Welch, West Virginia

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Population in 2017: 1,740 (87% urban, 13% rural).
Population change since 2000: -35.1%
 
Males: 1,224  (70.4%)
Females: 516  (29.6%)
Median resident age:

40.3 years
West Virginia median age:

42.4 years

Zip codes: 24801.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $28,976 (it was $19,795 in 2000)
Welch:

$28,976
WV:

$43,469

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $24,227 (it was $16,308 in 2000)

Welch city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $61,715 (it was $34,000 in 2000)
Welch:

$61,715
WV:

$119,800

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $68,483; detached houses: $70,512; mobile homes: $25,593

Median gross rent in 2017: $330.

March 2019 cost of living index in Welch: 76.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 35.4%
(32.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 61.5% for Black residents, 40.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Welch, WV (2010)
    • 2,01583.7%White alone
    • 32113.3%Black alone
    • 482.0%Two or more races
    • 180.7%Hispanic
    • 20.08%American Indian alone
    • 20.08%Asian alone

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



According to our research of West Virginia and other state lists, there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Welch, West Virginia as of January 27, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Welch is 755 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Welch by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2011

2012

2013

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(84.3)
2
(87.6)
0
(0.0)
1
(42.3)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
16
(662.0)
10
(421.4)
3
(131.4)
15
(622.7)
19
(803.0)
6
(260.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
31
(1,283)
29
(1,222)
13
(569.4)
1
(41.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
116
(4,799)
107
(4,509)
45
(1,971)
12
(498.1)
21
(887.6)
1
(43.4)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
6
(248.2)
1
(42.1)
1
(43.8)
1
(41.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(42.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)434.0378.8174.8150.7208.853.8

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City-data.com crime index in Welch, WV

Crime rate in Welch detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 7 (6 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.61
West Virginia average:

2.58
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Ancestries: American (9.9%), English (9.6%), German (8.6%), Irish (7.5%), African (5.5%), Italian (3.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1894

Elevation: 1360 feet

Land area: 3.27 square miles.

Population density: 533 people per square mile   (low).

Welch, West Virginia map

235 residents are foreign born (7.9% Latin America, 0.9% Asia).

This city:

7.9%
West Virginia:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $391 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $369 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Charleston, WV (63.2 miles , pop. 53,421).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Greensboro, NC (135.4 miles , pop. 223,891).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (389.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Kimball, WV (2.0 miles ),
Davy, WV (2.2 miles ),
Vivian, WV (2.3 miles),
Gary, WV (2.4 miles ),
Big Sandy, WV (2.6 miles),
Roderfield, WV (2.6 miles),
Keystone, WV (2.7 miles ),
Northfork, WV (2.9 miles )

Latitude: 37.44 N, Longitude: 81.58 W

Area code: 304

Distribution of median household income in Welch, WV in 2017
Distribution of house value in Welch, WV in 2017
Welch satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $75,000
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

10.1%
West Virginia:

5.3%
Historical population in Welch, WV
Historical housing units in Welch, WV
Most common industries in Welch, WV (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (18.3%)
  • Educational services (12.8%)
  • Public administration (10.1%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (7.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.5%)
  • Broadcasting & telecommunications (3.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (12.1%)
  • Educational services (8.8%)
  • Health care (7.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.8%)
  • Public administration (6.8%)
  • Utilities (5.2%)
  • Broadcasting & telecommunications (5.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (28.5%)
  • Educational services (16.8%)
  • Public administration (13.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.0%)
  • Food (4.6%)
  • Data processing, libraries, other information services (4.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.1%)
Most common occupations in Welch, WV (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.1%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (3.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (10.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (10.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7.9%)
  • Extraction workers (7.7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.8%)
  • Top executives (6.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (11.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (8.4%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (6.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.2%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6.2%)
  • Legal support workers (4.9%)

Average climate in Welch, West Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Welch-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 139.6 miles away from Welch center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 24.9 miles away from Welch center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 29.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 26.8 miles away from Welch center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 134.8 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 174.2 miles away from Welch center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in McDowell County (22) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 12, Landslides: 8, Mudslides: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Welch topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Welch:

  • STEVENS CLINIC HOSPITAL (US 52 SOUTH)
  • WELCH COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (Government - State, 454 MCDOWELL STREET)
  • BMA - WELCH (394 MCDOWELL ST)

Airports located in Welch:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Welch:

  • New River Community and Technical College (about 32 miles; Beckley, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,234)
  • Concord University (about 32 miles; Athens, WV; FT enrollment: 2,698)
  • Wytheville Community College (about 44 miles; Wytheville, VA; FT enrollment: 2,193)
  • New River Community College (about 54 miles; Dublin, VA; FT enrollment: 3,007)
  • Radford University (about 61 miles; Radford, VA; FT enrollment: 9,426)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (about 66 miles; Blacksburg, VA; FT enrollment: 30,984)
  • West Virginia State University (about 66 miles; Institute, WV; FT enrollment: 2,133)

Public high schools in Welch:

  • MOUNT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 365, Location: 950 MOUNT VIEW ROAD, Grades: 6-12)
  • CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER (Location: DRAWER V, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle school in Welch:

See full list of schools located in Welch

Library in Welch:

  • MCDOWELL COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $201,057; Location: 90 HOWARD ST.; 99,865 books; 1,927 audio materials; 1,952 video materials; 12 state licensed databases; 104 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Welch: Mcdowell County Emergency Ambulance Authority Station 2 (A), Jan - Care Ambulance Service Incorporated Welch (B), McDowell County Courthouse (C), Welch City Hall (D), McDowell County Correctional Center (E), Welch Volunteer Fire Department (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Welch include: Anderson Memorial Presbyterian Chapel (A), Church of Christ (B), Church of God (C), Court Street Methodist Church (D), First Baptist Church (E), First Methodist Church (F), Saint James Baptist Church (G), Temple Emanuel (H), Welch Pentecostal Holiness Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Rockhouse Branch (A), Puncheoncamp Branch (B), Little Indian Creek (C), Little Cub Branch (D), Elkhorn Creek (E), Browns Creek (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Loft Restaurant (Museums; 8 Wyoming Street).

Hotels: Big Four Motel (Big Four), Pocahontas Motel (Pineville Road), Count GILU Motel (Vocational School Road).

Courts: McDowell County - Circuit Court Judge-King Kenrick (Court House Annex), McDowell County - County Court Commissioners (Court House).

Birthplace of: Steve Harvey - Comedian, Arnett Howard - Jazz trumpeter, Darrell Kestner - Professional golfer, Rod Martin - Football player, Alex Hawkins - Football player, John Wockenfuss - Baseball player, Karen Austin - Actor.

McDowell County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Welch and their reported violations in the past:

WELCH CITY OF (Address: 88 HOWARD STREET , Population served: 2,907, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2009 and JUN-2009, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-23-2009), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-23-2009), St Compliance achieved (JUL-31-2009), St Public Notif received (AUG-13-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2009 and MAR-2009, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-28-2009), St Formal NOV issued (APR-28-2009), St Public Notif received (MAY-28-2009), St Compliance achieved (JUL-31-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2008 and DEC-2008, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-06-2009), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-06-2009), St Public Notif received (MAR-16-2009), St Compliance achieved (JUL-31-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2008 and SEP-2008, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-28-2008), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-28-2008), St Public Notif received (DEC-01-2008), St Compliance achieved (JUL-31-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2006 and DEC-2006, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JAN-02-2007), Fed Formal NOV issued (JAN-09-2007), Fed Compliance achieved (FEB-01-2007), St Public Notif requested (FEB-06-2007), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-06-2007), St Public Notif received (MAR-06-2007)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2006 and SEP-2006, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-21-2006), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-21-2006), St Public Notif received (DEC-20-2006), St Compliance achieved (DEC-21-2006)
  • 6 other older health violations
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JUL-2010, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-01-2010)
MCDOWELL COUNTY PSD BARTLEY (Population served: 1,632, Groundwater under infl of surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In DEC-30-2013, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-14-2014), St Public Notif requested (FEB-14-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JAN-27-2014), St Public Notif requested (FEB-13-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-13-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and NOV-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (FEB-11-2014), St Public Notif requested (FEB-13-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-13-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and NOV-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (FEB-11-2014), St Public Notif requested (FEB-13-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-13-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-31-2013), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-31-2013), St Compliance achieved (JAN-27-2014)
  • 3 minor monitoring violations
  • 36 regular monitoring violations
  • 21 other older monitoring violations
MCDOWELL COUNTY PSD COALWOOD (Population served: 1,008, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In DEC-30-2013, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-14-2014), St Public Notif requested (FEB-14-2014)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2012, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-07-2013), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-07-2013), St Compliance achieved (SEP-24-2013)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 26 regular monitoring violations
MCDOWELL COUNTY PSD BERWIND (Population served: 863, Groundwater under infl of surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2013 and MAR-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-30-2013), St Formal NOV issued (APR-30-2013), St Compliance achieved (JUN-18-2013)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2014 and MAR-2014, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-06-2014), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-06-2014), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JUN-30-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between DEC-2013 and FEB-2014, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-06-2014), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-06-2014), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JUN-30-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between DEC-2013 and FEB-2014, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-06-2014), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-06-2014), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JUN-30-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-13-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-13-2014), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JUN-30-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-13-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-13-2014), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JUN-30-2014)
  • 69 regular monitoring violations
  • 31 other older monitoring violations
MCDOWELL COUNTY PSD PAGETON (Population served: 638, Purch groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In DEC-30-2013, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-14-2014), St Public Notif requested (FEB-14-2014)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2012, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-07-2013), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-07-2013), St Compliance achieved (SEP-24-2013)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2009, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-03-2010), St Compliance achieved (MAR-01-2010)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-06-2008), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-06-2008), St Compliance achieved (SEP-01-2009)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
MCDOWELL COUNTY PSD KIMBALL (Population served: 605, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 47 regular monitoring violations
SANDY RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL (Address: 30 CENTRAL AVENUE , Population served: 450, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2008 and JUN-2008, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAR-09-2009), St Public Notif requested (APR-28-2009), St Formal NOV issued (APR-28-2009)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In DEC-30-2013, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-14-2014), St Public Notif requested (FEB-14-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In DEC-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JAN-01-2014), St Public Notif requested (JAN-30-2014), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-30-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In AUG-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (SEP-01-2013), St Public Notif requested (OCT-03-2013), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-03-2013)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2011 and DEC-2011, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JAN-30-2012), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-09-2012)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2011 and DEC-2011, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JAN-30-2012), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-09-2012)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 70 regular monitoring violations
  • 6 other older monitoring violations
MCDOWELL COUNTY PSD HAVACO (Population served: 370, Purch groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In DEC-30-2013, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-14-2014), St Public Notif requested (FEB-14-2014)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2012, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-07-2013), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-07-2013), St Compliance achieved (SEP-24-2013)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2009, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-03-2010), St Compliance achieved (MAR-01-2010)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-06-2008), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-06-2008), St Compliance achieved (SEP-01-2009)
Average household size:
This city:

2.1 people
West Virginia:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

56.3%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.3%
Whole state:

6.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households
332 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
95 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000
52 people in nursing homes in 2000

Banks with branches in Welch (2011 data):

  • MCNB Bank and Trust Co.: Drive-In Facility at 94 Howard Street, branch established on 1975/03/10; Mcnb Bank And Trust Co. at 75 Wyoming Street, branch established on 1900/07/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $320.0 mil, Deposits: $284.1 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: Mcnb Banks, Inc.
  • Pioneer Community Bank, Inc.: Welch Branch at 681 Riverside Drive, branch established on 1983/08/01. Info updated 2008/09/30: Bank assets: $120.8 mil, Deposits: $107.4 mil, headquarters in Iaeger, WV, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: Pioneer Community Group, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Welch:

Marital status in Welch, WV
  • Never married: 39.2%
  • Now married: 34.5%
  • Separated: 6.3%
  • Widowed: 7.3%
  • Divorced: 12.7%

For population 25 years and over in Welch:

  • High school or higher: 79.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 7.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.8%
  • Unemployed: 16.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.8
West Virginia average:

10.8

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Welch
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Welch, WV (based on McDowell County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant2,60453
Mainline Protestant91427
Black Protestant53111
Other4712
Catholic3134
None17,280-
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: 8
McDowell County:

3.48 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

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

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
McDowell County:

1.31 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
This county:

8.70 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

14.6%
West Virginia:

12.2%
Adult obesity rate:
McDowell County:

32.5%
West Virginia:

31.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.8%
State:

13.1%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Welch:

48.8%
West Virginia:

50.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.2%
State:

47.3%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.8
West Virginia:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Welch:

17.0%
State:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

9.5%
West Virginia:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Welch:

6.7
West Virginia:

6.9

Overweight people:
This city:

31.3%
West Virginia:

34.2%

General health condition:
Welch:

53.8%
State:

56.8%

Average condition of hearing:
Welch:

76.0%
State:

77.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Welch, WV Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Water Supply 12$22,718$22,7180$0
Financial Administration 6$10,015$20,0300$0
Police Protection - Officers 6$12,049$24,0980$0
Solid Waste Management 3$3,562$14,2480$0
Sewerage 3$3,995$15,9800$0
Other and Unallocable 1$2,415$28,9800$0
Police - Other 1$2,163$25,9560$0
Judicial and Legal 1$4,731$56,7720$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 9$9,336
Totals for Government 33$61,648$22,4179$9,336

Welch government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $935,000 ($537.36)
    Water Utilities: $932,000 ($535.63)
    Financial Administration: $702,000 ($403.45)
    Police Protection: $574,000 ($329.89)
    Regular Highways: $470,000 ($270.11)
    Solid Waste Management: $206,000 ($118.39)
    Parks and Recreation: $69,000 ($39.66)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $112,000 ($64.37)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Sewerage: $203,000 ($116.67)
    Water Utilities: $164,000 ($94.25)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $746,000 ($428.74)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,000 ($0.57)

Welch government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,232,000 ($708.05)
    Solid Waste Management: $181,000 ($104.02)
    Other: $100,000 ($57.47)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $38,000 ($21.84)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $179,000 ($102.87)
    Interest Earnings: $110,000 ($63.22)
    Special Assessments: $96,000 ($55.17)
    Fines and Forfeits: $42,000 ($24.14)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,121,000 ($644.25)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $22,000 ($12.64)
    General Local Government Support: $15,000 ($8.62)
  • Tax - Occupation and Business License - Other: $533,000 ($306.32)
    Property: $252,000 ($144.83)
    Public Utilities Sales: $112,000 ($64.37)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $21,000 ($12.07)
    Other License: $11,000 ($6.32)

Welch government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,208,000 ($2993.10)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,127,000 ($2946.55)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $81,000 ($46.55)

Welch government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $81,000 ($46.55)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,393,000 ($3099.43)
Businesses in Welch, WV
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Pizza Hut1
H&R Block1Rite Aid2
KFC1True Value1
Long John Silver's1Wendy's1
McDonald's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Welch:

  • WELC (1150 AM; daytime; 5 kW; WELCH, WV; Owner: POCAHONTAS BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WBDY (1190 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLUEFIELD, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WIWS (1070 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WWNR (620 AM; 5 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: DYNASTAR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WWYO (970 AM; 1 kW; PINEVILLE, WV; Owner: MRJ, INC.)
  • WYRV (770 AM; daytime; 5 kW; CEDAR BLUFF, VA; Owner: FAITH CHRISTIAN MUSIC BROADCASTING MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WJLS (560 AM; 5 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: FIRST MEDIA RADIO, LLC)
  • WHIS (1440 AM; 5 kW; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WTZE (1470 AM; daytime; 5 kW; TAZEWELL, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WOAY (860 AM; 10 kW; OAK HILL, WV; Owner: COMMISSIONED COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WNRG (940 AM; 5 kW; GRUNDY, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA-KENTUCKY BROADCASTING CO., INC)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCAW (680 AM; 10 kW; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)

Strongest FM radio stations in Welch:

  • WELC-FM (102.9 FM; WELCH, WV; Owner: POCAHONTAS BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WHAJ (104.5 FM; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WHKX (106.3 FM; BLUEFIELD, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WKOY-FM (100.9 FM; PRINCETON, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WPIB (91.1 FM; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WSTG (95.9 FM; PRINCETON, WV; Owner: PRINCETON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHQX (107.7 FM; CEDAR BLUFF, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WGTH-FM (105.5 FM; RICHLANDS, VA; Owner: HIGH KNOB BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WJLS-FM (99.5 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: FIRST MEDIA RADIO, LLC)
  • WPMW (92.7 FM; MULLENS, WV; Owner: CASTLE ROCK INVESTMENTS, L.L.C.)
  • WMEV-FM (93.9 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCIR-FM (103.7 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WOLD-FM (102.5 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: EMERALD SOUND, INC.)
  • WMTD-FM (102.3 FM; HINTON, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WPKE-FM (103.1 FM; COAL RUN, KY; Owner: EAST KENTUCKY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WRIC-FM (100.7 FM; RICHLANDS, VA; Owner: PEGGY SUE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WVTR (91.9 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC)
  • WVKM (106.7 FM; MATEWAN, WV; Owner: THREE STATES BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WVOW-FM (101.9 FM; LOGAN, WV; Owner: LOGAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WKQY (100.1 FM; TAZEWELL, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
Welch fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Welch fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 35Number of bridges
  • 213ft / 64.7mTotal length
  • $8,620,000Total costs
  • 48,539Total average daily traffic
  • 4,997Total average daily truck traffic
  • 49,427Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Welch, WV - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21920-1929
  • 21930-1939
  • 61940-1949
  • 31950-1959
  • 31970-1979
  • 71980-1989
  • 61990-1999
  • 42000-2009
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Welch, WV
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Welch)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 40 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Welch, WV)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 28 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Welch)

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 26. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 46 took place in 2006, and the least - 12 in 2009. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Welch, WV When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (73.5%), and Outside Fires (12.8%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Welch, WV
    • 31173.5%Structure Fires
    • 5412.8%Outside Fires
    • 4510.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 133.1%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Welch, WV
Most common first names in Welch, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James6768.2 years
John6270.1 years
William6271.9 years
Robert4768.1 years
Mary4478.3 years
Charles3867.2 years
George3670.6 years
Thomas2062.1 years
Frank1978.1 years
Helen1975.5 years
Most common last names in Welch, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2971.0 years
Mullins2674.6 years
Green2473.9 years
Morgan2376.8 years
Jones1967.3 years
Lester1865.1 years
Belcher1869.3 years
Blankenship1678.6 years
Bailey1574.5 years
Burks1470.7 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Welch, WV
  • 61.0%Utility gas
  • 31.3%Electricity
  • 3.8%Coal or coke
  • 2.9%Wood
  • 1.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Welch, WV
  • 61.3%Electricity
  • 31.9%Utility gas
  • 4.4%Wood
  • 2.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Welch compared to West Virginia state average:

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