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Preston County, West Virginia (WV)

County population in 2014: 33,788 (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. 2016 cost of living index in Preston County: 85.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (32.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (16.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 42%
  • Government: 11%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 48%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Preston County, West Virginia:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (97.1%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.1%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (0.7%)
Median resident age:  42.0 years
West Virginia median age:  41.0 years
Males: 17,436  (51.6%)
Females: 16,352  (48.4%)
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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 2013: $45,035 ($27,927 in 1999)

This county:

$45035
West Virginia:

$41253

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $377 (lower quartile is $268, upper quartile is $512)
This county:

$377
State:

$461


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $111,372 (it was $56,700 in 2000)
Preston:

$111,372
West Virginia:

$103,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $54,858 - $173,239
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $923
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $290

Institutionalized population: 2,350

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 17
  • Burglaries: 37
  • Thefts: 28
  • Auto thefts: 12

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 10
  • Burglaries: 46
  • Thefts: 51
  • Auto thefts: 9
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $70,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $76,000
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $76,000
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $45,000
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $55,000
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $90,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $521 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $402 (0.5%)

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 2013: 14.1%
(14.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 6.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 2.9% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.5%
Preston County:

14.5%
West Virginia:

18.5%
(14.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 6.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 3.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 42 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 69 years old, Asian residents: 46 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 34 years old, Other race residents: 37 years old)

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, Aurora, Brandonville.

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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Neighboring counties: Baltimore County, Maryland , Chester County, Pennsylvania , Hardy County , Monongalia County , Highland County, Ohio , Baltimore city, Maryland .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.4%
West Virginia:

6.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 15
  • 1990 to 1994: 16
  • 1985 to 1989: 32
  • 1980 to 1984: 14
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 10
  • 1970 to 1974: 28
  • 1965 to 1969: 52

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:

  • One, detached: 9,670
  • One, attached: 100
  • Two: 157
  • 3 or 4: 194
  • 5 to 9: 316
  • 10 to 19: 26
  • 20 or more: 102
  • Mobile homes: 2,835
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 44

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Preston County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,77761
Evangelical Protestant2,30237
Catholic1,3495
Other3663
None24,726-
Preston 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: 5
Preston County:

1.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.66 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 21
Preston County:

6.95 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
This county:

4.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Preston County:

11.6%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Preston County:

29.0%
State:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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

Earthquake activity:

Preston County-area historical earthquake activity is near West Virginia state average. It is 83% 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 144.7 miles away from Preston County center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 166.8 miles away from the 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 246.2 miles away from the county center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 161.7 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 201.8 miles away from Preston County center
On 1/26/2001 at 03:03:20, a magnitude 4.4 (3.9 MB, 4.4 LG, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 180.8 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:

  • West VirginiaSevere 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 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: 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 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 VirginiaWest 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 VirginiaFlooding, 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 VirginiaBlizzard, 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 VirginiaSevere 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 VirginiaSEVERE 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 VirginiaSEVERE 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: 5, Storms: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Storm: 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 (24%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Manufacturing (3%)
  • Health care and social assistance (33%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (21%)
  • Transportation occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (11%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (5%)

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

  • United Kingdom (28%)
  • Germany (20%)
  • Korea (10%)
  • Other South Central Asia (8%)
  • Canada (7%)
  • Other Eastern Africa (5%)
  • Asia, n.e.c. (4%)

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

  • United States or American (29%)
  • German (26%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • English (10%)
  • Italian (5%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • Dutch (2%)

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:

  • 252 people in nursing homes
  • 81 people in other group homes
  • 77 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 19 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

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

  • 2,086 people in federal prisons
  • 239 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 28 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 20 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 5 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $44,782.

4.23% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,498 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.23%
West Virginia average:

5.16%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.29% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($19,554 average AGI)
1.94% relocated from other states ($17,944 average AGI)
Preston County:

1.94%
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 Monongalia County, WV  1.35% ($37,183 average AGI)
from Garrett County, MD  0.26% ($25,586)
from Fayette County, PA  0.13% ($34,467)
from Marion County, WV  0.12% ($34,143)
from Taylor County, WV  0.12% ($34,429)
from Barbour County, WV  0.09% ($26,600)


4.41% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,671 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.41%
West Virginia average:

5.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.67% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($23,315 average AGI)
1.74% relocated to other states ($13,357 average AGI)
Preston County:

1.74%
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 Monongalia County, WV  1.61% ($39,536 average AGI)
to Garrett County, MD  0.36% ($21,317)
to Marion County, WV  0.28% ($31,781)
to Harrison County, WV  0.10% ($74,364)

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 from 2007 to 2014: 10.1

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

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 18.7%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 7.7%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Preston County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Preston County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 5,886 (4,689 aged, 1,197 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 736 (11%)

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 Preston County, West Virginia in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (519)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (360)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (311)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (250)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (176)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (152)
  • Congestive heart failure (149)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (135)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (117)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (98)

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
  • 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.

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.

4,943 married couples with children.
1,274 single-parent households (373 men, 901 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 154
  • 2000 to 2004: 2,106
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,151
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,423
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,426
  • 1960 to 1969: 844
  • 1950 to 1959: 859
  • 1940 to 1949: 790
  • 1939 or earlier: 3,295
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:

  • This state: 22294
  • Northeast: 1574
  • Midwest: 1156
  • South: 3773
  • West: 269

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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Preston County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $1,026,000
    Central Staff Services: $850,000
    Police Protection: $580,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $448,000
    Corrections - Other: $439,000
    Financial Administration: $421,000
    Health Services - Other: $350,000
    General Public Buildings: $220,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $110,000
    Fire Protection: $60,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff: $101,000
    General Public Building: $26,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,237,000

Preston County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $995,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $450,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $135,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $251,000
    Interest Earnings: $58,000
    Rents: $26,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health & Hospitals: $220,000
    All Other: $200,000
    General Support: $165,000
    Water Utilities: $61,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,289,000
    Public Utilities: $45,000
    Other Selective Sales: $18,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $7,000
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $4,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $0

Preston County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,787,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,295
  • Number of aged recipients: 83
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,212
  • Number of recipients under 18: 180
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 888
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 227
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 381
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 584
Preston County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Preston County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
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 Hardware2La-Z-Boy1
Advance Auto Parts1Little Caesars Pizza1
Circle K1McDonald's1
Dairy Queen3Pizza Hut1
FedEx1Rite Aid1
Ford1Subway4
GNC1U-Haul2
GameStop1U.S. Cellular1
H&R Block1Walmart1
Hardee's1