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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. 2012 cost of living index in Pleasants County: 85.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (25.8%), Manufacturing (12.2%), Retail trade (11.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 4%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Pleasants County, West Virginia:


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 2009: $41,267 ($32,736 in 1999)
This county:

$41267
West Virginia:

$37435

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $349 (lower quartile is $227, upper quartile is $412)
This county:

$349
State:

$415


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $95,534 (it was $67,100 in 2000)
Pleasants County:

$95,534
West Virginia:

$94,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $53,301 - $138,718

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $150,385
Here:

$150,385
State:

$134,377

Townhouses or other attached units: $750
Here:

$750
State:

$154,643

In 2-unit structures: $51,852
Here:

$51,852
State:

$132,801

Mobile homes: $98,634
Here:

$98,634
State:

$32,459
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $933
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $288

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:


Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $531 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $382 (0.5%)


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 2009: 13.2%
(11.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 98.9% for Black residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 42.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 34 years old, Asian residents: 18 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 18 years old, Other race residents: 32 years old)

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

13.7%
Whole state:

17.9%

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

5.5%
Whole state:

7.6%

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
Local government website: www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/3918

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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 .

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


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:

52.4% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 34.47%
Here34.5%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,590
Total congregations: 27

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAChurches of ChristNational Association of Free Will BaptistsCatholic Church
Adherents877 (33.9%)681 (26.3%)380 (14.7%)123 (4.7%)116 (4.5%)
Congregations8 (29.6%)4 (14.8%)6 (22.2%)2 (7.4%)1 (3.7%)
NameInternational Pentecostal Holiness ChurchChurch of the NazareneEpiscopal ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Other
Adherents88 (3.4%)76 (2.9%)74 (2.9%)72 (2.8%)103 (4.0%)
Congregations1 (3.7%)1 (3.7%)1 (3.7%)1 (3.7%)2 (7.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Pleasants County - St. Marys, Belmont

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

1.39 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
This county:

5.56 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Pleasants County:

4.17 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.9%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.9%
West Virginia:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Pleasants County:

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 significantly below West Virginia state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1991 at 18:34:51, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 80.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

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 (%)
Males Females
  • Chemicals (17%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Utilities (6%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (23%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (13%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)

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




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





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:

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 2005 was $42,640.

5.03% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($27,000 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.03%
West Virginia average:

5.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.23% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($17,802 average AGI)
1.81% relocated from other states ($9,198 average AGI)
Pleasants County:

1.81%
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 Wood County, WV  1.54% ($29,100 average AGI)
from Washington County, OH  0.61% ($28,250)
from Ritchie County, WV  0.58% ($28,133)
from Tyler County, WV  0.46% ($30,167)


6.12% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,261 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.12%
West Virginia average:

5.65%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.42% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($18,398 average AGI)
2.70% relocated to other states ($11,863 average AGI)
Pleasants County:

2.70%
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 Wood County, WV  1.63% ($34,884 average AGI)
to Washington County, OH  0.95% ($25,560)
to Ritchie County, WV  0.80% ($33,619)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Pleasants County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Pleasants County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Pleasants County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Pleasants County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Pleasants County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

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
Domino's Pizza1Subway1
H&R Block1UPS1
McDonald's1Wendy's1
Rite Aid1

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