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McDowell County, West Virginia (WV)

County population in 2014: 20,448 (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: 38 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in McDowell County: 84.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (38.0%), Educational, health and social services (38.0%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (15.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 91%
  • Government: 7%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 1%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in McDowell County, West Virginia:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (88.8%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (9.5%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)
Median resident age:  43.0 years
West Virginia median age:  41.0 years
Males: 10,113  (49.5%)
Females: 10,335  (50.5%)
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Average household size:
McDowell County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $23,744 ($16,931 in 1999)

This county:

$23744
West Virginia:

$41253

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $299 (lower quartile is $214, upper quartile is $421)
This county:

$299
State:

$461


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $36,670 (it was $20,800 in 2000)
McDowell:

$36,670
West Virginia:

$103,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $21,902 - $59,744
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $671
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $235

Institutionalized population: 438

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 21
  • Burglaries: 42
  • Thefts: 50
  • Auto thefts: 21

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 6
  • Burglaries: 34
  • Thefts: 78
  • Auto thefts: 10
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $22,900
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $22,900
  • 2009: 9 buildings, average cost: $137,700
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 9 buildings, average cost: $85,100
  • 2013: 12 buildings, average cost: $70,700
  • 2014: 7 buildings, average cost: $79,800

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $273 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $205 (0.6%)

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 2013: 36.1%
(36.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.0% for Black residents, 62.6% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 36.9%
McDowell County:

36.9%
West Virginia:

18.5%
(37.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.1% for Black residents, 69.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 44 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 45 years old, American Indian residents: 69 years old, Asian residents: 36 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 35 years old)

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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Neighboring counties: Barton County, Missouri , Mariposa County, California , Greene County, Missouri , Pope County, Illinois , Metcalfe County, Kentucky , York County, Virginia .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

11.8%
West Virginia:

6.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 11
  • 1990 to 1994: 9
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 4
  • 1975 to 1979: 5
  • 1970 to 1974: 7
  • 1970 to 1974: 7
  • 1965 to 1969: 93

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:

  • One, detached: 9,201
  • One, attached: 232
  • Two: 175
  • 3 or 4: 123
  • 5 to 9: 146
  • 10 to 19: 107
  • 20 or more: 177
  • Mobile homes: 3,395
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 26

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for McDowell County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant2,60453
Mainline Protestant91427
Black Protestant53111
Other4712
Catholic3134
None17,280-
McDowell 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: 8
McDowell County:

3.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

1.31 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
McDowell County:

8.70 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
McDowell County:

14.6%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
McDowell County:

32.5%
State:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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

Earthquake activity:

McDowell County-area historical earthquake activity is near West Virginia state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 139.5 miles away from McDowell County center
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 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 134.6 miles away from McDowell County center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 170.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • West VirginiaSevere Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides, Incident Period: June 12, 2010 to June 29, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1918): June 24, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1918, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • West VirginiaSevere Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: December 18, 2009 to December 20, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1881): March 2, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1881, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • West VirginiaSevere Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides, Incident Period: May 3, 2009 to June 8, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1838): May 15, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1838, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • West VirginiaSevere Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: April 14, 2007 to April 18, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1696): May 1, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1696, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • West VirginiaHurricane 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 VirginiaSevere 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 VirginiaSevere Storms, Flooding, and Landslides, Incident Period: November 11, 2003 to November 30, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1500): November 21, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1500, Natural disaster type: Storm, Landslide, Flood
  • West VirginiaSevere 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 VirginiaSevere 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 VirginiaSevere Storms, Flooding, and Landslides, Incident Period: May 2, 2002 to May 20, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1410): May 5, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1410, Natural disaster type: Storm, Landslide, Flood
  • 8 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

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: 12, Storms: 10, Landslides: 7, Mudslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 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
  • Health care and social assistance (33%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
  • Health care and social assistance (32%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (31%)
  • Transportation occupations (17%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

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

  • Italy (27%)
  • Germany (20%)
  • United Kingdom (14%)
  • Vietnam (9%)
  • Other South Eastern Asia (7%)
  • India (6%)
  • Philippines (5%)

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

  • United States or American (44%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • German (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • Dutch (1%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)

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:

  • 164 people in nursing homes
  • 95 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 34 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 10 people in other nonhousehold living situations

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

  • 332 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 106 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 33 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $38,609.

4.14% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($27,178 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.14%
West Virginia average:

5.16%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.82% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($11,574 average AGI)
2.32% relocated from other states ($15,604 average AGI)
McDowell County:

2.32%
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 Mercer County, WV  1.04% ($21,776 average AGI)
from Tazewell County, VA  0.32% ($31,278)
from Wyoming County, WV  0.22% ($39,500)


4.94% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,144 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.94%
West Virginia average:

5.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.59% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($13,751 average AGI)
2.36% relocated to other states ($12,394 average AGI)
McDowell County:

2.36%
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 Mercer County, WV  1.69% ($29,358 average AGI)
to Tazewell County, VA  0.39% ($34,045)
to Buchanan County, VA  0.23% ($26,846)
to Kanawha County, WV  0.20% ($11,182)

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 from 2007 to 2014: 16.8

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

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 20.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.4%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 6,353 (3,556 aged, 2,797 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 173 (3%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in McDowell County, West Virginia in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (504)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (431)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (354)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (340)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (306)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (170)
  • Accidental poisoning by and exposure to other and unspecified drugs, medicaments and biological substances (130)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (120)
  • Other ill-defined and unspecified causes of mortality (109)
  • Unspecified dementia (107)

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
  • In family households: 18,289 (4,106 male householders, 2,090 female householders)
    4,411 spouses, 5,383 children (4,833 natural, 255 adopted, 295 stepchildren), 927 grandchildren, 214 brothers or sisters, 163 parents, 300 other relatives, 563 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 3,353 (1,371 male householders (1,190 living alone)), 1,609 female householders (1,456 living alone)), 373 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 471 (438 institutionalized population)

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.

3,706 married couples with children.
1,706 single-parent households (325 men, 1,381 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 125
  • 2000 to 2004: 508
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,270
  • 1980 to 1989: 939
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,121
  • 1960 to 1969: 462
  • 1950 to 1959: 822
  • 1940 to 1949: 798
  • 1939 or earlier: 4,206
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:

  • This state: 22503
  • Northeast: 368
  • Midwest: 812
  • South: 3421
  • West: 48

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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 3,392
  • Number of aged recipients: 57
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 3,335
  • Number of recipients under 18: 283
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,745
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 364
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 766
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,694
McDowell County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
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McDowell County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
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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
Advance Auto Parts1Rite Aid5
H&R Block1Subway1
KFC1True Value1
Long John Silver's1U-Haul2
McDonald's1Walmart1
Pizza Hut1Wendy's1

McDowell County on our top lists:

  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"