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:
Land area: 648 sq. mi. Water area: 3.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 52 people per square mile
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%).
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%)
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:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
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.
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
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
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:
West Virginia Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorms, Incident Period: February 5, 2010 to February 11, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1903): April 23, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1903, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
West Virginia Hurricane 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 Virginia Severe 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 Virginia Severe Storms & Flooding, Incident Period: May 15, 2001 to September 4, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1378): June 3, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1378, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
West Virginia West Virginia Winter Storm, Incident Period: February 18, 2000 to February 22, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1319): February 28, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1319, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
West Virginia Flooding, Incident Period: January 19, 1996 to February 2, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1096): January 25, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1096, Natural disaster type: Flood
West Virginia Blizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1084): January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1084, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
West Virginia Severe Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3109): March 17, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3109, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
West Virginia SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: November 3, 1985 to November 7, 1985, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-753): November 7, 1985, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-753, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
West Virginia SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: August 15, 1980 to August 22, 1980, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-628): August 15, 1980, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-628, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
1 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
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).
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:
In family households: 26,451 (6,999 male householders, 2,039 female householders)
7,234 spouses, 8,038 children (7,287 natural, 237 adopted, 514 stepchildren), 627 grandchildren, 189 brothers or sisters, 184 parents, 231 other relatives, 744 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 4,691 (1,935 male householders (1,503 living alone)), 1,922 female householders (1,673 living alone)), 834 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 2,378 (2,350 institutionalized population)
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.
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:
54 per 1000 residents
60 per 1000 residents
59 per 1000 residents
61 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +9
+0 per 1000 residents
+2 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +937
+31 per 1000 residents
+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:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 162
2000 to 2004: 527
1990 to 1999: 2,469
1980 to 1989: 2,093
1970 to 1979: 2,787
1960 to 1969: 998
1950 to 1959: 1,240
1940 to 1949: 700
1939 or earlier: 2,958
Rooms in houses/apartments in Preston County, West Virginia
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.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 22294
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