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Preston County, West Virginia (WV)


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County population in 2012: 33,832 (10% urban, 90% rural); it was 29,334 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 5,100
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,440
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 9,596
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,355 (it was 1,948 in 2000)
% of renters here:

17%
State:

27%

Land area: 648 sq. mi.
Water area: 3.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 52 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

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

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.1%), Retail trade (14.7%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (10.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 8%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Preston County, West Virginia:


Median resident age:  42.0 years
West Virginia median age:  41.0 years

Males: 17,298  (43.4%)
Females: 16,222  (56.6%)

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Preston County,WV real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Preston County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $35,204 ($27,927 in 1999)
This county:

$35204
West Virginia:

$37435

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $325 (lower quartile is $221, upper quartile is $392)
This county:

$325
State:

$415


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $84,885 (it was $56,700 in 2000)
Preston County:

$84,885
West Virginia:

$94,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $47,445 - $148,379

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $113,721
Here:

$113,721
State:

$134,377

Townhouses or other attached units: $337,870
Here:

$337,870
State:

$154,643

In 2-unit structures: $578,490
Here:

$578,490
State:

$132,801

Mobile homes: $61,885
Here:

$61,885
State:

$32,459
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $847
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $235

Institutionalized population: 2,350

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):


Preston 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: $356 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $219 (0.3%)


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


Preston County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 15.0%
(14.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.0% for Black residents, 4.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 35.2% 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: 39 years old, American Indian residents: 45 years old, Asian residents: 39 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 32 years old, Other race residents: 32 years old)

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

18.3%
Whole state:

17.9%

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

7.1%
Whole state:

7.6%

Area name: Morgantown, WV MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Preston County is $433 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $512 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $664 a month.

Cities in this county include: Kingwood, Terra Alta, Masontown, Rowlesburg, Reedsville, Newburg, Tunnelton, Albright, Brandonville, Bruceton Mills.

Preston County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Preston County: White (A), Snaggy Mountain Lookout Tower (B), Reckart Mill (C), Caddell Mountain Lookout Tower (D), Morgan Mines (E), Preston Country Club Golf Course (F), Alpine Lake Resort Golf Course (G), Old Virginia Furnace (H), Reedsville Volunteer Fire Department (I), Union Ambulance Service Incorporated (J), Mountaineer Ambulance Service Incorporated 48 (K), Valley District Ambulance Service Incorporated (L), Fellowsville Volunteer Fire Department (M), Mount Grove Volunteer Fire Department (N), United States Penitentiary - Hazleton (O), Aurora Volunteer Fire Department (P), Bruceton Mills - Brandonville Volunteer Fire Department (Q), Alpine Lake Resort and Conference Center (R). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Preston County include: Hopewell Church (A), Irona Church (B), Mount Israel United Methodist Church (C), Lenox Church (D), Snider United Methodist Church (E), Beatty United Methodist Church (F), Beech Run United Methodist Church (G), Bethel United Methodist Church (H), Bethlehem United Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Beachy Cemetery (1), Deakins Cemetery (2), Blackwood Cemetery (3), Bolyard Cemetery (4), Union Cemetery (5), Wilson Cemetery (6), East View Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs and swamps: Fairfax Pond (A), Hulls Lake (B), Lake O' Woods (C), Silver Lake (D), Terra Alta Lake (E), Appalachian Lake (F), Big Bear Lake (G), Robinson Run Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Tibbs Run (A), Tankiln Run (B), Sypolt Run (C), Swamp Run (D), Sugarcomb Run (E), Stony Run (F), Stamping Ground Run (G), Stacks Run (H), Squires Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Preston County include: Briery Mountain Wildlife Management Area (1), Upper Deckers Creek Wildlife Management Area (2), Bruceton Mills Wildlife Management Area (3), Camp Dawson Public Hunting Area (4), Elkins Coal and Coke Company Historic District (5), Arthurdale Historic District (6), Fairfax Stone Historical Monument (7), Cathedral State Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Barbour County , Garrett County, Maryland , Grant County , Fayette County, Pennsylvania , Monongalia County , Taylor County , Tucker County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 691
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 74.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 167 (50% naturalized citizens)

Preston County:

0.6%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 54.6%

Preston County marital status for males
Preston County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Preston County with a mortgage: 2,921 (190 second mortgage, 299 home equity loan, 17 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 3,147

Here:

48.1% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 33.46%
Here33.5%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 9,815
Total congregations: 102

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchChurch of the NazareneAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAChurch of the Brethren
Adherents3,870 (39.4%)1,991 (20.3%)806 (8.2%)744 (7.6%)464 (4.7%)
Congregations54 (52.9%)4 (3.9%)4 (3.9%)7 (6.9%)8 (7.8%)
NameSouthern Baptist ConventionAssemblies of GodPresbyterian Church (USA)Free Methodist Church of North AmericaOther
Adherents455 (4.6%)328 (3.3%)276 (2.8%)243 (2.5%)638 (6.5%)
Congregations3 (2.9%)5 (4.9%)3 (2.9%)3 (2.9%)11 (10.8%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Preston County - Kingwood, Terra Alta, Masontown, Rowlesburg, Reedsville

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

1.65 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Preston County:

0.66 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 21
This county:

6.95 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
Preston County:

4.30 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.6%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.0%
West Virginia:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Preston County:

8.6%
State:

13.1%


Agriculture in Preston County:

Average size of farms: 155 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $11,161
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $49.93
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 3.63%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 83.16%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $11,873
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 24.26%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.09%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $26,182
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.75%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 14.55
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 6.22%
Corn for grain: 1907 harvested acres
Vegetables: 110 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 19 acres

Tornado activity:

Preston County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly above West Virginia state average. It is 2.6 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 6 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/20/1977, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 5 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Preston County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Winter Storms: 2, Landslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (15%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (7%)
  • Wood products (6%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Truck transportation (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Health care (25%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)

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




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





Preston County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 9,107 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 1,942 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 35 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 10 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 1 (0%)
  • Walked: 262 (2%)
  • Other means: 132 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 380 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $37,214.

5.31% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($36,738 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.31%
West Virginia average:

5.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.64% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($16,943 average AGI)
2.67% relocated from other states ($19,795 average AGI)
Preston County:

2.67%
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 Monongalia County, WV  1.50% ($36,659 average AGI)
from Garrett County, MD  0.52% ($22,632)
from Marion County, WV  0.16% ($25,471)
from Taylor County, WV  0.12% ($15,231)
from Berkeley County, WV  0.09% ($37,000)


4.42% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,288 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.42%
West Virginia average:

5.65%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.59% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($16,342 average AGI)
1.83% relocated to other states ($13,944 average AGI)
Preston County:

1.83%
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 Monongalia County, WV  1.48% ($28,006 average AGI)
to Marion County, WV  0.29% ($28,032)
to Garrett County, MD  0.26% ($20,750)
to Taylor County, WV  0.15% ($22,125)
to Fayette County, PA  0.12% ($17,769)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5

Births per 1000 population in Preston County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Preston County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Preston County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 5,317 (4,320 aged, 997 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.35
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3617.360
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 83.74
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 28737.94

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1012.780
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1115.720

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 16.77
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 49.81

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 3.32

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 164.3. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 116.0
  • Other - 48.3

Household type by relationship:

Households: 31,142

Size of family households: 4,439 2-persons, 2,164 3-persons, 1,551 4-persons, 584 5-persons, 203 6-persons, 97 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 3,176 1-person, 585 2-persons, 57 3-persons, 29 4-persons, 6 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

98.3% of residents of Preston County speak English at home.
0.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (70% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $186,186,000 ($6236 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $14,110,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $88,892,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $37,049,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $168,000
Federal grants: $39,140,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,743,000 ($477,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $17,194,000 ($9,881,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,121,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,024,000
Federal Government insurance: $11,676,000

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

Births: 1,640
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,772
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +9
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +937
Here:

+31 per 1000 residents
State:

+6 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Preston County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.42 millions of gallons per day (34% from ground, 66% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.5

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Preston County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 13
  • 2 rooms: 59
  • 3 rooms: 185
  • 4 rooms: 1,070
  • 5 rooms: 2,380
  • 6 rooms: 2,620
  • 7 rooms: 1,547
  • 8 rooms: 941
  • 9+ rooms: 781
  • 1 room: 19
  • 2 rooms: 80
  • 3 rooms: 254
  • 4 rooms: 599
  • 5 rooms: 448
  • 6 rooms: 277
  • 7 rooms: 170
  • 8 rooms: 60
  • 9+ rooms: 41
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Preston County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 235
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,333
  • 3 bedrooms: 5,269
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,486
  • 5+ bedrooms: 253
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 394
  • 2 bedrooms: 752
  • 3 bedrooms: 602
  • 4 bedrooms: 166
  • 5+ bedrooms: 15
Cars and other vehicles available in Preston County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 569
  • 1 vehicle: 2,606
  • 2 vehicles: 4,238
  • 3 vehicles: 1,623
  • 4 vehicles: 380
  • 5+ vehicles: 180
  • no vehicle: 433
  • 1 vehicle: 891
  • 2 vehicles: 477
  • 3 vehicles: 126
  • 4 vehicles: 19
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

70% of Preston County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 63% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 46% lived in West Virginia.

Preston County:

70.0%
State average:

63.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $34,200


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 Preston County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (35.1%)
  • Utility gas (16.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.6%)
  • Wood (11.8%)
  • Electricity (10.9%)
  • Coal or coke (9.4%)
  • Other fuel (1.2%)
  • Electricity (32.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (26.5%)
  • Utility gas (15.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10.7%)
  • Wood (9.5%)
  • Coal or coke (3.3%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


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

2.3%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 57
Here:

3.1%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 72
Here:

12.8%
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

Preston County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Preston County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Preston County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Preston 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 Preston County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary17777.4 years
William16873.3 years
Charles16374.4 years
John15675.9 years
James15570.6 years
Robert13166.6 years
George9576.8 years
Joseph7173.7 years
Harry6676.1 years
Richard6267.1 years
Most common last names in Preston County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Bolyard12277.2 years
Wolfe10075.7 years
Miller9973.9 years
Shaffer9274.5 years
Taylor8975.6 years
Smith7477.7 years
Wiles6076.9 years
Knotts5974.0 years
Martin5975.7 years
Sisler5372.3 years
Businesses in Preston County, WV
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware2Little Caesars Pizza1
Dairy Queen3McDonald's1
FedEx1Pizza Hut1
GNC1Rite Aid1
GameStop1Subway4
H&R Block1U-Haul2
Hardee's1U.S. Cellular1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
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