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Braxton County, West Virginia (WV)


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County population in 2012: 14,468 (all rural); it was 14,702 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,847
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,649
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,510
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,504 (it was 1,261 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

27%

Land area: 513 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.7 sq. mi.
Population density: 28 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Braxton County: 85.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.0%), Retail trade (13.1%), Construction (12.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 6%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Braxton County, West Virginia:


Median resident age:  43.0 years
West Virginia median age:  41.0 years

Males: 7,316  (51.3%)
Females: 7,207  (48.7%)

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Braxton County,WV real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Braxton County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $30,773 ($24,412 in 1999)
This county:

$30773
West Virginia:

$37435

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $326 (lower quartile is $224, upper quartile is $406)
This county:

$326
State:

$415


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $76,096 (it was $52,300 in 2000)
Braxton County:

$76,096
West Virginia:

$94,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $38,512 - $128,532

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $128,520
Here:

$128,520
State:

$134,377

Townhouses or other attached units: $105,488
Here:

$105,488
State:

$154,643

In 2-unit structures: $180,425
Here:

$180,425
State:

$132,801

Mobile homes: $52,071
Here:

$52,071
State:

$32,459

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $7,803
Here:

$7,803
State:

$30,386
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $778
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $227

Institutionalized population: 325

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Braxton County, WV map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $312 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $189 (0.3%)


Braxton County household income distribution in 2009 Braxton County home values distribution


Braxton County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 20.5%
(20.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 17.5% for Black residents, 86.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 92.5% for American Indian residents, 7.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 48 years old, American Indian residents: 50 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 73 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

22.0%
Whole state:

17.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

9.9%
Whole state:

7.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Braxton County is $369 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $459 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $601 a month.

Cities in this county include: Sutton, Gassaway, Burnsville, Flatwoods.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Braxton County: Riffle (A), Ramp Run (B), Flatwoods Factory Outlet Stores (C), Saltlick Bridge (D), Kanawha Run Camping Area (E), Bakers Run Camping Area (F), Bee Run Campsite (G), Bee Run Picnic Area (H), Berry Siding (I), Exchange (J), Brock Run Camping Area (K), Camp Run (L), Frametown Volunteer Fire Department (M), Servia Volunteer Fire Department (N), Central Regional Jail (O), Chapel Volunteer Fire Department (P). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Braxton County include: Waldeck Church (A), Upper Sleith Church (B), Jackson Memorial Church (C), Unity Church (D), Jerusha Church (E), Union Chapel (F), Knawl Creek Church (G), Tichnel Church (H), Sunrise Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Stone Run Cemetery (1), Hoover Cemetery (2), Big Run Cemetery (3), Frame Cemetery (4), Bourn Cemetery (5), Kraft Cemetery (6), Kniceley Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Sutton Lake (A), Burnsville Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Triplett Fork (A), Triplets Run (B), Trigger Gut Fork (C), Trace Run (D), Toms Run (E), Tate Creek (F), Tague Fork (G), Sycamore Run (H), Sulphur Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Braxton County include: Bee Run Recreation Area (1), Elk River Wildlife Management Area (2), Burnsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (3), Riffle Run Recreation Area (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Calhoun County , Clay County , Gilmer County , Lewis County , Nicholas County , Webster County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 320
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 67.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 24 (83% naturalized citizens)

Braxton County:

0.2%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 36.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 70.5%

Braxton County marital status for males
Braxton County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Braxton County with a mortgage: 812 (33 second mortgage, 29 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,259

Here:

39.2% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 31.51%
Here31.5%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 4,632
Total congregations: 62

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAUnited Methodist ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) Church
Adherents2,253 (48.6%)1,570 (33.9%)224 (4.8%)145 (3.1%)106 (2.3%)
Congregations10 (16.1%)41 (66.1%)2 (3.2%)1 (1.6%)1 (1.6%)
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Churches of ChristSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchOther
Adherents83 (1.8%)73 (1.6%)73 (1.6%)67 (1.4%)38 (0.8%)
Congregations1 (1.6%)2 (3.2%)2 (3.2%)1 (1.6%)1 (1.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Braxton County - Sutton, Gassaway, Burnsville, Flatwoods

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

3.41 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Braxton County:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
This county:

6.14 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Braxton County:

10.24 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

12.6%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

31.5%
West Virginia:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Braxton County:

7.9%
State:

13.1%


Agriculture in Braxton County:

Average size of farms: 212 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $5,417
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $26.07
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.13%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 84.88%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $5,034
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 14.85%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $20,914
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.22%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 8.48
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.34%
Land in orchards: 5 acres

Earthquake activity:

Braxton County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below West Virginia state average. It is 97% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/22/1991 at 01:01:20, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 9.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 58.7 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/1991 at 18:34:51, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 57.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Braxton County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Landslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Floods: 2, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (20%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Wood products (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Construction laborers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (13%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Braxton County (%):





Braxton County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,873 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 853 (17%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 22 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 117 (2%)
  • Other means: 17 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 192 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Braxton County, West Virginia in 2000:

People in group quarters in Braxton County, West Virginia in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,180.

5.14% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($29,814 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.14%
West Virginia average:

5.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.23% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($20,362 average AGI)
1.91% relocated from other states ($9,452 average AGI)
Braxton County:

1.91%
West Virginia average:

3.05%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Gilmer County, WV  0.49% ($22,250 average AGI)
from Lewis County, WV  0.44% ($24,944)
from Kanawha County, WV  0.34% ($62,786)
from Clay County, WV  0.29% ($30,250)
from Nicholas County, WV  0.29% ($24,917)
from Webster County, WV  0.27% ($21,636)


5.79% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,223 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.79%
West Virginia average:

5.65%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.77% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($17,559 average AGI)
2.02% relocated to other states ($9,660 average AGI)
Braxton County:

2.02%
West Virginia average:

2.96%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Gilmer County, WV  0.61% ($25,920 average AGI)
to Kanawha County, WV  0.46% ($24,474)
to Nicholas County, WV  0.36% ($31,867)
to Lewis County, WV  0.32% ($18,385)
to Monongalia County, WV  0.24% ($30,400)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3

Births per 1000 population in Braxton County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Braxton County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Braxton County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,678 (2,079 aged, 599 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 6.69
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4555.180
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 167.220
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 68468.23

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 875.360
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 774.360

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 30.34
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 74.07

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13.47

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 14,188

Size of family households: 1,982 2-persons, 969 3-persons, 666 4-persons, 272 5-persons, 105 6-persons, 49 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,674 1-person, 246 2-persons, 24 3-persons, 8 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

98.6% of residents of Braxton County speak English at home.
0.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (87% speak English very well, 13% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (71% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $99,238,000 ($6638 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,684,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $41,493,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $17,389,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $150,000
Federal grants: $34,160,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,185,000 ($638,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,862,000 ($2,090,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $201,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $488,000
Federal Government insurance: $5,989,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 787
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 963
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +343
Here:

+23 per 1000 residents
State:

+6 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Braxton County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.97 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.5

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Braxton County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 18
  • 2 rooms: 42
  • 3 rooms: 104
  • 4 rooms: 582
  • 5 rooms: 1,348
  • 6 rooms: 1,116
  • 7 rooms: 532
  • 8 rooms: 384
  • 9+ rooms: 384
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 29
  • 3 rooms: 153
  • 4 rooms: 403
  • 5 rooms: 267
  • 6 rooms: 181
  • 7 rooms: 83
  • 8 rooms: 75
  • 9+ rooms: 63
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Braxton County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 26
  • 1 bedroom: 125
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,118
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,468
  • 4 bedrooms: 599
  • 5+ bedrooms: 174
  • no bedroom: 7
  • 1 bedroom: 215
  • 2 bedrooms: 520
  • 3 bedrooms: 359
  • 4 bedrooms: 122
  • 5+ bedrooms: 38
Cars and other vehicles available in Braxton County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 443
  • 1 vehicle: 1,400
  • 2 vehicles: 1,857
  • 3 vehicles: 636
  • 4 vehicles: 114
  • 5+ vehicles: 60
  • no vehicle: 277
  • 1 vehicle: 565
  • 2 vehicles: 310
  • 3 vehicles: 75
  • 4 vehicles: 30
  • 5+ vehicles: 4

67% of Braxton County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 59% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 56% lived in West Virginia.

Braxton County:

66.6%
State average:

63.6%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $27,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 11%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 8%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Braxton County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (41.6%)
  • Wood (22.5%)
  • Electricity (20.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.4%)
  • Utility gas (45.1%)
  • Electricity (24.9%)
  • Wood (21.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.9%)
  • Coal or coke (1.3%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 32
Here:

2.0%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 18
Here:

2.5%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 40
Here:

13.9%
West Virginia:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Braxton County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:


Braxton County government finances - Revenue in 2004:


Braxton County government finances - Debt in 2004:


Braxton County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Braxton County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Braxton County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Braxton County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary9379.0 years
John7974.7 years
James7874.0 years
William6072.9 years
Charles5871.9 years
Robert4369.8 years
Harry3275.3 years
George2775.7 years
Nellie2579.6 years
Carl2571.3 years
Most common last names in Braxton County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Davis4677.3 years
Skidmore4479.5 years
Frame3875.3 years
Cutlip3677.7 years
Dean3674.9 years
Singleton3680.5 years
Facemire3475.0 years
Brown3276.3 years
Williams3171.3 years
Friend3074.6 years
Businesses in Braxton County, WV
NameCountNameCount
Arby's1McDonald's1
CVS1Microtel1
Curves1Nike1
Dairy Queen1Pizza Hut1
Days Hotel1Rite Aid1
DressBarn1Rue211
Famous Footwear1Subway1
FedEx1Taco Bell1
H&R Block1True Value1
KFC1U-Haul1
Kroger1U.S. Cellular1
La-Z-Boy1UPS1
Long John Silver's1Wendy's1
MasterBrand Cabinets1
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