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Mason County, West Virginia (WV)


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County population in 2012: 27,179 (35% urban, 65% rural); it was 25,957 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,257
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,609
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,567
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,283 (it was 2,020 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

27%

Land area: 432 sq. mi.
Water area: 13.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 63 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Mason County: 85.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.9%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (16.2%), Manufacturing (14.4%), Retail trade (12.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 80%
  • Government: 17%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 3%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Mason County, West Virginia:


Median resident age:  42.0 years
West Virginia median age:  41.0 years

Males: 13,131  (46.6%)
Females: 14,193  (53.4%)

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Mason County,WV real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Mason County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $34,205 ($27,134 in 1999)
This county:

$34205
West Virginia:

$37435

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $317 (lower quartile is $239, upper quartile is $397)
This county:

$317
State:

$415


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $80,646 (it was $58,200 in 2000)
Mason County:

$80,646
West Virginia:

$94,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $44,070 - $122,756

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $125,445
Here:

$125,445
State:

$134,377

Townhouses or other attached units: $436,746
Here:

$436,746
State:

$154,643

Mobile homes: $74,345
Here:

$74,345
State:

$32,459
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $821
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $232

Institutionalized population: 614

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):


Mason 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: $466 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $341 (0.5%)


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


Mason County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 19.9%
(20.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 26.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 51 years old, Asian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 23 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:

8.5%
Whole state:

7.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Mason County is $389 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $459 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $582 a month.

Cities in this county include: Point Pleasant, New Haven, Mason, Gallipolis Ferry, Hartford City, Henderson, Apple Grove, Leon.

Mason 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 Mason County: Hidden Valley Country Club (A), Chief Cornstalk Headquarters (B), Ben Lomond (C), Clements State Tree Nursery (D), Deerlick (E), Nat (F), Riverside Golf Club (G), Hidden Valley Country Club Golf Course (H), Graham Station (I), Maupin Landing (J), Mason County Emergency Ambulance Service (K), Flat Rock Volunteer Fire Department (L), Lakin Hospital Nursing Facility (M), Lakin Correctional Center (N), West Virginia Division of Forestry Mason County Field Office (O). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Mason County include: Vernon Church (A), Vaught Memorial Church (B), Valley Ridge Church (C), Union Church (D), Trinity Church (E), Krebs Chapel (F), Tabor Church (G), Staten Chapel (H), Spilman Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Graham Cemetery (1), Peter Fry Cemetery (2), Big Spruce Cemetery (3), Mount Zion Cemetery (4), Kirkland Memorial Gardens (5), King Cemetery (6), Broad Run Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Blue Goose Pond (A), Pond Number Nine (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Tombleson Run (A), Tom Allen Creek (B), Thirteenmile Creek (C), Spruce Run (D), Spring Run (E), Sliding Hill Creek (F), Shady Fork (G), Seaman Run (H), Sapsucker Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Mason County include: Chief Cornstalk Wildlife Management Area (1), McClintic Wildlife Management Area (2), Clifton F McClintic State Wildlife Station (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Cabell County , Jackson County , Gallia County, Ohio , Putnam County , Meigs County, Ohio .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 752
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 72.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 8.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 126 (39% naturalized citizens)

Mason County:

0.5%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 52.9%

Mason County marital status for males
Mason County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Mason County with a mortgage: 2,805 (190 second mortgage, 349 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,419

Here:

53.7% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 26.93%
Here26.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,989
Total congregations: 61

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USACatholic ChurchChurches of ChristChurch of the Nazarene
Adherents3,000 (42.9%)1,517 (21.7%)410 (5.9%)398 (5.7%)293 (4.2%)
Congregations30 (49.2%)7 (11.5%)2 (3.3%)4 (6.6%)1 (1.6%)
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLDS (Mormon) ChurchChurch of God (Anderson, Indiana)Southern Baptist ConventionOther
Adherents239 (3.4%)237 (3.4%)191 (2.7%)171 (2.4%)533 (7.6%)
Congregations4 (6.6%)1 (1.6%)2 (3.3%)2 (3.3%)8 (13.1%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Mason County - Point Pleasant, New Haven, Mason, Gallipolis Ferry, Hartford City

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

1.57 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Mason County:

0.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Mason County:

0.78 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
This county:

4.31 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Mason County:

4.70 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

14.1%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

31.9%
West Virginia:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Mason County:

14.5%
State:

13.1%


Agriculture in Mason County:

Average size of farms: 151 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $17,972
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $330.01
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 40.10%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $17,287
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 21.57%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $25,120
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.31%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.49
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 8.99%
Corn for grain: 3693 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 581 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 4901 harvested acres
Vegetables: 96 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 15 acres

Tornado activity:

Mason County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is near West Virginia state average. It is 3.6 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/2/1998, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured one person and caused $70,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

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

On 2/19/1995 at 12:57:06, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, 3.6 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 79.5 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 42.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), duration magnitude (MD)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Mason County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Landslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Floods: 2, 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 (11%)
  • Metal and metal products (9%)
  • Utilities (8%)
  • Chemicals (6%)
  • Health care (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Health care (26%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)

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




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





Mason County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 7,711 (84%)
  • Carpooled: 951 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 12 (0%)
  • Walked: 274 (3%)
  • Other means: 61 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 219 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $39,707.

4.31% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($27,716 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.31%
West Virginia average:

5.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.85% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($14,303 average AGI)
2.46% relocated from other states ($13,413 average AGI)
Mason County:

2.46%
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 Cabell County, WV  0.52% ($36,841 average AGI)
from Gallia County, OH  0.48% ($22,561)
from Putnam County, WV  0.45% ($30,868)
from Meigs County, OH  0.40% ($17,735)
from Jackson County, WV  0.24% ($25,800)
from Kanawha County, WV  0.21% ($29,944)
from Franklin County, OH  0.16% ($22,214)


4.46% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,737 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.46%
West Virginia average:

5.65%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
1.72% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($10,142 average AGI)
2.75% relocated to other states ($20,595 average AGI)
Mason County:

2.75%
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 Gallia County, OH  0.80% ($34,000 average AGI)
to Cabell County, WV  0.41% ($24,429)
to Putnam County, WV  0.38% ($29,250)
to Meigs County, OH  0.34% ($26,276)
to Jackson County, WV  0.28% ($29,292)
to Kanawha County, WV  0.19% ($27,188)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.4

Births per 1000 population in Mason County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Mason County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Mason County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 5,015 (3,963 aged, 1,052 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.85
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 22670.68
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 774.840
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 83038.43

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1086.910
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1253.830

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 27.06
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 34.94

Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 149.5. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 116.3
  • Other - 33.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 26,689

Size of family households: 3,681 2-persons, 1,838 3-persons, 1,305 4-persons, 560 5-persons, 183 6-persons, 82 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 3,056 1-person, 378 2-persons, 36 3-persons, 17 4-persons, 11 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

98.3% of residents of Mason County speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (77% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (78% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (95% speak English very well, 5% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $167,714,000 ($6465 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $16,210,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $78,840,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $33,481,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,061,000
Federal grants: $35,006,000
Federal procurement contracts: $7,562,000 ($6,508,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $11,764,000 ($7,758,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $644,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,896,000
Federal Government insurance: $15,553,000

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

Births: 1,548
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,605
Here:

62 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: -105
Here -4 per 1000 residents
State +6 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Mason County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.97 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.5

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Mason County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 11
  • 2 rooms: 12
  • 3 rooms: 174
  • 4 rooms: 1,183
  • 5 rooms: 2,435
  • 6 rooms: 2,297
  • 7 rooms: 1,291
  • 8 rooms: 673
  • 9+ rooms: 491
  • 1 room: 42
  • 2 rooms: 61
  • 3 rooms: 285
  • 4 rooms: 560
  • 5 rooms: 678
  • 6 rooms: 195
  • 7 rooms: 125
  • 8 rooms: 37
  • 9+ rooms: 37
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Mason County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 11
  • 1 bedroom: 229
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,519
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,614
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,002
  • 5+ bedrooms: 192
  • no bedroom: 42
  • 1 bedroom: 393
  • 2 bedrooms: 864
  • 3 bedrooms: 610
  • 4 bedrooms: 61
  • 5+ bedrooms: 50
Cars and other vehicles available in Mason County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 562
  • 1 vehicle: 2,509
  • 2 vehicles: 3,767
  • 3 vehicles: 1,298
  • 4 vehicles: 321
  • 5+ vehicles: 110
  • no vehicle: 510
  • 1 vehicle: 1,008
  • 2 vehicles: 415
  • 3 vehicles: 73
  • 4 vehicles: 4
  • 5+ vehicles: 10

67% of Mason County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 64% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 42% lived in West Virginia.

Mason County:

66.7%
State average:

63.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $52,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Mason County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (49.7%)
  • Utility gas (21.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.1%)
  • Wood (6.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5.5%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)
  • Electricity (43.7%)
  • Utility gas (29.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7.1%)
  • Wood (6.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 42
Here:

1.6%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 28
Here:

1.9%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 92
Here:

14.6%
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

Mason County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:


Mason County government finances - Revenue in 2004:


Mason County government finances - Debt in 2004:


Mason County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Mason 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 Mason County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James14069.4 years
Charles13073.8 years
William12970.0 years
John12773.6 years
Mary12177.9 years
Robert10669.9 years
George7572.5 years
Helen4580.4 years
Harry4475.9 years
Margaret4275.0 years
Most common last names in Mason County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Roush12475.6 years
Smith8974.9 years
Johnson7977.2 years
Jones5977.3 years
Miller4373.5 years
Hall4072.9 years
Stewart4076.7 years
Sayre4076.9 years
Mcdaniel3970.7 years
Thomas3277.4 years
Businesses in Mason County, WV
NameCountNameCount
Dairy Queen1McDonald's1
Domino's Pizza1Rite Aid1
FedEx1Subway2
Goodwill1UPS1
H&R Block1Walmart1
Jimmy John's1Wendy's1
Little Caesars Pizza1
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