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County population in 2012: 16,371 (31% urban, 69% rural); it was 16,919 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,361
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,611
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,068
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,891 (it was 1,878 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

27%

Land area: 382 sq. mi.
Water area: 7.6 sq. mi.
Population density: 43 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Lewis County: 85.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.5%), Retail trade (12.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 70%
  • Government: 20%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Lewis County, West Virginia:


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

Males: 8,068  (50.1%)
Females: 8,304  (49.9%)

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Lewis County,WV real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Lewis County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $34,119 ($27,066 in 1999)
This county:

$34119
West Virginia:

$37435

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $341 (lower quartile is $250, upper quartile is $408)
This county:

$341
State:

$415


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $89,020 (it was $60,700 in 2000)
Lewis County:

$89,020
West Virginia:

$94,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $47,842 - $136,618

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $125,203
Here:

$125,203
State:

$134,377

Townhouses or other attached units: $551,364
Here:

$551,364
State:

$154,643

Mobile homes: $70,252
Here:

$70,252
State:

$32,459
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $847
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $232

Institutionalized population: 234

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):


Lewis 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: $435 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $296 (0.4%)


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


Lewis County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 21.8%
(21.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.3% for Black residents, 51.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 51.5% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 82.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 46 years old, Asian residents: 41 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 33 years old, Other race residents: 19 years old)

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

19.9%
Whole state:

17.9%

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

7.4%
Whole state:

7.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lewis County is $392 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $459 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $576 a month.

Cities in this county include: Weston, Jane Lew.

Lewis 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 Lewis County: Wilson Siding (A), Woodland Country Club (B), The Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at Stonewall Resort (C), Deerfield Country Club Golf Course (D), Pickle Street (E), Deerfield Country Club (F), Jacksons Mill (G), Jacksons Mill State 4-H Camp (H), Lewis County Industrial Park (I), Trefz Horse Farm Show Ring (J), Waldeck Raceway (K), West Virginia Department of Highways District 7 Shop (L), Pricetown Volunteer Fire Department (M), Jackson Mill Volunteer Fire Department (N), Walkersville Volunteer Fire Department (O), Midway Volunteer Fire Department (P). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Market Place Shopping Center (1), Park Plaza Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Lewis County include: Valley Chapel United Methodist Church (A), Valley Chapel (B), Word of Life Ministries (C), Waldeck United Methodist Church (D), Union Hill Church (E), New Life Southern Baptist Church (F), Mount Hebron United Methodist Church (G), Message of Light Tabernacle (H), Jesse Run Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Halderman Cemetery (1), Freeman Cemetery (2), Brownsville Cemetery (3), Broad Run Cemetery (4), Gee Lick Cemetery (5), Harmony Cemetery (6), Horner Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lake Riley (A), Stonecoal Reservoir (B), Jacksons Mill Lake (C), Bendale Lake (D), Dry Fork Lake (E), Keith Fork Lake (F), Wolfpen Lake (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Trace Run (A), Toms Run (B), Sycamore Lick (C), Sycamore Fork (D), Straight Fork (E), Stony Run (F), Stonepot Run (G), Stonelick Run (H), Stone Lick (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Lewis County include: Smoke Camp Wildlife Management Area (1), Fort Pickens Monument (2), Stonewall Jackson Lake Wildlife Management Area (3), Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park (4), Stonecoal Lake Wildlife Management Area (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Braxton County , Doddridge County , Gilmer County , Harrison County , Upshur County , Webster County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 459
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 73.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 90 (56% naturalized citizens)

Lewis County:

0.5%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 67.2%

Lewis County marital status for males
Lewis County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Lewis County with a mortgage: 1,529 (111 second mortgage, 127 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,687

Here:

47.5% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 36.27%
Here36.3%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,137
Total congregations: 50

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USASouthern Baptist ConventionEpiscopal Church
Adherents2,433 (39.6%)1,513 (24.7%)1,158 (18.9%)296 (4.8%)206 (3.4%)
Congregations32 (64.0%)2 (4.0%)8 (16.0%)1 (2.0%)1 (2.0%)
NameChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Assemblies of GodChurches of ChristChurch of the NazareneOther
Adherents167 (2.7%)152 (2.5%)77 (1.3%)65 (1.1%)70 (1.1%)
Congregations1 (2.0%)1 (2.0%)1 (2.0%)1 (2.0%)2 (4.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Lewis County - Weston, Jane Lew

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
This county:

4.09 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.


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

1.75 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
This county:

8.19 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Lewis County:

7.02 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

13.9%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.8%
West Virginia:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lewis County:

13.6%
State:

13.1%


Agriculture in Lewis County:

Average size of farms: 212 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $7,175
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $30.54
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.57%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 86.56%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $8,384
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 14.92%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.19%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $27,075
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.89%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.67
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.54%
Corn for grain: 9 harvested acres
Vegetables: 9 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 30 acres

Tornado activity:

Lewis County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above West Virginia state average. It is 1.6 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 3/7/1956, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Lewis County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below West Virginia state average. It is 99% 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 75.8 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 81.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Lewis County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Landslides: 6, Mudslides: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Snowfall: 1, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (12%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (5%)
  • Utilities (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Health care (20%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (3%)
  • Extraction workers (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

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




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





Lewis County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,233 (79%)
  • Carpooled: 951 (14%)
  • Walked: 86 (1%)
  • Other means: 32 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 304 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $37,070.

5.14% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($33,462 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.14%
West Virginia average:

5.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.47% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($21,838 average AGI)
1.66% relocated from other states ($11,627 average AGI)
Lewis County:

1.66%
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 Harrison County, WV  0.97% ($36,839 average AGI)
from Upshur County, WV  0.82% ($23,212)
from Gilmer County, WV  0.28% ($27,222)
from Braxton County, WV  0.20% ($18,385)


4.67% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,490 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.67%
West Virginia average:

5.65%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.49% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($20,973 average AGI)
1.18% relocated to other states ($6,517 average AGI)
Lewis County:

1.18%
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 Harrison County, WV  1.10% ($27,600 average AGI)
to Upshur County, WV  0.54% ($26,147)
to Braxton County, WV  0.28% ($24,944)
to Marion County, WV  0.25% ($30,000)
to Monongalia County, WV  0.21% ($33,538)
to Gilmer County, WV  0.16% ($31,400)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in Lewis County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Lewis County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lewis County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,829 (3,029 aged, 800 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.84
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 19554.05
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 408.590
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 84917.11

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1133.790
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1069.830
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.81

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 17.21
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 87.21

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.81

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 176.2. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 16,124

Size of family households: 2,259 2-persons, 1,075 3-persons, 752 4-persons, 324 5-persons, 108 6-persons, 52 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,953 1-person, 293 2-persons, 29 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 7 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

98.5% of residents of Lewis County speak English at home.
0.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (100% speak English very well).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (89% speak English very well, 11% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $129,181,000 ($7540 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,271,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $57,917,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $26,854,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $173,000
Federal grants: $32,629,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,021,000 ($307,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $10,588,000 ($1,737,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $556,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,969,000
Federal Government insurance: $15,957,000

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

Births: 1,002
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,203
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +10
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +493
Here:

+29 per 1000 residents
State:

+6 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lewis County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.32 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.5

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Lewis County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 16
  • 3 rooms: 83
  • 4 rooms: 621
  • 5 rooms: 1,252
  • 6 rooms: 1,159
  • 7 rooms: 905
  • 8 rooms: 519
  • 9+ rooms: 513
  • 1 room: 31
  • 2 rooms: 105
  • 3 rooms: 266
  • 4 rooms: 519
  • 5 rooms: 416
  • 6 rooms: 240
  • 7 rooms: 169
  • 8 rooms: 55
  • 9+ rooms: 77
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lewis County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 5
  • 1 bedroom: 124
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,448
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,579
  • 4 bedrooms: 740
  • 5+ bedrooms: 172
  • no bedroom: 31
  • 1 bedroom: 402
  • 2 bedrooms: 826
  • 3 bedrooms: 471
  • 4 bedrooms: 123
  • 5+ bedrooms: 25
Cars and other vehicles available in Lewis County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 388
  • 1 vehicle: 1,334
  • 2 vehicles: 2,328
  • 3 vehicles: 756
  • 4 vehicles: 176
  • 5+ vehicles: 86
  • no vehicle: 437
  • 1 vehicle: 876
  • 2 vehicles: 446
  • 3 vehicles: 98
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 21

63% of Lewis County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 61% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 62% lived in West Virginia.

Lewis County:

62.8%
State average:

63.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $32,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lewis County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (78.8%)
  • Electricity (9.7%)
  • Wood (5.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.0%)
  • Utility gas (69.8%)
  • Electricity (21.8%)
  • Wood (3.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.2%)
  • Coal or coke (0.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 107
Here:

6.2%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 20
Here:

2.1%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 39
Here:

10.3%
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

Lewis County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Lewis County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Lewis County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Lewis 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 Lewis County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary21978.9 years
William17874.5 years
James17674.1 years
John17474.6 years
Charles13673.1 years
Robert10669.8 years
George8275.1 years
Thomas6372.1 years
Margaret5878.6 years
Ruth5880.8 years
Most common last names in Lewis County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith12474.8 years
Butcher8275.9 years
Brown6475.3 years
Riffle5371.4 years
Taylor5075.7 years
Linger4577.9 years
Burkhammer4375.0 years
Blake4376.7 years
Bailey4276.8 years
Williams4171.9 years
Businesses in Lewis County, WV
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven4Lane Furniture1
Burger King1Little Caesars Pizza1
CVS1Long John Silver's1
Comfort Inn1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Curves1McDonald's1
Dairy Queen1Pizza Hut1
Domino's Pizza1RadioShack1
FedEx3Rite Aid1
GNC1Subway2
H&R Block1Super 82
Hardee's1U-Haul2
Holiday Inn1UPS1
KFC1Walmart1
Kroger1Wendy's1
La-Z-Boy1
Browse common businesses in Lewis County, WV

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