Grant County, West Virginia (WV)

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County population in 2012: 11,816 (21% urban, 79% rural); it was 11,299 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,967
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,915
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,711
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,059 (it was 880 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

27%

Land area: 477 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 25 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Grant County: 86.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (26.2%), Educational, health and social services (21.1%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (15.3%), Construction (14.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 46%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 50%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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Races in Grant County, West Virginia:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (97.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.0%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  44.0 years
West Virginia median age:  41.0 years
Males: 5,928  (46.8%)
Females: 6,009  (53.2%)
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Grant County,WV real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Grant County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $41,579 ($28,916 in 1999)

This county:

$41579
West Virginia:

$41253

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $404 (lower quartile is $325, upper quartile is $469)
This county:

$404
State:

$461


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $118,287 (it was $72,200 in 2000)
Grant:

$118,287
West Virginia:

$103,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $76,030 - $168,260
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $983
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $265

Institutionalized population: 117

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):

Grant County, WV map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 43 buildings, average cost: $118,600
  • 2008: 28 buildings, average cost: $120,000
  • 2009: 20 buildings, average cost: $120,000

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $457 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $414 (0.4%)

Grant County household income distribution in 2009 Grant County home values distribution Grant County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.6%
(14.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 52.1% for Black residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.1%
Grant County:

15.1%
West Virginia:

18.5%
(14.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 52.3% for Black residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 44 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 50 years old, American Indian residents: 70 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 54 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Grant County is $465 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $522 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $684 a month.

Cities in this county include: Petersburg, Bayard.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Grant County: Welton (A), Beechwood (B), Big Bend Campground (C), Camp Echo (D), Old Arthur (E), Elkhorn Lookout Tower (F), Pigeon Roost Lookout Tower (G), Twin Mountain (H), Spring Run Fish Hatchery (I), Petersburg Fish Hatchery (J), Patomac District Ranger Station (K), Grant Memorial Hospital Ambulance (L), Mount Storm Power Station (M), Mount Storm Volunteer Fire Department (N), Maysville Volunteer Fire Department (O). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Grant County include: Knobly Church (A), Sites Chapel (B), Locust Grove Church (C), Boot Hill Church (D), Brake Church (E), Brick Church (F), Saint Pauls Church (G), Saint Matthews (H), Rough Run Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: South Branch Memorial Gardens (1), Schaeffer Cemetery (2), Knobley Cemetery (3), Mount Hebron Cemetery (4), Bayard Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Mount Storm Lake (A), Stony River Reservoir (B), Elk Run Reservoir (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: North Fork South Branch Potomac River (A), Spring Run (B), Shell Run (C), Saltblock Run (D), Rosser Run (E), Red Sea Run (F), Deakin Run (G), North Fork Patterson Creek (H), Mud Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Grant County: Fairfax Stone State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Garrett County, Maryland , Hampshire County , Hardy County , Mineral County , Pendleton County , Preston County , Randolph County , Tucker County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.2%
West Virginia:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 323
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 52 (67% naturalized citizens)

Grant County:

0.5%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 0
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 5
  • 1980 to 1984: 8
  • 1975 to 1979: 7
  • 1970 to 1974: 22
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 10

Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 64.6%

Grant County marital status for males Grant County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Grant County with a mortgage: 1,263 (53 second mortgage, 48 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,191

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Grant County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,32622
Evangelical Protestant2,26420
Other4251
Catholic1581
None6,764-
Grant County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Grant County:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
Grant County:

8.40 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

5.88 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Grant County:

11.7%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Grant County:

31.4%
State:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.0%
State:

13.1%

Agriculture in Grant County:

Average size of farms: 302 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $109,948
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $26.85
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.21%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 98.99%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $70,861
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.71%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.18%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $40,608
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.28%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.59
Corn for grain: 397 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 10 acres

Earthquake activity:

Grant County-area historical earthquake activity is near West Virginia state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 178.0 miles away from Grant County center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 202.7 miles away from the county center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 124.9 miles away from the county center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 264.4 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 187.9 miles away from Grant County center
On 5/5/2003 at 16:32:32, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 110.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Grant County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Hurricanes: 3, Droughts: 2, Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Fire: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Germany (33%)
  • United Kingdom (31%)
  • Peru (25%)
  • Canada (10%)

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

  • United States or American (39%)
  • German (30%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • English (7%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • Scottish (1%)
  • Italian (1%)

Grant County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,686 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 908 (19%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 7 (0%)
  • Walked: 96 (2%)
  • Other means: 32 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 166 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 118 people in nursing homes
  • 13 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 7 people in other group homes
  • 6 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
117 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
9 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $41,243.

4.80% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,906 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.80%
West Virginia average:

5.16%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.99% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($17,712 average AGI)
1.81% relocated from other states ($14,193 average AGI)
Grant County:

1.81%
West Virginia average:

2.69%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Hardy County, WV  1.27% ($22,054 average AGI)
from Mineral County, WV  0.36% ($59,875)
from Pendleton County, WV  0.34% ($20,067)
from Garrett County, MD  0.29% ($34,538)


4.49% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,823 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.49%
West Virginia average:

5.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.68% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($17,374 average AGI)
1.82% relocated to other states ($10,449 average AGI)
Grant County:

1.82%
West Virginia average:

2.66%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Hardy County, WV  1.02% ($28,778 average AGI)
to Mineral County, WV  0.34% ($34,267)
to Pendleton County, WV  0.23% ($19,900)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in Grant County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 10.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Grant County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Grant County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,162 (1,750 aged, 412 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 8.67
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 18748.37
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 494.060
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 134974.43

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1122.250
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1019.450

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 36.04
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 51.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 11,811

Size of family households: 1,753 2-persons, 776 3-persons, 530 4-persons, 246 5-persons, 95 6-persons, 35 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,269 1-person, 204 2-persons, 21 3-persons, 11 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

1,910 married couples with children.
468 single-parent households (132 men, 336 women).

97.8% of residents of Grant County speak English at home.
1.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (72% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (97% speak English very well, 3% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $79,699,000 ($6908 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,432,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $38,345,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $12,436,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $77,000
Federal grants: $24,014,000
Federal procurement contracts: $718,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,109,000 ($1,494,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $74,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,117,000
Federal Government insurance: $18,247,000

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

Births: 693
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 601
Here:

51 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: +306
Here:

+26 per 1000 residents
State:

+6 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Grant County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.08 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.5

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 22
  • 2000 to 2004: 643
  • 1990 to 1999: 956
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,135
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,388
  • 1960 to 1969: 427
  • 1950 to 1959: 303
  • 1940 to 1949: 340
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,139
Rooms in houses/apartments in Grant County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 38
  • 3 rooms: 72
  • 4 rooms: 435
  • 5 rooms: 955
  • 6 rooms: 841
  • 7 rooms: 567
  • 8 rooms: 407
  • 9+ rooms: 390
  • 1 room: 3
  • 2 rooms: 47
  • 3 rooms: 90
  • 4 rooms: 239
  • 5 rooms: 235
  • 6 rooms: 124
  • 7 rooms: 75
  • 8 rooms: 39
  • 9+ rooms: 28
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Grant County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 6
  • 1 bedroom: 72
  • 2 bedrooms: 780
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,092
  • 4 bedrooms: 588
  • 5+ bedrooms: 173
  • no bedroom: 3
  • 1 bedroom: 162
  • 2 bedrooms: 336
  • 3 bedrooms: 306
  • 4 bedrooms: 68
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5
Cars and other vehicles available in Grant County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 242
  • 1 vehicle: 904
  • 2 vehicles: 1,786
  • 3 vehicles: 646
  • 4 vehicles: 95
  • 5+ vehicles: 38
  • no vehicle: 137
  • 1 vehicle: 439
  • 2 vehicles: 227
  • 3 vehicles: 66
  • 4 vehicles: 11
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

70% of Grant County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 56% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 53% lived in West Virginia.

Grant County:

69.9%
State average:

63.6%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $65,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 8%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 8%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Grant County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Wood (27.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (27.5%)
  • Electricity (25.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.8%)
  • Utility gas (2.3%)
  • Coal or coke (2.0%)
  • Other fuel (0.5%)
  • Electricity (50.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (24.8%)
  • Wood (9.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (9.5%)
  • Utility gas (3.6%)
  • Coal or coke (1.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


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

2.9%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 16
Here:

2.9%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 44
Here:

16.0%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Grant County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Air Transportation: $82,000
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $20,960,000
    General - Other: $1,435,000
    Health - Other: $910,000
    Financial Administration: $624,000
    Central Staff Services: $615,000
    General Public Buildings: $520,000
    Police Protection: $341,000
    Correctional Institutions: $320,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $280,000
    Libraries: $93,000
    Parks and Recreation: $90,000
    Local Fire Protection: $28,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $10,000
    Transit Utilities: $5,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $92,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,737,000

Grant County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $20,960,000
    All Other: $829,000
    Regular Highways: $30,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $6,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $808,000
    Public Welfare: $199,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $4,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $311,000
    Interest Earnings: $79,000
    Rents: $12,000
    Sale of Property: $7,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $464,000
    All Other: $120,000
    General Local Government Support: $13,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,767,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $71,000
    Other Selective Sales: $16,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $3,000

Grant County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,330,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,255,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $685,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $685,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $75,000

Grant County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,914,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Grant County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Grant County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Grant County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John4976.6 years
Mary4379.5 years
William3675.6 years
James3670.1 years
Charles3576.8 years
George2477.2 years
Robert2373.5 years
Carl2073.4 years
Myrtle2084.2 years
Ruth2081.5 years
Most common last names in Grant County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Alt6380.3 years
Sites4881.1 years
Smith3477.6 years
Ours3378.9 years
Judy3277.0 years
Kimble2772.7 years
Mongold2574.0 years
Redman2573.9 years
Riggleman2580.2 years
Crites2371.5 years
Businesses in Grant County, WV
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Pizza Hut1
AT&T2RadioShack1
Arby's1Rite Aid1
Dairy Queen1Subway1
Ford1U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1U.S. Cellular1
McDonald's1