Mercer County, WV

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2022 Population
59,530
0.604% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
43.3
0.23% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
18.8%
0.533% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$46,409
7.2% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$115,100
10.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
23,119
0.952% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Mercer County, WV had a population of 59.5k people with a median age of 43.3 and a median household income of $46,409. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Mercer County, WV declined from 59,892 to 59,530, a −0.604% decrease and its median household income grew from $43,293 to $46,409, a 7.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Mercer County, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.13%), Two+ (Hispanic) (0.554%), and White (Hispanic) (0.477%).

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.

99.7% of the residents in Mercer County, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mercer County, WV are Concord University (445 degrees awarded in 2022), Bluefield State University (250 degrees), and Mercer County Technical Education Center (81 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Mercer County, WV was $115,100, and the homeownership rate was 70%.

Most people in Mercer County, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Mercer County, WV was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Mercer County, WV is home to a population of 59.5k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.781% of Mercer County, WV residents were born outside of the country (465 people).

In 2022, there were 15.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53.1k people) in Mercer County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.45k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.86k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.7%
2022 Citizenship
99.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.7% of Mercer County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Mercer County, WV was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Mercer County, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    53.1k ± 493
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    3.45k ± 353
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.86k ± 613
1.3%
Hispanic Population
771 people

In 2022, there were 15.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53.1k people) in Mercer County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.45k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.86k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.3% of the people in Mercer County, WV are hispanic (771 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Mercer County, 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

0.781%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
465 people
0.968%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
580 people

As of 2022, 0.781% of Mercer County, WV residents (465 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 Mercer County, WV was 0.968%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,722 ± 309
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    572 ± 191
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    422 ± 177

Mercer County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Mercer County, WV employs 23.1k people. The largest industries in Mercer County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,671 people), Retail Trade (3,028 people), and Educational Services (2,936 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($118,277), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($77,738), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($77,672).

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

23.1k
2022 Value
± 1,355
0.952%
1 Year growth
± 8.02%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Mercer County, WV grew at a rate of 0.952%, from 22.9k employees to 23.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mercer County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,639 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,994 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,939 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mercer County, WV.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

23.1k
2022 Value
± 1,355
0.952%
1 Year growth
± 8.02%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Mercer County, WV grew at a rate of 0.952%, from 22.9k employees to 23.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mercer County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,671 people), Retail Trade (3,028 people), and Educational Services (2,936 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,778
Median earning men ± $3,561
$29,881
Median earning women ± $2,822

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($79,524), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,167), and Manufacturing ($54,731).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($43,500), Wholesale Trade ($41,250), and Information ($40,132).

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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. 633
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 278
    Retail Trade
  3. 229
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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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%).

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.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Mercer County, WV awarded 776 degrees. The student population of Mercer County, WV in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,238 male students and 1,938 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mercer County, WV are White (657 and 85.9%), followed by Black or African American (64 and 8.37%), Two or More Races (24 and 3.14%), and Unknown (12 and 1.57%).

The largest universities in Mercer County, WV by number of degrees awarded are Concord University (445 and 57.3%), Bluefield State University (250 and 32.2%), and Mercer County Technical Education Center (81 and 10.4%).

The most popular majors in Mercer County, WV are Social Work (101 and 13%), Registered Nursing (95 and 12.2%), and General Studies (94 and 12.1%).

The median tuition cost in Mercer County, WV for a public four year colleges is $8,690 for in-state students and $17,405 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Mercer County, WV, the percentage of applicants admitted was 93.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 26.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 3,176 (39% men and 61% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 3,176 students enrolled in Mercer County, WV, 39% men and 61% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,486 records, of which 66.1% were women and 33.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 35 degrees awarded
  2. 94 degrees awarded
  3. 63 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Mercer County, WV was General Biological Sciences with 35 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 445 degrees awarded
  2. 250 degrees awarded
  3. 81 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Concord University with 445 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 270 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mercer County, WV, which is 0.534 times less than the 506 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 657 degrees mean that there were 10.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 64 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($8,690) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($780) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,300) 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 Mercer County, WV was $115,100 in 2022, which is 0.408 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $104,100 to $115,100, a 10.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Mercer County, WV is 70%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Mercer County, WV have an average commute time of 23.4 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.

Median household income in Mercer County, WV is $46,409. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Mercer County, WV was Census Tract 9 with a value of $60,673, followed by Census Tract 11 and Census Tract 24, with respective values of $59,750 and $57,198.

In 2022, 11.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Mercer County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.17%.

Property

$115,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,585
$17,118
Median Property Taxes
±$1,024

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

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Rent vs Own

70%
Homeownership
2022
67.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 70% of the housing units in Mercer County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9
  2. Census Tract 11
  3. Census Tract 24

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mercer County, WV was Census Tract 9 with a value of $60,673, followed by Census Tract 11 and Census Tract 24, with respective values of $59,750 and $57,198.

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

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Household Income

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$46,409
Median Household Income
± $2,813
24.5k
Number of Households
± 1,321

In 2022, the median household income of the 24.5k households in Mercer County, WV grew to $46,409 from the previous year's value of $43,293.

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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mercer 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 (84.9%)
  2. Carpooled (6.34%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.76%)

In 2022, 84.9% of workers in Mercer County, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.34%) and those who worked at home (4.76%).

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mercer County, WV have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.76% of the workforce in Mercer County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 11.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Mercer County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.17%.

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Poverty & Diversity

18.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mercer County, WV (10.9k out of 57.9k 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 Females 45 - 54 and then Females 55 - 64.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 24.3% of the children was living in poverty in Mercer County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 461 in Mercer County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 120 per 100,000 population.

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Health

93.6% of the population of Mercer County, WV has health coverage, with 37.7% on employee plans, 26.7% on Medicaid, 16.7% on Medicare, 10.6% on non-group plans, and 1.9% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Mercer County, WV see 1728 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.14% increase from the previous year (1598 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2158 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 685 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.1% were men and 51.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,728 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Mercer County, WV

Primary care physicians in Mercer County, WV see an average of 1,728 patients per year. This represents a 8.14% increase from the previous year (1,598 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.1% under 18 years, 18.9% between 18 and 34 years, 37.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.1% were men and 51.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.44%
Uninsured
37.7%
Employer Coverage
26.7%
Medicaid
16.7%
Medicare
10.6%
Non-Group
1.9%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mercer County, WV declined by 3.87% from 6.7% to 6.44%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 81.9 in Mercer 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 39.5% in Mercer County, WV.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.85% in Mercer County, WV.

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