Despard, West Virginia

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Population in 2010: 1,004. Population change since 2000: -3.4%
Males: 552  (55.0%)
Females: 452  (45.0%)
Median resident age:  41.5 years
West Virginia median age:  42.3 years

Zip codes: 26301.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $33,763 (it was $19,740 in 2000)
Despard:

$33,763
WV:

$43,385

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $17,845 (it was $9,562 in 2000)

Despard CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $63,201 (it was $28,900 in 2000)
Despard:

$63,201
WV:

$117,900

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $103,420; Detached houses: $113,632; Mobile homes: $34,833

Median gross rent in 2016: $534.

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  • Races in Despard, WV (2010)

    Despard races chart
    • 96896.4%White alone
    • 141.4%Black alone
    • 121.2%Two or more races
    • 101.0%Hispanic

Races in Despard detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Despard: 79.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (77.7%), Irish (5.9%), English (4.5%), European (4.4%), Italian (1.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1060 feet

Land area: 1.47 square miles.

Population density: 683 people per square mile   (low).

Despard,WV real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Despard:

  • High school or higher: 82.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 5.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.4%
  • Unemployed: 5.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Despard CDP:

  • Never married: 23.1%
  • Now married: 53.4%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 7.2%
  • Divorced: 14.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $536 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $312 (0.4%)

Despard satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pittsburgh, PA (82.1 miles , pop. 334,563).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (279.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Clarksburg, WV (1.1 miles ), Nutter Fort, WV (1.2 miles ), Stonewood, WV (1.5 miles ), Anmoore, WV (1.5 miles ), Bridgeport, WV (1.9 miles ), Spelter, WV (2.1 miles ), Gypsy, WV (2.4 miles ), Lumberport, WV (2.6 miles ).

Latitude: 39.28 N, Longitude: 80.31 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 304

Despard household income distribution Despard home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.2%
West Virginia:

6.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (20%)
  • Information (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Health care and social assistance (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Retail trade (43%)
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Other services, except public administration (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Material moving occupations (24%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (14%)
  • Transportation occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (34%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (25%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)

Work and jobs in Despard: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Despard, West Virginia

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Tornado activity:

Despard-area historical tornado activity is near West Virginia state average. It is 69% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/1/1986, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 25.0 miles away from the Despard place center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/3/1980, a category F3 tornado 28.0 miles away from the place center injured 19 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Despard-area historical earthquake activity is near West Virginia state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 152.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 166.5 miles away from Despard center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 209.5 miles away from the city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 175.5 miles away from the city center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 207.9 miles away from Despard center
On 1/26/2001 at 03:03:20, a magnitude 4.4 (3.9 MB, 4.4 LG, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 185.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Harrison County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 9, Landslides: 5, Winter Storms: 4, Mudslides: 3, Tornadoes: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Despard topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Despard:

  • FOWLER GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 1 miles away; CLARKSBURG, WV)
  • MONTICELLO GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 2 miles away; CLARKSBURG, WV)
  • HEARTLAND OF CLARKSBURG (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; CLARKSBURG, WV)
  • NUTTER FORT GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 2 miles away; NUTTER FORT, WV)
  • GENTLE DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 3 miles away; BRIDGEPORT, WV)
  • ADAMSTON GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 3 miles away; CLARKSBURG, WV)
  • MEADOWVIEW MANOR HEALTH CARE (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; BRIDGEPORT, WV)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Despard:

  • Fairmont State University (about 17 miles; Fairmont, WV; Full-time enrollment: 3,714)
  • West Virginia University (about 32 miles; Morgantown, WV; FT enrollment: 27,429)
  • Waynesburg University (about 44 miles; Waynesburg, PA; FT enrollment: 2,080)
  • California University of Pennsylvania (about 59 miles; California, PA; FT enrollment: 7,773)
  • West Liberty University (about 63 miles; West Liberty, WV; FT enrollment: 2,728)
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg (about 65 miles; Parkersburg, WV; FT enrollment: 2,619)
  • Westmoreland County Community College (about 77 miles; Youngwood, PA; FT enrollment: 4,669)

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Notable location: Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Despard include: Trinity Baptist Church (A), Summit Park Baptist Church (B), Despard Catholic Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Harrison County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
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Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 43.1. This is significantly better than average.

City:

43.1
U.S.:

74.7

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2000 was 20.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

20.0
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 8.83. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.83
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 11.0%
(10.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.5 people
West Virginia:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  67.0%
Whole state:  65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  6.7%
Whole state:  6.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.4
West Virginia average:

11.1

Despard travel time to work - commute Despard mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Despard CDP (based on Harrison County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant16,44293
Catholic8,6477
Evangelical Protestant8,40651
Other1,0694
Black Protestant1922
Orthodox1101
None34,233-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 13
Harrison County:

1.90 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
Harrison County:

1.17 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 33
Harrison County:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 55
Here:

8.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

14.1%
West Virginia:

12.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Harrison County:

32.7%
West Virginia:

31.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.2%
State:

13.1%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

42.3%
West Virginia:

50.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Despard:

45.4%
West Virginia:

47.3%

Average BMI:
Despard:

29.0
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Despard:

14.4%
State:

21.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
West Virginia:

6.9

Overweight people:
This city:

27.2%
West Virginia:

34.2%

General health condition:
Despard:

56.3%
State:

56.8%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

82.8%
West Virginia:

77.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Despard, WV Residents

4.49% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($41,187 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.49%
West Virginia average:

5.16%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Marion County, WV  0.56% ($42,345 average AGI)
from Monongalia County, WV  0.30% ($35,988)
from Lewis County, WV  0.27% ($37,014)


4.42% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($43,292 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.42%
West Virginia average:

5.13%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Marion County, WV  0.64% ($27,673 average AGI)
to Monongalia County, WV  0.46% ($33,818)
to Taylor County, WV  0.22% ($36,345)

Strongest AM radio stations in Despard:

  • WXKX (1340 AM; 1 kW; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: BURBACH OF DE, LLC)
  • WOBG (1400 AM; 1 kW; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: BURBACH OF DE, LLC)
  • WPDX (750 AM; daytime; 1 kW; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: TSCHUDY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WMMN (920 AM; 5 kW; FAIRMONT, WV; Owner: FANTASIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWVA (1170 AM; 53 kW; WHEELING, WV; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBUC (1460 AM; 5 kW; BUCKHANNON, WV; Owner: CAT RADIO, INC.)
  • KDKA (1020 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WTVN (610 AM; 50 kW; COLUMBUS, OH; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WAJR (1440 AM; 5 kW; MORGANTOWN, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WHAW (980 AM; 1 kW; WESTON, WV; Owner: STEPHEN R. PETERS)
  • WTCS (1490 AM; 1 kW; FAIRMONT, WV; Owner: FAIRMONT BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WKNR (850 AM; 50 kW; CLEVELAND, OH; Owner: CARON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCLG (1300 AM; 3 kW; MORGANTOWN, WV; Owner: BOWERS BROADCASTING CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Despard:

  • W220BZ (91.9 FM; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • WKJL (88.1 FM; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: HE'S ALIVE, INC.)
  • WDCI (104.1 FM; BRIDGEPORT, WV; Owner: WDCI RADIO, INC)
  • WZWA (90.1 FM; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: MARANATHA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WPDX-FM (104.9 FM; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: TSCHUDY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WGIE (92.7 FM; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: BURBACH OF DE, LLC)
  • WAJR-FM (103.3 FM; SALEM, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF SALEM)
  • WOBG-FM (105.7 FM; SALEM, WV; Owner: BURBACH OF DE, LLC)
  • WWLW (106.5 FM; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CLARKSBURG)
  • W297AA (107.3 FM; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WKKW (97.9 FM; FAIRMONT, WV; Owner: DESCENDANTS TRUST, LAUREN M.KELLEY, TRUSTEE)
  • WVPW (88.9 FM; BUCKHANNON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WGYE (102.7 FM; MANNINGTON, WV; Owner: BURBACH OF DE, LLC)
  • WDBS (97.1 FM; SUTTON, WV; Owner: SUMMIT MEDIA BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WFBY (102.3 FM; WESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WBVQ (93.1 FM; BARRACKVILLE, WV; Owner: CAT RADIO, INC.)
  • WVPM (90.9 FM; MORGANTOWN, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WBHZ (91.9 FM; ELKINS, WV; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WRLF (94.3 FM; FAIRMONT, WV; Owner: FAIRMONT BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBTQ (93.5 FM; BUCKHANNON, WV; Owner: ELKINS RADIO CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around Despard:

  • WBOY-TV (Channel 12; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA MEDIA HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • WVFX (Channel 46; CLARKSBURG, WV; Owner: DAVIS TELEVISION CLARKSBURG, LLC)
  • WDTV (Channel 5; WESTON, WV; Owner: WITHERS BROADCASTING COMPANY)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Despard)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • PK MTN, Pinnickinnick Hill - W. Brent Maxwell Telecommunications Site (Lat: 39.286528 Lon: -80.326778), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 146.3 m, Call Sign: WQAZ996, Licensee ID: L00123204
    Assigned Frequencies: 11645.0 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 6625.00 MHz, 6685.00 MHz, 6595.00 MHz, 6256.54 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 11245.0 MHz, 11525.0 MHz... (+33 more)Grant Date: 06/11/2014, Expiration Date: 09/03/2024, Certifier: Paul L NusbaumRegistrant: West Virginia Division Of Homeland Security And Emergency Management, 1900 Kanawha Blvd, E., Bldg 1 Room Eb-80, Charleston, WV 25305, Phone: (304) 558-5380, Email:

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (79%)
  • Electricity (19%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)

Despard compared to West Virginia state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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