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Clay County, West Virginia (WV)


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County population in 2012: 9,297 (all rural); it was 10,330 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,136
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,805
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,179
Renter-occupied apartments: 787 (it was 841 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

27%

Land area: 342 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 27 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Clay County: 84.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (11.4%), Retail trade (11.2%), Construction (10.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 22%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 7%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Clay County, West Virginia:


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

Males: 4,664  (54.4%)
Females: 4,722  (45.6%)

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Average household size:
Clay County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $27,884 ($22,120 in 1999)
This county:

$27884
West Virginia:

$37435

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $265 (lower quartile is $176, upper quartile is $336)
This county:

$265
State:

$415


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $71,754 (it was $47,300 in 2000)
Clay County:

$71,754
West Virginia:

$94,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $35,435 - $117,716

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $115,930
Here:

$115,930
State:

$134,377

Mobile homes: $50,995
Here:

$50,995
State:

$32,459

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $4,058
Here:

$4,058
State:

$30,386
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $704
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $227

Institutionalized population: 56

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


Clay County, WV map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $321 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $175 (0.3%)


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


Clay County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 25.2%
(25.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 13.5% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 41 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 23 years old, American Indian residents: 54 years old, Asian residents: 49 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 34 years old, Other race residents: 16 years old)

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

27.5%
Whole state:

17.9%

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

11.7%
Whole state:

7.6%

Area name: Charleston, WV HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Clay County is $432 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $540 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $688 a month.

Cities in this county include: Clay.

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

Click to draw/clear Clay County borders

Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Clay County: Pond Ridge Lookout Tower (A), Mountain Home (B), Big Otter Mountain (C), Big Sycamore (D), Birch Run (E), Standingrock (F), Big Otter Volunteer Fire Department (G), Lizemores Volunteer Fire Department (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Clay County include: Horners Fork Missionary Baptist Church (A), Walnut Grove United Methodist Church (B), Hyer Chapel (C), Ida Missionary Baptist Church (D), Valley Ridge United Methodist Church (E), Indore Chapel (F), Valley Chapel (G), Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church (H), Laurel Fork Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hively Cemetery (1), White Cemetery (2), Duffield Cemetery (3), Kyle Cemetery (4), Turner Cemetery (5), Hinkle Cemetery (6), Eagle Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Orchard Lake (A), Henderson Lake (B), Taylor Fork Refuse Disposal Lake (C), Deerpond (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Turkey Fork (A), Tent Branch (B), Taylor Creek (C), Sycamore Run (D), Sycamore Creek (E), Swimminghole Run (F), Sugarcamp Run (G), Strickland Run (H), Stinsonlick Fork (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Braxton County , Calhoun County , Kanawha County , Nicholas County , Roane County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 258
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 63.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 7.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 7 (100% naturalized citizens)

Clay County:

0.1%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 45.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 47.2%

Clay County marital status for males
Clay County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Clay County with a mortgage: 631 (17 second mortgage, 36 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 819

Here:

43.5% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 22.20%
Here22.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,293
Total congregations: 28

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAUnited Methodist ChurchNational Association of Free Will BaptistsChurch of the NazareneOther
Adherents1,564 (68.2%)271 (11.8%)187 (8.2%)131 (5.7%)140 (6.1%)
Congregations9 (32.1%)10 (35.7%)3 (10.7%)2 (7.1%)4 (14.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Clay County - Clay

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

2.97 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Clay County:

0.99 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
This county:

5.93 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Clay County:

4.95 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

13.1%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

35.3%
West Virginia:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Clay County:

11.0%
State:

13.1%


Agriculture in Clay County:

Average size of farms: 160 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $3,094
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $26.80
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 3.98%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 85.80%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $6,573
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 10.25%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $17,886
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 99.15%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.74
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.63%
Vegetables: 10 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 5 acres

Earthquake activity:

Clay County-area historical earthquake activity is below West Virginia state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 98.5 miles away from the county center
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 59.4 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 34.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Clay County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Landslides: 4, Tornadoes: 2, Floods: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (21%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (7%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Wood products (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Social assistance (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)

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




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





Clay County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,414 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 608 (19%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 7 (0%)
  • Walked: 37 (1%)
  • Other means: 14 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 48 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

56 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
18 people in group homes intended for adults

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $33,481.

4.96% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($29,373 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.96%
West Virginia average:

5.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.32% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($18,162 average AGI)
1.64% relocated from other states ($11,211 average AGI)
Clay County:

1.64%
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 Kanawha County, WV  1.26% ($34,028 average AGI)
from Nicholas County, WV  0.49% ($27,643)


5.95% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($24,419 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.95%
West Virginia average:

5.65%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.50% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($19,558 average AGI)
1.45% relocated to other states ($4,860 average AGI)
Clay County:

1.45%
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 Kanawha County, WV  1.83% ($23,679 average AGI)
to Nicholas County, WV  0.52% ($21,933)
to Braxton County, WV  0.41% ($30,250)
to Fayette County, WV  0.38% ($38,182)
to Roane County, WV  0.35% ($8,800)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9

Births per 1000 population in Clay County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Clay County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Clay County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,993 (1,413 aged, 580 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1313.250
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1091.150

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 9.5
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 9.66

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,312

Size of family households: 1,158 2-persons, 605 3-persons, 462 4-persons, 208 5-persons, 69 6-persons, 64 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 978 1-person, 161 2-persons, 18 3-persons, 3 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

97.8% of residents of Clay County speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (67% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (85% speak English very well, 4% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (37% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 46% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $72,971,000 ($7000 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $548,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $30,829,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $14,752,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $40,000
Federal grants: $25,311,000
Federal procurement contracts: $406,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,633,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $21,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $357,000
Federal Government insurance: $7,210,000

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

Births: 729
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 601
Here:

58 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: -86
Here -8 per 1000 residents
State +6 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Clay County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.42 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.5

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Clay County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 17
  • 3 rooms: 54
  • 4 rooms: 536
  • 5 rooms: 1,043
  • 6 rooms: 735
  • 7 rooms: 471
  • 8 rooms: 140
  • 9+ rooms: 176
  • 1 room: 22
  • 2 rooms: 6
  • 3 rooms: 115
  • 4 rooms: 249
  • 5 rooms: 192
  • 6 rooms: 148
  • 7 rooms: 51
  • 8 rooms: 33
  • 9+ rooms: 25
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Clay County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 15
  • 1 bedroom: 115
  • 2 bedrooms: 975
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,553
  • 4 bedrooms: 445
  • 5+ bedrooms: 76
  • no bedroom: 22
  • 1 bedroom: 115
  • 2 bedrooms: 399
  • 3 bedrooms: 229
  • 4 bedrooms: 65
  • 5+ bedrooms: 11
Cars and other vehicles available in Clay County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 286
  • 1 vehicle: 916
  • 2 vehicles: 1,418
  • 3 vehicles: 449
  • 4 vehicles: 88
  • 5+ vehicles: 22
  • no vehicle: 209
  • 1 vehicle: 407
  • 2 vehicles: 180
  • 3 vehicles: 38
  • 4 vehicles: 7
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

66% of Clay County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 55% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 58% lived in West Virginia.

Clay County:

66.1%
State average:

63.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $50,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Clay County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (47.3%)
  • Electricity (24.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.9%)
  • Wood (12.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)
  • Utility gas (46.4%)
  • Electricity (22.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.2%)
  • Wood (12.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.8%)
  • Coal or coke (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 31
Here:

2.5%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 31
Here:

14.7%
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

Clay County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:


Clay County government finances - Revenue in 2004:


Clay County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Clay 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 Clay County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William2274.8 years
James1969.5 years
John1574.1 years
Mary1282.9 years
Russell965.7 years
Arthur775.7 years
Cecil772.3 years
Roy782.5 years
Alice767.4 years
Ethel782.8 years
Most common last names in Clay County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Davis1676.6 years
Mullins1676.3 years
Williams1567.9 years
Salisbury1467.9 years
Adkins1468.9 years
Butcher1365.1 years
Wilson1378.4 years
Moore1370.2 years
Hamrick1270.9 years
Ramsey1268.8 years

Businesses in Clay County, WV



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