Pleasants County, West Virginia (WV)

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County population in 2012: 7,595 (46% urban, 54% rural); it was 7,514 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,134
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,165
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,325
Renter-occupied apartments: 562 (it was 562 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

27%

Land area: 131 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 58 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Pleasants County: 84.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Construction (51.6%), Educational, health and social services (22.6%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (12.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 42%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 58%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Pleasants County, West Virginia:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.3%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (0.8%)
Median resident age:  42.0 years
West Virginia median age:  41.0 years
Males: 4,079  (49.4%)
Females: 3,526  (50.6%)
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Average household size:
Pleasants County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $42,073 ($32,736 in 1999)

This county:

$42073
West Virginia:

$41253

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $294 (lower quartile is $209, upper quartile is $458)
This county:

$294
State:

$461


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $101,943 (it was $67,100 in 2000)
Pleasants:

$101,943
West Virginia:

$103,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $60,490 - $153,832
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $905
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $290

Institutionalized population: 623

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

Pleasants County, WV map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 5 buildings, average cost: $87,900
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $181,500
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $137,300

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $665 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $533 (0.6%)

Pleasants County household income distribution in 2009 Pleasants County home values distribution Pleasants County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.6%
(14.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 94.9% for Black residents, 32.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.1%
Pleasants County:

15.1%
West Virginia:

18.5%
(14.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 95.1% for Black residents, 37.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 44 years old, American Indian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20 years old)

Area name: Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pleasants County is $393 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $668 a month.

Cities in this county include: St. Marys, Belmont.

Pleasants 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 Pleasants County: Henry Camp (A), Parish (B), Saint Marys Golf Club (C), Cytec Industries Incorporated Willow Island Ambulance (D), Saint Marys Correctional Center (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Pleasants County include: Ingram Church (A), Union Chapel (B), Calcutta United Methodist Church (C), Raven Rock United Methodist Church (D), Beech Run Church (E), Shawnee United Methodist Church (F), Willow Island Baptist Church (G), Maple Lane Church (H), Ruckman Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Craig Cemetery (1), Lamp Cemetery (2), Johnson Cemetery (3), Harness Cemetery (4), Clay Point Cemetery (5), Cloverdale Cemetery (6), Hebron Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Forest City Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Tackets Run (A), Sugar Creek (B), Stouts Run (C), Spice Run (D), Sheets Run (E), Shawnee Run (F), Sharps Run (G), Schultz Run (H), Rock Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Pleasants County: Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Ritchie County , Tyler County , Wood County , Washington County, Ohio .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.0%
West Virginia:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 215
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 35 (40% naturalized citizens)

Pleasants County:

0.5%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 17
  • 1990 to 1994: 4
  • 1985 to 1989: 1
  • 1980 to 1984: 2
  • 1975 to 1979: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 7

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 48.8%

Pleasants County marital status for males Pleasants County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Pleasants County with a mortgage: 698 (52 second mortgage, 68 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 635

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Pleasants County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,62617
Evangelical Protestant76014
Catholic1651
None5,054-
Pleasants 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: 1
Pleasants County:

1.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Pleasants County:

5.56 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
This county:

4.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Pleasants County:

11.9%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Pleasants County:

29.9%
State:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.2%
State:

13.1%

Agriculture in Pleasants County:

Average size of farms: 113 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $2,742
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $80.91
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 54.31%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $6,904
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.66%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $17,953
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 96.06%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.98
Corn for grain: 57 harvested acres
Vegetables: 7 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 6 acres

Earthquake activity:

Pleasants County-area historical earthquake activity is near West Virginia state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 151.8 miles away from Pleasants County center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 169.9 miles away from the county center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 153.8 miles away from the county center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 169.0 miles away from the county center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 187.5 miles away from Pleasants County center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 156.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Pleasants County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Pakistan (37%)
  • Canada (14%)
  • India (11%)
  • Korea (9%)
  • Germany (6%)
  • Other Western Europe (6%)
  • Italy (6%)

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

  • United States or American (36%)
  • English (17%)
  • German (15%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • Scottish (3%)
  • Dutch (2%)

Pleasants County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,499 (85%)
  • Carpooled: 309 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 5 (0%)
  • Walked: 70 (2%)
  • Other means: 11 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 34 (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 186 people in state prisons
  • 62 people in nursing homes
  • 8 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
558 people in state prisons
65 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $49,169.

4.83% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,457 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.83%
West Virginia average:

5.16%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.66% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($19,685 average AGI)
2.17% relocated from other states ($13,772 average AGI)
Pleasants County:

2.17%
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 Wood County, WV  0.91% ($37,333 average AGI)
from Ritchie County, WV  0.84% ($32,318)
from Washington County, OH  0.65% ($40,882)
from Tyler County, WV  0.38% ($43,400)


4.61% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,752 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.61%
West Virginia average:

5.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.82% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($23,529 average AGI)
1.79% relocated to other states ($13,223 average AGI)
Pleasants County:

1.79%
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 Wood County, WV  1.60% ($39,048 average AGI)
to Washington County, OH  0.46% ($42,083)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.7

Births per 1000 population in Pleasants County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Pleasants County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Pleasants County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,363 (1,122 aged, 241 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1016.810
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1016.810

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 67.38
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 94.9

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13.56
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,982

Size of family households: 950 2-persons, 497 3-persons, 361 4-persons, 147 5-persons, 46 6-persons, 20 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 712 1-person, 116 2-persons, 6 3-persons, 4 4-persons, 2 5-persons.

1,296 married couples with children.
333 single-parent households (75 men, 258 women).

98.6% of residents of Pleasants County speak English at home.
0.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (57% speak English very well, 39% speak English well, 4% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $39,956,000 ($5370 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $578,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $21,281,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,831,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $28,000
Federal grants: $7,702,000
Federal procurement contracts: $233,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $880,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,438,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,048,000
Federal Government insurance: $5,724,000

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

Births: 405
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 465
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +9
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -78
Here -11 per 1000 residents
State +6 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Pleasants County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.56 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.5

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 71
  • 2000 to 2004: 315
  • 1990 to 1999: 642
  • 1980 to 1989: 414
  • 1970 to 1979: 522
  • 1960 to 1969: 224
  • 1950 to 1959: 327
  • 1940 to 1949: 215
  • 1939 or earlier: 662
Rooms in houses/apartments in Pleasants County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 15
  • 3 rooms: 36
  • 4 rooms: 250
  • 5 rooms: 655
  • 6 rooms: 607
  • 7 rooms: 376
  • 8 rooms: 222
  • 9+ rooms: 164
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 21
  • 3 rooms: 108
  • 4 rooms: 120
  • 5 rooms: 156
  • 6 rooms: 75
  • 7 rooms: 41
  • 8 rooms: 18
  • 9+ rooms: 21
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Pleasants County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 72
  • 2 bedrooms: 549
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,405
  • 4 bedrooms: 239
  • 5+ bedrooms: 60
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 120
  • 2 bedrooms: 224
  • 3 bedrooms: 166
  • 4 bedrooms: 41
  • 5+ bedrooms: 9
Cars and other vehicles available in Pleasants County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 176
  • 1 vehicle: 634
  • 2 vehicles: 1,063
  • 3 vehicles: 385
  • 4 vehicles: 50
  • 5+ vehicles: 17
  • no vehicle: 120
  • 1 vehicle: 265
  • 2 vehicles: 145
  • 3 vehicles: 30
  • 4 vehicles: 2
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

65% of Pleasants County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 55% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 63% lived in West Virginia.

Pleasants County:

64.5%
State average:

63.6%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $71,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Pleasants County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (79.0%)
  • Electricity (9.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.5%)
  • Wood (3.9%)
  • Other fuel (1.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (70.1%)
  • Electricity (27.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.6%)
  • Other fuel (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 24
Here:

2.9%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 16
Here:

3.7%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 29
Here:

14.7%
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)

Pleasants County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General - Other: $234,000
    Corrections - Other: $10,000
  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $893,000
    Police Protection: $581,000
    Financial Administration: $527,000
    Parks and Recreation: $387,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $245,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $171,000
    General - Other: $160,000
    Health - Other: $115,000
    General Public Buildings: $77,000
    Local Fire Protection: $37,000
    Corrections - Other: $12,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $12,933,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,099,000

Pleasants County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $370,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $27,000
    General Local Government Support: $10,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $12,936,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $93,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $54,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $133,000
    General Local Government Support: $52,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,524,000
    Other Selective Sales: $263,000
    Other License: $3,000

Pleasants County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $184,528,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $174,683,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $9,845,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $322,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $252,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $70,000

Pleasants County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,363,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $174,683,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Pleasants County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Pleasants County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Pleasants County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William6475.4 years
James5273.6 years
Charles5170.5 years
Mary5180.7 years
Robert4573.1 years
John3776.0 years
George3375.1 years
Richard2366.5 years
Ruth2378.8 years
Virginia2277.2 years
Most common last names in Pleasants County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith4177.8 years
Wilson3476.5 years
Davis3377.3 years
Boley2973.3 years
Taylor2773.5 years
Bailey2476.2 years
Cox2374.0 years
Stewart2274.6 years
Locke2278.0 years
Lamp2272.5 years
Businesses in Pleasants County, WV
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Rite Aid1
Domino's Pizza1Subway1
Ford1UPS1
H&R Block1Wendy's1
McDonald's1

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