in public administration, recreation services, education and healthcare, transportation and utilities, retail trade, and agriculture and mining industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • West Virginia ranked last among the 50 states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

West Virginia - Health and Well-Being

  • 16.4 percent of West Virginia residents do not have health insurance – the 15th highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 27.6 percent of West Virginia residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – much higher than the national average of 23.1 percent, and the state with the 3rd highest rate of obesity in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In West Virginia, 227 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – the 2nd highest rate among states (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of West Virginia residents (383 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 (the 5th highest rate among states) – higher than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), West Virginia ranked 41st among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

West Virginia - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, West Virginia had the 15th lowest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (271 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 2,506 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in West Virginia – well below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • West Virginia had the 9th lowest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 280 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in West Virginia has remained well below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – West Virginia and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – West Virginia and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

West Virginia Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in West Virginia ranges from $15,992 in Clay County to $34,208 in Kanawha County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 5.9 percent in McDowell County to 36.0 percent in Monongalia County (a ratio of more than 6 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

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