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Population in 2012: 229 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +5.5%
 

Males: 113  (49.4%)
Females: 116  (50.6%)

Median resident age:  41.0 years
West Virginia median age:  42.6 years

Zip codes: 26717.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $17,135 (it was $24,375 in 2000)
Elk Garden:

$17,135
WV:

$40,196
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $10,439

Elk Garden town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $51,283 (it was $38,200 in 2000)
Elk Garden:

$51,283
WV:

$100,400
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $56,464; Detached houses: $66,526; Mobile homes: $8,667

Median gross rent in 2012: $617.

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  • White alone - 228 (98.3%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (1.7%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Elk Garden: 84.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: English (33.5%), Irish (24.6%), German (15.1%), Dutch (7.3%), Polish (6.1%), Italian (1.1%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1890

Elevation: 2288 feet

Land area: 0.26 square miles.

Population density: 872 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Elk Garden:

  • High school or higher: 81.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 1.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 22.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 47.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Elk Garden town:

  • Never married: 27.6%
  • Now married: 49.7%
  • Separated: 3.5%
  • Widowed: 5.5%
  • Divorced: 13.6%

2 residents are foreign born

This town:  0.9%
West Virginia:  1.3%



According to our research of West Virginia and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Elk Garden, West Virginia as of December 21, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Elk Garden to the number of sex offenders is 115 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $575 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $467 (1.0%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pittsburgh, PA (85.1 miles , pop. 334,563).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (217.5 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Kitzmiller, MD (1.3 miles ), Swanton, MD (2.6 miles) , Bloomington, MD (2.8 miles ), Luke, MD (2.8 miles) , Piedmont, WV (2.9 miles ), Westernport, MD (3.0 miles ), Deer Park, MD (3.1 miles ), Franklin, MD (3.1 miles ).

Latitude: 39.39 N, Longitude: 79.15 W

Area code: 304

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.3%
West Virginia:

6.2%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -37 (-14.6%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (28%)
  • Utilities (24%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (17%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Information (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (47%)
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (24%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (16%)
  • Material moving workers except supervisors and laborers and material movers, hand (12%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (10%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Computer specialists (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (10%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Therapists (6%)
  • Customer service representatives (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)

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Tornado activity:

Elk Garden-area historical tornado activity is above West Virginia state average. It is 30% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/2/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 24.2 miles away from the Elk Garden town center injured 5 people and caused $6 million in damages.

On 5/19/1967, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 9.4 miles away from the town center killed one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Mineral County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 3, Floods: 2, Droughts: 2, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Elk Garden:

  • CORNELL STREET GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 10 miles away; KEYSER, WV)
  • HEARTLAND OF KEYSER (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; KEYSER, WV)
  • NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 10 miles away; KEYSER, WV)

Political contributions by individuals in Elk Garden, WV

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Elk Garden:

  • Frostburg State University (about 22 miles; Frostburg, MD; Full-time enrollment: 4,682)
  • Allegany College of Maryland (about 29 miles; Cumberland, MD; FT enrollment: 2,309)
  • West Virginia University (about 47 miles; Morgantown, WV; FT enrollment: 24,899)
  • Lord Fairfax Community College (about 54 miles; Middletown, VA; FT enrollment: 2,061)
  • Fairmont State University (about 55 miles; Fairmont, WV; FT enrollment: 3,770)
  • Shenandoah University (about 56 miles; Winchester, VA; FT enrollment: 2,432)
  • California University of Pennsylvania (about 62 miles; California, PA; FT enrollment: 7,429)

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Notable locations in Elk Garden: Elk Garden Volunteer Fire Department (A), Elk District Ambulance Service 1 (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Mineral County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 3.82. This is significantly better than average.
City:

3.82
U.S.:

31.96
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 2.58. This is about average. Closest monitor was 23.5 miles away from the city center.
City:

2.58
U.S.:

2.43
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.161. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 23.5 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.161
U.S.:

0.334


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 33.6%
(33.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents)

Average household size:
This town:  2.5 people
West Virginia:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  75.0%
Whole state:  65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  7.6%
Whole state:  6.6%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Elk Garden, WV

Elk Garden compared to West Virginia state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage 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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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Elk Garden travel time to work - commute


Elk Garden mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (36%)
  • Utility gas (35%)
  • Wood (14%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5%)
  • Coal or coke (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Elk Garden town (based on Mineral County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 42.84%
Here42.8%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchChurch of the BrethrenSouthern Baptist ConventionAssemblies of God
Adherents34.8%20.0%11.8%8.6%5.6%
Congregations39.1%4.3%13.0%8.7%10.1%
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents5.1%4.1%3.3%2.0%4.6%
Congregations5.8%4.3%1.4%1.4%11.6%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Mineral County:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.37 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 7
This county:

2.62 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Mineral County:

2.62 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 21
This county:

7.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Mineral County:

11.3%
West Virginia:

12.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Mineral County:

31.8%
State:

31.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

7.3%
State:

13.1%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$45
Totals for Government 0$0 1$45


5.45% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,350 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.45%
West Virginia average:

5.78%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Allegany County, MD  1.62% ($37,177 average AGI)
from Hampshire County, WV  0.46% ($23,617)
from Grant County, WV  0.26% ($41,308)


5.31% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,402 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.31%
West Virginia average:

5.65%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Allegany County, MD  1.50% ($30,730 average AGI)
to Hampshire County, WV  0.44% ($27,733)
to Grant County, WV  0.30% ($29,633)

Strongest AM radio stations in Elk Garden:

  • WFRB (560 AM; 5 kW; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: WTBO-WKGO CORPORATION, L.L.C.)
  • WKLP (1390 AM; 1 kW; KEYSER, WV; Owner: STARCAST SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • KDKA (1020 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WMSG (1050 AM; 1 kW; OAKLAND, MD; Owner: OAKLAND MEDIA GROUP, INC)
  • WVSC (990 AM; 10 kW; SOMERSET, PA; Owner: FOREVER OF JOHNSTOWN, INC.)
  • WCBC (1270 AM; 5 kW; CUMBERLAND, MD; Owner: CUMBERLAND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WKCW (1420 AM; 50 kW; WARRENTON, VA; Owner: WAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WELD (690 AM; daytime; 2 kW; FISHER, WV; Owner: SOUTH BRANCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WWVA (1170 AM; 53 kW; WHEELING, WV; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMET (1150 AM; 50 kW; GAITHERSBURG, MD; Owner: BELTWAY ACQUISITION CORPORATION)
  • WSVA (550 AM; 10 kW; HARRISONBURG, VA; Owner: M. BELMONT VERSTANDIG, INC.)
  • WLYE (850 AM; 10 kW; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: FOREVER OF JOHNSTOWN, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Elk Garden:

  • WWPN (101.1 FM; WESTERNPORT, MD; Owner: ERNEST F. SANTMYIRE)
  • W242AD (96.3 FM; OAKLAND, MD; Owner: FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WKHJ (104.5 FM; MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK, MD; Owner: SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS, INC.)
  • WQZK-FM (94.1 FM; KEYSER, WV; Owner: STARCAST SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • WFWM (91.9 FM; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WROG (102.9 FM; CUMBERLAND, MD; Owner: TSCHUDY RADIO, INC)
  • WKGO (106.1 FM; CUMBERLAND, MD; Owner: WTBO-WKGO CORPORATION, L.L.C.)
  • WLIC (97.1 FM; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: HE'S ALIVE, INC.)
  • WDZN (100.1 FM; ROMNEY, WV; Owner: CHARTER EQUITIES, INC.)
  • WQWV (103.7 FM; FISHER, WV; Owner: MCGUIRE BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WCBC-FM (107.1 FM; KEYSER, WV; Owner: PROSPERITAS BROADCASTING SYSTEM, L P)
  • WFRB-FM (105.3 FM; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: WTBO-WKGO CORPORATION, L.L.C.)
  • WWHC (92.3 FM; OAKLAND, MD; Owner: OAKLAND MEDIA GROUP, INC)
  • WKMM (96.7 FM; KINGWOOD, WV; Owner: MARPAT CORPORATION)
  • WVSB (104.1 FM; ROMNEY, WV; Owner: WEST VA. SCHS. FOR DEAF AND BLIND)
  • WQZS (93.3 FM; MEYERSDALE, PA; Owner: ROGER WAHL)
  • WVPM (90.9 FM; MORGANTOWN, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WAIJ (90.3 FM; GRANTSVILLE, MD; Owner: HE'S ALIVE, INC.)
  • WTRM (91.3 FM; WINCHESTER, VA; Owner: TIMBER RIDGE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WMXH-FM (105.7 FM; LURAY, VA; Owner: EASY RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Elk Garden:

  • WGPT (Channel 36; OAKLAND, MD; Owner: MARYLAND PUBLIC BROADCASTING COMMISSION)
  • W48AA (Channel 48; KEYSER, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)

Elk Garden fatal accident list:

Jun 22, 2011 11:36 AM, Sr-42, Lat: 39.36784722, Lon: -79.14598056, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Oct 23, 2010 00:23 AM, Us-50, Lat: 39.32201389, Lon: -79.153575, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Mar 14, 2008 06:25 AM, Sr-42, Lat: 39.350428, Lon: -79.134608, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Apr 23, 2008 04:50 PM, Cr-3, Lat: 39.417033, Lon: -79.085897, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Sep 25, 2008 04:20 PM, Us-50, Lat: 39.320489, Lon: -79.145594, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Apr 22, 1983 11:20 PM, 42, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1



FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • Thomas Jenkins, Jennings Randolph Lake (Lat: 39.420833 Lon: -79.111111), Type: 30.0, Overall height: 30 m
    Registrant: 4123957231, Thomas.E.Jenkins@usace.Army.Mil, 1000 LIBERTY AVE.
  • Thomas Jenkins, Jennings Randolph Lake (Lat: 39.420833 Lon: -79.111111), Type: 30.0, Overall height: 30 m
    Registrant: 4123957231, Thomas.E.Jenkins@usace.Army.Mil, 1000 LIBERTY AVE.

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • 1 Blk N St Rt 42 On County Rt 42 (Lat: 39.382889 Lon: -79.166417), Call Sign: KON334, Licensee ID: L00612003
    Assigned Frequencies: 33.6800 MHz, 33.7800 MHz, 33.8800 MHz, 33.9600 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/10/2003, Expiration Date: 02/26/2013, Cancellation Date: 05/04/2013
    Registrant: Elk District Vol Fire Department, Elk Garden, WV 26717
  • Rt 42 (Lat: 39.386500 Lon: -79.156972), Type: Building, Structure height: 4 m, Call Sign: WPHK520
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.890 MHz, 154.235 MHz, 154.445 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/18/2005, Expiration Date: 06/07/2015, Certifier: Dennis L Mc Gann
    Registrant: County Of Mineral, 392 Pine Swamp Road, Keyser, WV 26726, Phone: (304) 788-1821, Fax: (304) 788-4105, Email:
  • Jct 42 & Us 50 5 Mi S (Lat: 39.325667 Lon: -79.128639), Call Sign: KJU965, Licensee ID: L00038645
    Assigned Frequencies: 47.2800 MHz, 47.3600 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/14/2012, Expiration Date: 10/02/2022
    Registrant: State Of West Virginia Division Of Highways, Buckhannon, WV 26201, Phone: (304) 473-5337, Fax: (304) 473-4256, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: WD8BNV
    Grant Date: 08/24/1994, Expiration Date: 08/24/2004, Cancellation Date: 08/25/2006
    Registrant: Dam Operatrs At Blommington Dm, Jennings Randolph Lk Corps Of Engrs, Elk Garden, WV 26717


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 18
  • Hazardous Condition: 3
  • Service Call: 1
  • Good Intent Call: 1

Incident types - Elk Garden


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Most common first names in Elk Garden, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Charles1772.8 years
William1370.4 years
Mary976.3 years
George880.8 years
Thomas870.9 years
Robert870.1 years
John867.6 years
Lawrence775.5 years
James774.3 years
Harry671.0 years
Most common last names in Elk Garden, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Kitzmiller2277.1 years
Paugh1869.4 years
Streets1377.2 years
Willis969.9 years
Copeland876.1 years
Warnick873.0 years
Jones881.9 years
Evans773.0 years
Dawson777.0 years
Junkins679.2 years
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