Upper Falls, West Virginia

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Population in 2010: 3,701.
Males: 1,553  (42.0%)
Females: 2,148  (58.0%)
Median resident age:

42.5 years
West Virginia median age:

42.4 years
Estimated median household income in 2017: $42,197
Upper Falls:

$42,197
WV:

$43,469

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $26,546

Upper Falls CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $111,900
Upper Falls:

$111,900
WV:

$119,800

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $116,855; detached houses: $125,621; townhouses or other attached units: $100,608; mobile homes: $32,679

Median gross rent in 2017: $510.

March 2019 cost of living index in Upper Falls: 85.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 13.0%
(12.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 54.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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  • Races in Upper Falls, WV (2010)
    • 3,57696.6%White alone
    • 431.2%Two or more races
    • 411.1%Black alone
    • 150.4%Hispanic
    • 120.3%American Indian alone
    • 100.3%Asian alone
    • 40.1%Other race alone

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

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Ancestries: English (34.8%), American (26.5%), German (11.7%), Irish (8.1%), Scottish (3.0%), Italian (1.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 610 feet

45 residents are foreign born

This place:

1.2%
West Virginia:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $907 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $513 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Charleston, WV (11.5 miles , pop. 53,421).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Columbus, OH (129.5 miles , pop. 711,470).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (376.9 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Tornado, WV (0.5 miles ),
St. Albans, WV (1.7 miles ),
Jefferson, WV (2.0 miles ),
Alum Creek, WV (2.1 miles ),
Nitro, WV (2.3 miles ),
Dunbar, WV (2.4 miles ),
Cross Lanes, WV (2.7 miles ),
South Charleston, WV (2.7 miles )

Latitude: 38.34 N, Longitude: 81.84 W

Distribution of median household income in Upper Falls, WV in 2017
Distribution of house value in Upper Falls, WV in 2017
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.0%
West Virginia:

5.3%
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 62.8. This is about average.

City:

62.8
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.230. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.230
U.S.:

0.267
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.497. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.497
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 21.3. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 11.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.3
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2015 was 11.1. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.1
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.56. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.56
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 0.00349. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00349
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Upper Falls-area historical tornado activity is slightly below West Virginia state average. It is 74% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/23/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 38.2 miles away from the Upper Falls place center killed 7 people and injured 93 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 4/8/1965, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 36.7 miles away from the place center injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Upper Falls-area historical earthquake activity is near West Virginia state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 114.3 miles away from the city center
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) earthquake occurred 230.9 miles away from the city center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 111.3 miles away from Upper Falls center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 79.2 miles away from Upper Falls center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 82.3 miles away from Upper Falls center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 228.3 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 Kanawha County (27) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 21
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 15, Storms: 14, Landslides: 8, Winter Storms: 5, Hurricanes: 3, Mudslides: 3, Blizzard: 1, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Upper Falls:

  • HANSFORD STREET GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 4 miles away; SAINT ALBANS, WV)
  • HUDSON STREET GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 4 miles away; SAINT ALBANS, WV)
  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER - RIVERSIDE (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; SAINT ALBANS, WV)
  • VALLEY CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV)
  • ARC GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 6 miles away; DUNBAR, WV)
  • KANAWHA HOSPICE CARE, INC. (Hospital, about 6 miles away; DUNBAR, WV)
  • FMC - KANAWHA COUNTY (Dialysis Facility, about 7 miles away; DUNBAR, WV)

Amtrak station near Upper Falls:

  • 11 miles: CHARLESTON (350 MCCORKLE AVE. SE) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Upper Falls:

  • West Virginia State University (about 5 miles; Institute, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,133)
  • Marshall University (about 33 miles; Huntington, WV; FT enrollment: 11,450)
  • Ashland Community and Technical College (about 45 miles; Ashland, KY; FT enrollment: 2,482)
  • New River Community and Technical College (about 51 miles; Beckley, WV; FT enrollment: 2,234)
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg (about 64 miles; Parkersburg, WV; FT enrollment: 2,619)
  • Shawnee State University (about 68 miles; Portsmouth, OH; FT enrollment: 4,160)
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College (about 69 miles; Prestonsburg, KY; FT enrollment: 2,660)

Public high school in Upper Falls:

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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Upper Falls: Upper Falls Landing (A), Upper Falls Siding (B), Big Bend Golf Course (C), Tornado Volunteer Fire Department (D), Coal River Group Science & Education Center (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Upper Falls include: Browns Creek Church (A), Mount Tabor Church (B), Humphreys Memorial United Methodist Church (C), New Hope Church (D), Pleasant Hill Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Bryant Cemetery (1), Henley Cemetery (2), Templeton Cemetery (3), Upper Falls Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Smith Creek (A), Martin Creek (B), Mannens Branch (C), Mahone Branch (D), Falls Creek (E), Dry Branch (F), Bryan Branch (G), Browns Creek (H), Angel Fork (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Upper Falls Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Kanawha County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.5 people
West Virginia:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

73.5%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

7.9%
Whole state:

6.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Upper Falls:

Marital status in Upper Falls, WV
  • Never married: 15.2%
  • Now married: 63.9%
  • Separated: 2.8%
  • Widowed: 4.8%
  • Divorced: 13.3%

For population 25 years and over in Upper Falls:

  • High school or higher: 93.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.1
West Virginia average:

10.8

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Upper Falls, WV (based on Kanawha County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant31,202219
Mainline Protestant27,583114
Catholic7,33111
Black Protestant3,11412
Other2,02010
Orthodox1,1362
None120,677-
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: 47
This county:

2.46 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

0.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 98
This county:

5.13 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 132
Kanawha County:

6.90 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

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

12.1%
West Virginia:

12.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Kanawha County:

29.6%
State:

31.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Kanawha County:

12.0%
West Virginia:

13.1%

4.58% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($43,214 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.58%
West Virginia average:

5.10%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Putnam County, WV  0.69% ($44,780 average AGI)
from Cabell County, WV  0.24% ($30,903)
from Fayette County, WV  0.16% ($34,483)


5.35% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($56,107 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.35%
West Virginia average:

5.62%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Putnam County, WV  0.87% ($49,738 average AGI)
to Cabell County, WV  0.25% ($37,543)
to Jackson County, WV  0.15% ($46,532)

Strongest AM radio stations in Upper Falls:

  • WCHS (580 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WVTS (950 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WJYP (1300 AM; 1 kW; ST. ALBANS, WV)
  • WSCW (1410 AM; daytime; 5 kW; SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: L.M. COMMUNICATIONS OF KENTUCKY, LLC)
  • WCAW (680 AM; 10 kW; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WBES (1240 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WZZW (1600 AM; 5 kW; MILTON, WV; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBGS (1030 AM; daytime; 10 kW; POINT PLEASANT, WV; Owner: BIG RIVER RADIO, INC.)
  • WTVN (610 AM; 50 kW; COLUMBUS, OH; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WOKU (1080 AM; daytime; 1 kW; HURRICANE, WV; Owner: BIG RIVER RADIO, INC.)
  • WOAY (860 AM; 10 kW; OAK HILL, WV; Owner: COMMISSIONED COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WVHU (800 AM; 5 kW; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSWW (1490 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)

Strongest FM radio stations in Upper Falls:

  • WKLC-FM (105.1 FM; ST. ALBANS, WV; Owner: WKLC, INC.)
  • WQBE-FM (97.5 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WZJO (94.5 FM; DUNBAR, WV; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC)
  • WVSR-FM (102.7 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WVWV (89.9 FM; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WJYP-FM (100.9 FM; SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: L.M. COMMUNICATIONS OF KENTUCKY, LLC)
  • WAMX (106.3 FM; MILTON, WV; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WKWS (96.1 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WRVZ (98.7 FM; POCATALICO, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WZAC-FM (92.5 FM; DANVILLE, WV; Owner: PRICE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WKAZ (107.3 FM; MIAMI, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WVAF (99.9 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WXAF (90.9 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: MARANATHA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCIR-FM (103.7 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WVPN (88.5 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WKVW (93.3 FM; MONTGOMERY, WV; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • WVOW-FM (101.9 FM; LOGAN, WV; Owner: LOGAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WEMM (107.9 FM; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: MORTENSON BROADCASTING CO. OF WEST VIRGINIA, LLC)
  • W208AK (89.5 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: LOWER OHIO VALLEY EDUCATIONAL CORP.)
  • WTCR-FM (103.3 FM; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

TV broadcast stations around Upper Falls:

  • WCHS-TV (Channel 8; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WCHS LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WVAH-TV (Channel 11; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WVAH LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WLPX-TV (Channel 29; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: PAXSON CHARLESTON LICENSE, INC.)
  • WPBY-TV (Channel 33; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WSAZ-TV (Channel 3; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WOWK-TV (Channel 13; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA MEDIA HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • W31CA (Channel 31; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: NATIONAL MINORITY T.V., INC.)
  • W36CR (Channel 36; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: NATIONAL MINORITY T.V., INC.)
  • W16CE (Channel 16; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • W14CU (Channel 14; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WOWB-LP (Channel 53; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: COMMONWEALTH BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 6Number of bridges
  • 33ft / 10.2mTotal length
  • $400,000Total costs
  • 4,640Total average daily traffic
  • 245Total average daily truck traffic
  • 5,748Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KC8MI, Licensee ID: L00382857, Grant Date: 02/02/2019, Expiration Date: 02/02/2029, Registrant: Robert Thompson, 128 1st Ave, Upper Falls, WV 25202-9704

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Upper Falls, WV
  • 66.1%Electricity
  • 31.1%Utility gas
  • 2.8%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Upper Falls, WV
  • 62.3%Electricity
  • 37.7%Utility gas


Upper Falls compared to West Virginia state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
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