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McDowell County, West Virginia (WV)


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County population in 2012: 21,326 (14% urban, 86% rural); it was 27,329 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,545
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,746
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,917
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,885 (it was 2,252 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

27%

Land area: 535 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 41 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in McDowell County: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (28.2%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (15.9%), Retail trade (11.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 68%
  • Government: 30%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 2%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in McDowell County, West Virginia:


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

Males: 10,937  (58.7%)
Females: 11,176  (41.3%)

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Average household size:
McDowell County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $21,343 ($16,931 in 1999)
This county:

$21343
West Virginia:

$37435

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $240 (lower quartile is $165, upper quartile is $317)
This county:

$240
State:

$415


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $31,534 (it was $20,800 in 2000)
McDowell County:

$31,534
West Virginia:

$94,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $16,874 - $51,140

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $58,447
Here:

$58,447
State:

$134,377

Townhouses or other attached units: $59,119
Here:

$59,119
State:

$154,643

In 2-unit structures: $24,241
Here:

$24,241
State:

$132,801

Mobile homes: $40,489
Here:

$40,489
State:

$32,459

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $10,434
Here:

$10,434
State:

$30,386
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $795
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $172

Institutionalized population: 438

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):


McDowell 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: $158 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $127 (0.4%)


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


McDowell County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 34.0%
(33.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.0% for Black residents, 27.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 48 years old, American Indian residents: 44 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 38 years old, Other race residents: 49 years old)

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

37.7%
Whole state:

17.9%

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

18.2%
Whole state:

7.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in McDowell County is $396 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $459 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $626 a month.

Cities in this county include: Welch, Gary, War, Northfork, Raysal, Keystone, Kimball, Davy, Iaeger, Bradshaw.

McDowell County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in McDowell County: Shawnee Mountain Lookout Tower (A), Olga Number 2 Lookout Tower (B), Panther Lookout Tower (C), Black Wolf Links Golf Course (D), Camp Big Creek (E), Panther Volunteer Fire Department (F), Berwind Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (G), Coalwood Caretta Volunteer Fire Department (H), McDowell Volunteer Fire Department (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in McDowell County include: Union Church (A), Kimball Church (B), Pilgrim Rest Church (C), Little Flock Church (D), Bee Branch Church (E), Little Vine Church (F), Little Zion Church (G), Short Ridge Church (H), Shiloh Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hartwell-Berwind Cemetery (1), Hagerman Cemetery (2), Haggy Cemetery (3), Wimmer Cemetery (4), Blankenship Cemetery (5), Blevins Cemetery (6), Bowles Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Slagle Impoundment (A), Jenkinjones Impoundment (B), Algoma Coal Impoundment (C), Keystone Refuse Impoundment (D), Grapevine Branch Refuse Bank Lake (E), Vallscreek Slurry Pond (F), Lake Berwind (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Turkey Branch (A), Trap Fork (B), Trail Fork (C), Trace Fork (D), Toms Branch (E), Threefork Branch (F), Tea Branch (G), Taylor Fork (H), Tantrough Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in McDowell County include: Anawalt Lake Wildlife Management Area (1), Berwind Lake Wildlife Management Area (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Buchanan County, Virginia , Mercer County , Mingo County , Wyoming County , Tazewell County, Virginia .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 473
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 50.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 5.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 136 (65% naturalized citizens)

McDowell County:

0.5%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 72.8%

McDowell County marital status for males
McDowell County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in McDowell County with a mortgage: 1,391 (42 second mortgage, 43 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,568

Here:

23.3% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 19.71%
Here19.7%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 5,387
Total congregations: 98

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristCatholic Church
Adherents1,171 (21.7%)975 (18.1%)698 (13.0%)596 (11.1%)470 (8.7%)
Congregations27 (27.6%)16 (16.3%)13 (13.3%)5 (5.1%)4 (4.1%)
NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAAssemblies of GodSouthern Baptist ConventionChurches of ChristOther
Adherents363 (6.7%)297 (5.5%)176 (3.3%)163 (3.0%)478 (8.9%)
Congregations4 (4.1%)6 (6.1%)3 (3.1%)5 (5.1%)15 (15.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in McDowell County - Welch, Gary, War, Northfork, Raysal

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
This county:

3.48 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
McDowell County:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.

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

1.31 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
This county:

8.70 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
McDowell County:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

14.6%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

32.5%
West Virginia:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
McDowell County:

15.8%
State:

13.1%


Agriculture in McDowell County:

Average size of farms: 122 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $6,553
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $11,217
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $41,664
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 100.00%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.45

Tornado activity:

McDowell County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below West Virginia state average. It is 4.3 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

McDowell County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above West Virginia state average. It is 76% 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 21.1 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 25.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 22.9 miles away from the county center
On 10/26/1995 at 00:37:28, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 86.2 miles away from McDowell County center
On 4/19/1996 at 08:50:14, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 82.3 miles away from the county center
On 3/11/1995 at 08:15:52, a magnitude 3.8 (3.7 MB, 3.8 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 88.8 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 McDowell County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 10, Landslides: 7, Mudslides: 3, Floods: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 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
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (24%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Health care (25%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Food and beverage stores (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10%)
  • Extraction workers (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Material moving workers except laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (9%)
  • Cashiers (9%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (8%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)

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




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





McDowell County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,938 (83%)
  • Carpooled: 663 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 19 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 18 (0%)
  • Walked: 190 (3%)
  • Other means: 55 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 37 (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $31,447.

4.75% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($20,318 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.75%
West Virginia average:

5.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.71% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($6,547 average AGI)
3.04% relocated from other states ($13,771 average AGI)
McDowell County:

3.04%
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 Mercer County, WV  0.86% ($16,213 average AGI)
from Tazewell County, VA  0.28% ($19,400)
from Iredell County, NC  0.26% ($23,857)
from Wyoming County, WV  0.26% ($30,571)


6.28% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,738 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.28%
West Virginia average:

5.65%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.31% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($15,354 average AGI)
2.97% relocated to other states ($12,383 average AGI)
McDowell County:

2.97%
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 Mercer County, WV  2.32% ($24,922 average AGI)
to Tazewell County, VA  0.45% ($44,640)
to Wyoming County, WV  0.25% ($29,929)
to Buchanan County, VA  0.20% ($24,455)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Births per 1000 population in McDowell County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.3

Deaths per 1000 population in McDowell County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 12.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 13.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in McDowell County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 6,918 (4,106 aged, 2,812 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.04
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4339.560
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 436.790
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 33353.55

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1240.060
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1734.440
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4.12

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 6.69
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 20.6

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 142.2. This is more than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 193.4. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 153.6
  • Other - 39.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 21,642

Size of family households: 2,923 2-persons, 1,618 3-persons, 1,029 4-persons, 412 5-persons, 141 6-persons, 73 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,646 1-person, 303 2-persons, 24 3-persons, 6 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

98.6% of residents of McDowell County speak English at home.
0.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (66% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 22% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (65% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 18% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (48% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 20% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $277,807,000 ($11235 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,420,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $116,416,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $61,545,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,155,000
Federal grants: $89,553,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,788,000 ($1,531,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $6,350,000 ($1,658,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $365,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $136,000
Federal Government insurance: $47,989,000

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

Births: 1,552
Here:

64 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,018
Here:

83 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -2,528
Here -104 per 1000 residents
State +6 per 1000 residents

Population growth in McDowell County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.92 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

4.5

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in McDowell County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 18
  • 2 rooms: 56
  • 3 rooms: 210
  • 4 rooms: 1,584
  • 5 rooms: 2,419
  • 6 rooms: 2,239
  • 7 rooms: 1,146
  • 8 rooms: 700
  • 9+ rooms: 545
  • 1 room: 14
  • 2 rooms: 31
  • 3 rooms: 238
  • 4 rooms: 607
  • 5 rooms: 591
  • 6 rooms: 378
  • 7 rooms: 188
  • 8 rooms: 119
  • 9+ rooms: 86
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in McDowell County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 30
  • 1 bedroom: 259
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,106
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,220
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,068
  • 5+ bedrooms: 234
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 369
  • 2 bedrooms: 969
  • 3 bedrooms: 704
  • 4 bedrooms: 151
  • 5+ bedrooms: 39
Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 1,223
  • 1 vehicle: 3,531
  • 2 vehicles: 3,125
  • 3 vehicles: 820
  • 4 vehicles: 162
  • 5+ vehicles: 56
  • no vehicle: 805
  • 1 vehicle: 1,059
  • 2 vehicles: 325
  • 3 vehicles: 52
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

76% of McDowell County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 74% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 41% lived in West Virginia.

McDowell County:

75.8%
State average:

63.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $9,999


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 6%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 7%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in McDowell County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (44.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (19.4%)
  • Coal or coke (17.5%)
  • Utility gas (8.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.4%)
  • Wood (1.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)
  • Electricity (39.7%)
  • Coal or coke (25.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (15.5%)
  • Utility gas (12.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.4%)
  • Wood (2.0%)
  • No fuel used (1.1%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 73
Here:

2.4%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 51
Here:

3.3%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 29
Here:

6.9%
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.)


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

McDowell 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 McDowell County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James25869.0 years
William22571.2 years
John22470.6 years
Mary16377.2 years
Robert14368.6 years
George11572.6 years
Charles11570.9 years
Frank7174.4 years
Thomas6268.7 years
Walter6173.4 years
Most common last names in McDowell County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith9572.9 years
Mullins9171.8 years
Lester7066.3 years
Jones6571.7 years
Williams6270.6 years
Blankenship6170.6 years
Bailey5771.4 years
Johnson5770.9 years
Roberts5770.3 years
Rose5675.2 years
Businesses in McDowell County, WV
NameCountNameCount
H&R Block1Subway1
KFC1True Value1
Long John Silver's1U-Haul2
McDonald's1Walmart1
Pizza Hut1Wendy's1
Rite Aid5
Browse common businesses in McDowell County, WV

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