Beckley, WV

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
114,848
0.98% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
43.3
0.231% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
21.8%
0.656% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$48,859
9.88% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$118,700
12.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
40,967
2.6% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Beckley, WV had a population of 115k people with a median age of 43.3 and a median household income of $48,859. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Beckley, WV declined from 115,985 to 114,848, a −0.98% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,466 to $48,859, a 9.88% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Beckley, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (88.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.16%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.76%), White (Hispanic) (0.528%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.522%).

None of the households in Beckley, 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 Beckley, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Beckley, WV are New River Community and Technical College (327 degrees awarded in 2022), West Virginia University Institute of Technology (189 degrees), and Academy of Careers and Technology (91 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Beckley, WV was $118,700, and the homeownership rate was 75.3%.

Most people in Beckley, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Beckley, WV was 2 cars per household.

Beckley, WV borders Bluefield, WV-VA and Charleston, WV.

Population & Diversity

Beckley, WV is home to a population of 115k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.858% of Beckley, WV residents were born outside of the country (985 people).

In 2022, there were 14.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (102k people) in Beckley, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.07k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.17k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.6%
2022 Citizenship
99.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.6% of Beckley, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Beckley, WV was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Beckley, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    102k ± 264
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    7.07k ± 382
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    3.17k ± 471
1.52%
Hispanic Population
1.74k people

In 2022, there were 14.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (102k people) in Beckley, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.07k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.17k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.52% of the people in Beckley, WV are hispanic (1.74k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,064 ± 1,115 people
  2. Germany
    1,923 ± 1,076 people
  3. China
    1,815 ± 1,045 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,064 West Virginia residents, followed by Germany with 1,923 and China with 1,815.

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Foreign-Born Population

0.858%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
985 people
0.839%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
973 people

As of 2022, 0.858% of Beckley, WV residents (985 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 Beckley, WV was 0.839%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,326 ± 304
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,415 ± 302
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    977 ± 238

Beckley, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.64 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Beckley, WV employs 41k people. The largest industries in Beckley, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,936 people), Retail Trade (6,194 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,769 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($88,087), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($86,673), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,850).

Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,743. The income inequality in West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.449, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

41k
2022 Value
± 1,801
−2.6%
1 Year decline
± 6.41%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Beckley, WV declined at a rate of −2.6%, from 42.1k employees to 41k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Beckley, WV, are Sales & Related Occupations (5,576 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,122 people), and Management Occupations (2,952 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Beckley, WV.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

41k
2022 Value
± 1,801
−2.6%
1 Year decline
± 6.41%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Beckley, WV declined at a rate of −2.6%, from 42.1k employees to 41k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Beckley, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,936 people), Retail Trade (6,194 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,769 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Beckley, WV, though some of these residents may live in Beckley, 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

$44,094
Median earning men ± $2,422
$31,298
Median earning women ± $1,569

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($86,180), Information ($65,536), and Public Administration ($60,750).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($88,529), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($41,762), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($40,703).

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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. 1,432
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 587
    Retail Trade
  3. 533
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in West Virginia went to Donald J. Trump with 68.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (29.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.34%).

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

In 2022, universities in Beckley, WV awarded 727 degrees. The student population of Beckley, WV in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,292 male students and 1,747 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Beckley, WV are White (597 and 83.5%), followed by Black or African American (50 and 6.99%), Unknown (31 and 4.34%), and Two or More Races (24 and 3.36%).

The largest universities in Beckley, WV by number of degrees awarded are New River Community and Technical College (327 and 45%), West Virginia University Institute of Technology (189 and 26%), and Academy of Careers and Technology (91 and 12.5%).

The most popular majors in Beckley, WV are Medical Assistant (65 and 8.94%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (50 and 6.88%), and General Studies (44 and 6.05%).

The median tuition costs in Beckley, WV are $15,220 for private four year colleges, and $7,848 and $19,584 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Beckley, WV, the percentage of applicants admitted was 66.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 57.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 3,039 (42.5% men and 57.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 3,039 students enrolled in Beckley, WV, 42.5% men and 57.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,421 records, of which 60.9% were women and 39.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 35 degrees awarded
  2. 60 degrees awarded
  3. 50 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Beckley, WV was General Cosmetology with 35 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Beckley, WV according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 327 degrees awarded
  2. 189 degrees awarded
  3. 91 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was New River Community and Technical College with 327 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 338 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Beckley, WV, which is 0.869 times less than the 389 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 597 degrees mean that there were 11.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 50 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($15,220) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,830) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,400) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

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 Beckley, WV was $118,700 in 2022, which is 0.421 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $105,500 to $118,700, a 12.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Beckley, WV is 75.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Beckley, WV have an average commute time of 26.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Beckley, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Beckley, WV is $48,859. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Beckley, WV was Jefferson County, WV with a value of $93,744, followed by Putnam County, WV and Berkeley County, WV, with respective values of $75,725 and $73,619.

Property

$118,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,022
$34,128
Median Property Taxes
±$1,455

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 Beckley, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

75.3%
Homeownership
2022
63.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.3% of the housing units in Beckley, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Beckley, WV was Jefferson County, WV with a value of $93,744, followed by Putnam County, WV and Berkeley County, WV, with respective values of $75,725 and $73,619.

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Household Income

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$48,859
Median Household Income
± $3,519
45.3k
Number of Households
± 1,726

In 2022, the median household income of the 45.3k households in Beckley, WV grew to $48,859 from the previous year's value of $44,466.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Beckley, 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 (82%)
  2. Carpooled (9.69%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.14%)

In 2022, 82% of workers in Beckley, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.69%) and those who worked at home (5.14%).

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Commute Time

26.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Beckley, WV have a shorter commute time (26.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.31% of the workforce in Beckley, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

21.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Beckley, WV (24k out of 110k 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 55 - 64, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Beckley, 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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Health

94% of the population of Beckley, WV has health coverage, with 33.9% on employee plans, 26.1% on Medicaid, 14.5% on Medicare, 17.1% on non-group plans, and 2.54% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in West Virginia see 1270 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.626% decrease from the previous year (1278 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1740 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 670 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,270 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in West Virginia

Primary care physicians in West Virginia see an average of 1,270 patients per year. This represents a 0.626% decrease from the previous year (1,278 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.9% under 18 years, 16.8% between 18 and 34 years, 38.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.96%
Uninsured
33.9%
Employer Coverage
26.1%
Medicaid
14.5%
Medicare
17.1%
Non-Group
2.54%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Beckley, WV declined by 7.15% from 6.42% to 5.96%.

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