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:
Land area: 432 sq. mi. Water area: 13.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 63 people per square mile
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%).
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%)
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:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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:
West Virginia Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3221): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3221, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 27, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1558): September 20, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1558, Natural disaster type: Storm, Landslide, Flood
West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides, Incident Period: May 27, 2004 to June 28, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1522): June 7, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1522, Natural disaster type: Storm, Landslide, Flood
West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides, Incident Period: June 11, 2003 to July 15, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1474): June 21, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1474, Natural disaster type: Storm, Landslide, Flood
West Virginia Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: February 16, 2003 to March 28, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1455): March 14, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1455, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
West Virginia Severe Storms & Flooding, Incident Period: May 15, 2001 to September 4, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1378): June 3, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1378, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
West Virginia West Virginia Winter Storm, Incident Period: February 18, 2000 to February 22, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1319): February 28, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1319, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
West Virginia Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 28, 1997 to March 15, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1168): March 7, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1168, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
West Virginia Flooding, Incident Period: January 19, 1996 to February 2, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1096): January 25, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1096, Natural disaster type: Flood
West Virginia Blizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1084): January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1084, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
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).
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:
In family households: 22,632 (5,475 male householders, 2,174 female householders)
5,853 spouses, 7,180 children (6,493 natural, 172 adopted, 515 stepchildren), 713 grandchildren, 152 brothers or sisters, 187 parents, 222 other relatives, 546 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 4,057 (1,609 male householders (1,333 living alone)), 1,891 female householders (1,723 living alone)), 557 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 635 (614 institutionalized population)
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.
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:
60 per 1000 residents
60 per 1000 residents
62 per 1000 residents
61 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: 0
0 per 1000 residents
+2 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -105
-4 per 1000 residents
+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:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 239
2000 to 2004: 808
1990 to 1999: 1,864
1980 to 1989: 1,615
1970 to 1979: 2,301
1960 to 1969: 1,319
1950 to 1959: 1,460
1940 to 1949: 995
1939 or earlier: 1,917
Rooms in houses/apartments in Mason County, West Virginia
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.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 17959
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